9 Quick and Healthy Bedtime Snacks for Your Kids

Not only do kids need to eat often to fulfill their unique energy and nutrient requirements, but Kids who go to bed hungry don't sleep well. A nutritious snack can be an important part of their bedtime routine. Here are some quick and healthy treats that your child can eat before going to bed.

Quick & Easy Bedtime Snacks:

Plan your child's snacks 45 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime. This is a great way to kick-off your nightly bedtime routine.

  • Whole grain bread with nut butter and low fat milk
  • Fruit smoothie (favorite yogurt--flavored or plain, fresh or frozen fruit and milk)
  • Yogurt with fruit (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • Fruit (fresh, frozen or canned) and string cheese
  • Whole grain crackers and cheese
  • Graham crackers and applesauce
  • Whole grain cereal and low fat milk
  • Oatmeal made with milk--heat up your child's favorite flavored oatmeal (apple cinnamon, cinnamon sugar--blend with low fat milk and serve--makes for a nice winter time snack)
  • Bedtime Bars (see recipe) and low fat milk

Bedtime Bars

  • ? cup Baking Mix
  •  2 cups Oats, Instant
  • ? cup Nut Butter (Peanut or Soy)
  • ? cup Cinnamon Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ? cup Honey
  • ? cup Raisins
  • ? cup Chocolate Chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line or lightly grease 9x9 inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl stir together baking mix and oatmeal until well blended. In small bowl, stir together nut butter, applesauce and honey until well blended; Add to baking and oatmeal mix. Stir until well combined. Add raisins and chocolate chips. Mix until well blended. Press dough into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cool about 20 minutes. Cut into bars. Yield: 10 bars


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