Goodbye grilled cheese sandwiches! It’s time you swapped those traditional after-school snacks with these healthy fruit and veggie varieties.


Let’s face it, with a crazy work schedule and the kids’ extensive extracurricular activities, the frozen food aisle can be terribly tempting. But when it comes to feeding your family the right stuff, eating well is actually a lot easier than you think. Having recently attended Hidden Valley’s veggie roundtable event, we picked up some tips on how to swap out those artificially processed and sugar-filled snacks with fresh fruits and great-tasting greens. Check it out.

Cheese-Filled Dates

Don’t indulge your children’s sweet tooth with a box of chocolate chip cookies. Offer them a naturally sweet alternative instead. Stuff pitted dates with goat cheese for a snack that’s as savory as it is satisfying.

Baked Nuts

Satisfy your kids’ salt cravings by swapping out fatty chips with nutritious nuts. Season your favorite sampling of nuts with a drizzle of maple syrup and Hidden Valley’s Original Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix. Bake in the oven at 350°F until crisp.


Forego greasy nachos for a plate of equally delicious guac! Add celery sticks, sliced carrots and bell peppers for a plate that’s packed with ingredients that are good for both grown-ups and a growing brood.


Who needs hamburgers when you can have rich, roasted vegetables on a stick? Coat broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots and kale with olive oil and seasoning. Roast in the oven at 425°F until tender (ca. 15-20 min). Once cooled, thread vegetables onto skewer to serve kebab-style.

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Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

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