Tired of crackers, cheerios and raisins? Try one of our snack suggestions from countries like Palestine, Brazil and Morocco for some new ideas to jazz up your snack repertoire.
1. Mexican Paletas (popsicles)
With flavors like coconut pineapple, cucumber chili and banana milk, these blow your average popsicle out of the water.
2. Middle Eastern Nut-Stuffed Dates
Slice a date in half, remove the pit and stuff each side with a pecan, walnut or almond. The nut offsets the sweetness of the date and this snack is action packed with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and more.
3. Brazilian Pão de Queijo (cheese bread)
This one is even gluten flee, using tapioca flour instead of wheat. Cheesy and moist, your kids won’t eat just one.
4. Moroccan Hard-Boiled Eggs
Slice the eggs and sprinkle with cumin. Cumin is said to aid in digestion and is a source of iron, when eaten in larger quantities.
5. East Asian: Dried Seaweed
Roll it with some brown rice for a heartier snack.
6. German Sandwich
Take a thin slice of hearty bread, or even a hearty cracker, spread some cream cheese on it and top with thinly-sliced cucumbers (only one piece of bread required—this is an open sandwich).
7. Colombian Arepas
Another gluten free option using cornmeal instead of flour, stuff with cheese, veggies or try cheese and corn.
8. Palestinian Pita Bread with za’atar .
Take a piece of pita, dunk it in olive oil and then dip it into a small bowl of zaatar. Yum! It even passed two-year-old taste buds over here.
9. Latin American platanos
These are crunchy with a denser center and made with a little salt, so kids love them, but they’re so much healthier than a potato chip. Buy them on the brown to black side (blacker is better) to make maduros, a sweet snack. Slice ‘em and fry ‘em (lightly), and they’re ready for munching.
10. Japanese onigiri.
These are hands down one of my kids all time favorite snacks.