Children's Health and Wellness

Healthy Snacks

Ciabatta Pizza

Ciabatta, the Italian flat bread popular in toasted sandwiches, makes a handy pizza base. You can reduce the carbs and calories slightly by pulling out some of the soft interior.

Carrot Oat Bran Muffins

Applesauce adds moistness without fat. A non-nutritive sweetener also cuts the calories.

Do-It-Yourself Trail Mix

Toss wheat cereal and cashews with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.

Fresh Cranberry Applesauce

Cook chopped apples and cranberries in the microwave for four minutes. Then stir in sugar or sweetener and mash with a fork to desired consistency.

All Red and Ready-to-Go Pizza

Put the flat bread spread with the toppings on a toaster oven tray and use the "top brown" setting. It's ready when the cheese bubbles, in three to five minutes.

Base for a Variation on Hummus

Keep this on hand for a quick meal, or prepare in batches to give as gifts.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Bananas that are getting past ripe work perfectly in smoothies. Peel them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze them.

Blue-Green Canapés

Healthy appetizers for you and your guests.

Pineapple Smoothies

Just three ingredients: pineapple chunks, vanilla yogurt, and ice. Quick and yummy!

Pink Lemonade

Turn your lemonade pink with fresh, ripe strawberries.

Pitcher-Perfect Iced Tea

You can use regular, decaffeinated, or herbal tea. Let it steep for five to seven minutes.

Raspberry Mustard Dip

You can buy ready-made raspberry mustard, but you won’t find the depth of flavor you get when you mix your own.

Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer

For a cool, summer drink, mash kiwi and strawberries and mix with plain seltzer and ice.

Strawberry Spread

A healthy topper for toast, waffle or pancakes.

Vegetable Dip Mix

These ingredients are in the right proportions for one batch of dip mix. For a gift jar, keep adding a round of all five ingredients until you have enough to fill the jar.

Whole-Grain Party Mix

You can make a healthier party mix by using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts.

Peach Berry Crisp

Fresh peaches and blueberries are nestled under a topping flavored with ginger and lemon.

Peach Melba Smoothie for Two

Put peaches, yogurt, ice and all but six raspberries into blender and puree. Serve in tall glasses. Garnish with reserved berries. The smoothie will be thick enough to float them on top. Add fresh mint leaves if you have them.

Quick Apple Crisp

Each serving contains about 134 calories, 1 g protein, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 44 mg of sodium.

April Fool

A quick English dessert of cooked berries layered with whipped cream.