Keto Snacks: The Best Snacks To Try On The Keto Diet

Here are the absolute best snacks to enjoy on the keto diet!

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Whether you’re a seasoned Ketogenic dieter, or new to the game, you’ve likely struggled with one major thing – SNACKS.

The spice of life, right?

We seem to have breakfast, lunch and dinners figured out. But what about snacks? What about those moments where you’re sitting at your desk, or watching a movie, and your normal snacking is out the window with these low-carb dieting? Thankfully, Keto snacks are some of the best Keto-specific recipes out there. You’ll not only squash your cravings, but you’ll also be refueling with healthy fat snacks that will keep you going until dinner.

1. Pork Rinds

Pork skin that puffs up when fried is the perfect substitute for chips. These aren’t very filling, but they’re high in fat (helpful for keto) and the perfect snack when you need to do some mindless eating. You can keep a bag on you at all times to munch on whenever you’re out and about.

They come in a variety of seasonings, but best stay away from the kinds of added MSG. You can always season them yourself too, make nachos, dip in cream-based dips and so on. They’re usually found in most grocery stores, but if you’re having trouble finding them, check out your local Asian food market!

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2. Low-Carb Keto Tuna Pickle Boats

When you get hangry, you need a good snack, and quick. This Forkly recipe will save your diet, keep you from grabbing the wrong things, and it’s low-calorie, low-carb, high-fat and everything you’ve dreamed of. An entire plate accounts to just 200 calories and it takes just five minutes to prepare. This snack is also free of gluten and dairy.

Don’t shy away from the odd combination, it’s actually a pretty amazing food fusion. The tanginess of the dill pickle is the perfect compliment to its tuna salad filling. If you don’t like tuna, feel free to replace it with chicken or flaked salmon.

3. Guacamole

Ok so this is a dip, but one with endless opportunities that you could never get bored of it. Dip a cheese crisp, crispy bacon, flax seed crackers or veggies into this avocado-based dip (which if you haven’t heard by now – is an essential “healthy” fat in your diet). Truly ambitious? Yes, you can just eat it off a spoon. Oh, the perks of the low-carb diet.

If you’re up for the challenge, you could try making guacamole from scratch. There are plenty of keto-friendly guac recipes to choose from online. You can prep it in advance to have it on hand for the week ahead whenever you’re in need of a snack pick-me-up.

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4. Cheese Crisps

As I just mentioned for a suggestion to dip in guac, you may be wondering what the heck cheese crisps even are. Well, they’re basically cheese, crisped. This easy-to-follow Forkly recipe walks you through the process step by step. It yields 16 servings, takes one minute to prepare, and up to five minutes of cook time in the oven.

This snack is literally just cheese in disguise of a chip. Made quickly in the oven by placing sliced cheddar cheese onto parchment, broiled and then left to cool, they bubble and harden into the perfect chip. Munch on them for a filling and tasty snack!

5. Canned Sardines

Listen, I get it. I was pretty hesitant about these too. But, as it turns out, they’re not the gross, disgusting fish heads you may have envisioned them to be. Give it a chance and see for yourself!

Typically packed in oil with heads removed, these are easily forked and eaten for a perfect low-carb snack. If you’re wondering what they taste like? They taste like a mild tuna, actually. They often come in flavors such as jalapeno and tomato sauces for some added delight. Don’t knock it till you try it, and they’re fairly inexpensive, so they’re worth a shot.

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6. Low-Carb Onion Rings

Made with while onion, coconut flour, eggs, whipping cream, pork rinds and parmesan cheese – these onion rings are the baked, keto-version of onion rings you never knew existed. This recipe from KetoConnect double coats the onion rings in the egg mixture and bread that results in a filling snack you won’t be able to stop reaching for!

If you prefer to dip your onion rings in ketchup, try and swap for tomato paste, or a sugar-free at home version. Ranch dressing and sour cream and onion dip are some other tasty options. Or, instead – opt for a mayo-based dip or otherwise to keep those carbs low!

7. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the best spreads that can also be used in plenty of recipes. Now, it’s important to note that you won’t be able to eat just any kind of peanut butter. On the ketogenic diet, you’re going to have to steer clear of anything with added sugars (meaning added carbs). 

Opting for a healthier natural version, it’s the perfect snack when paired with some celery (sorry, no raisins on this log!)…or a spoon. Always read your labels, and find the nut butter that’s best for you. Almond is also a popular choice if you’re looking to switch it up.

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8. Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

Have a snacking sweet tooth that needs immediate attention? Then this delicious Forkly recipe is for you! With the use of coconut oil, natural peanut butter, sugar-free chocolate and some whole & crushed pecans, you have a freezer snack ready at all times. This recipe yields 24 servings that you can have on hand whenever you’re aching for something sweet, but keto-friendly.

This recipe is super easy because it doesn’t require any baking in the oven. Simply follow the steps and pop the tray in the freezer until it’s set. Be warned though, if you make a tray of this – be prepared for how quickly it will disappear. It’s good. Too good.

9. One-Minute Keto Mug Bread

So maybe not a snack, but if you’re a carb-loving human, it sure is. With this bread, you can whip it up in one minute, in the microwave and slice and enjoy whenever you please.

Since it’s fairly small and yields about 6 slices you can eat the whole loaf, guilt-free. It also toasts well, freezes for later, and is versatile for many different snack options. Cheese and meat? yup! Toasted with butter? sure! Spread with peanut butter? Oh heck yes you can!

10. Easy Low-Carb (Keto) Big Mac Bites

These Big Mac Bites are absolutely drool-worthy and the Copycat Big Mac Sauce is spot on – you wouldn’t even know it didn’t come out through the drive-thru! They’re perfect for barbeque and patio season when hosting commitments, parties, and potlucks are in full swing.This Forkly recipe yields 10 servings and takes just six easy steps to complete.

Perhaps the best part? These perfect little snacks or appys are keto-friendly, which means you don’t have to starve at the next potluck or party you attend! They’ll be enjoyed by everyone – keto-dieters and carb-lovers alike – so no need to double up on the dishes you bring.

11. One-Minute Keto Cheesy Garlic Mug Bread

Most people on the Keto diet miss bread a lot. But the carbs in traditional wheat bread are just way too high and easily make you slip out of ketosis! This Forkly cheesy garlic mug bread recipe is low-carb, packed with flavor, and easy to whip up when the craving hits.

Whether you just need an afternoon snack or desperately want some garlic bread to go with dinner, we’ve got you covered with this easy microwave mug recipe. The ingredients are simple (you may even have them already!) and the instructions are straightforward, making this one of our favorite Keto snacks!

12. Hard Boiled Eggs

Make them in a large batch (heck, why not the whole dozen?) all at once, and have them ready for grabbing on the go as you need them throughout the week. There are some places that you can buy them pre-made, but if you’ve got a pot, some water, and some eggs – you can do this all on your own (we believe in you!).

Want to batch cook a whole bunch of eggs at the start of the week? Our favorite method is the 5-5-5 method using our Instant Pot! In 15 minutes you have eggs that peel so easily from the shells and you don’t need baking soda or vinegar or salted water to achieve it. They’re perfectly cooked every single time.

13. Creamy Keto OREO Cookies and Cream Fat Bombs

You thought you had to say goodbye to OREOs, but we’ve got you covered with these delicious fat bombs inspired by the famous cookie! They look unhealthy but are made with almond flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, and other ingredients that keep it keto friendly. This Forkly recipe yields about 16 to 20 servings and an hour and a half of freezer time. 

To separate the cream from the coconut water, it’s recommended that you put the cans of coconut milk in the fridge 24 hours before starting the recipe. Now you can enjoy decadently sweet oreos that will keep you full throughout the day!

14. Pepperettes

You’ll want to pick up a package of pepperettes the next time you’re at the grocery store. Easy, packable meat that doesn’t require refrigeration. Perfect to store on your desk at work, your purse, car, jacket pocket, I mean… best to be prepared, yes? Wherever you go, pepperettes are a snack that can go with you.

These meat sticks are dry-cured, an instant hit of protein and salty enough to satisfy your snack cravings. They’re inexpensive, don’t expire for a long time, and definitely worth keeping on hand. They can also help keep you fuller for longer throughout the day compared to carbohydrate based snacks.

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15. Pumpkin Seeds

There’s no reason why pumpkin seeds should only be enjoyed after carving a pumpkin for Halloween. This tasty snack is perfect for keto-friendly snacking all year long! Also knows as “pepitas” these little seeds can be your best friend when you’re needing a quick snack that will fit your dietary needs.

High in fat, they are incredibly filling and satisfying either raw or roasted, seasoned or not. When you look for them in stores, you’ll be looking for a small green seed, since they’re hulled out of their shells! try not to look for the in-shell variety, but the hulled kind (they’ll be green and delicious!).

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16. Keto Popcorn

Popcorn can be enjoyed on the keto diet but you have to stick to about only one cup. I don’t know about you but 1 cup of popcorn won’t fulfill my snacking needs! Instead, try making this keto popcorn from the website My Keto Kitchen.

This 1 ingredient substitute is probably not what you think it is! Surprisingly, this is actually cheese! This is a 2-step recipe that requires you to begin the process the day before you want to eat it. However, don’t worry, it’s easy and the pay off is worth it! With a little preparation, there’s no reason why your next movie night shouldn’t include popcorn.

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17. Tuna Stuffed Avocados

You don’t need a tuna sandwich when you can snack on these delicious tuna stuffed avocados instead! This snack is loaded with healthy fats, is a great source of protein and will surely satisfy your taste buds in a keto-friendly way. This recipe from Downshiftology takes just 15 minutes to prepare and yields four incredibly delicious servings.

To create this snack you’ll first need to prepare the tuna salad. This is made with cans of tuna, mayo, dijon mustard and a few additional ingredients that add flavor. Scoop the tuna salad onto the avocado and they are ready to enjoy!

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18. Keto Cookie Dough

I don’t know about you but when I’m making cookies I’m always tempted to snack on the dough. However, it’s not really healthy to do so. This recipe from That’s Low Carb allows you to purposely snack on cookie dough guilt-free and safely!

This snack will surely hit the spot and comes in at only 1 net carb per serving – WOAH! Coconut flour makes this recipe low-carb and other ingredients such as liquid stevia, erythritol, heavy cream, and butter make it keto-approved. The recipe yields 32 cookie dough bites and takes just five minutes to prepare. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh!

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St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer Ideas

Here are the absolute best appetizer recipes to serve on St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is just weeks away and it’s never too early to start planning! Whether you’re hosting a St. Patty’s Day party or attending someone else’s get-together, you’re going to want to make a festive dish (or a lot of festive dishes) to lighten up the mood.

Every year, party planners and partygoers search for cool and unique St. Patrick’s Day appetizer ideas. The best appetizers for this type of event are green, considering green is the primary color associated with Ireland. If you’re looking for awesome green St. Patrick’s Day appetizers, consider one (or all!) of the 47 below!

1. Jalapeno Popper Cups

These festive little cups will add some serious spice to your St. Patty’s Day get-together. They’re easy to make and oh-so-delicious, so make sure you add them to your list this year! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FLIP COOKBOOK

2. Green Stuffed Pepper

Stuffed peppers are a great appetizer idea for St. Patrick’s Day parties. Peppers are liked by almost everyone so choosing to stuff green ones with three different types of cheeses will be a hit with all of your guests.

These are quick and easy to make and will add a hint of green to your food table this year. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WINE AND GLUE

3. Green Pizza

Everyone loves pizza, right? The green vegetables on this classic appetizer make it the perfect choice for your St. Paddy’s Day party this year.

Some topping you can use include arugula, spinach, green onions, green peppers, zucchini, broccoli etc. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WELL AND FULL

4. Spinach Cups

Spinach cups are easy and festive and everyone will love them. You can either make your own cups using flour or you can buy Tostitos scoops from the store (much easier, in my opinion).

Fill the scoops with either homemade or store-bought spinach dip and you have a delicious appetizer that literally takes less than 5 minutes to whip together. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KISS RECIPE

5. Shamrock Veggie Skewers

It can be easy to pull out some pre-made appetizers that you can pop in the oven and have ready to go for your St. Patty’s celebrations, and there’s nothing truly wrong with that.

If you have more time though, why not make a healthy veggie skewer to ensure that you are offering some healthy alternatives to your traditional apps? PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO HEALTHY KITCHENS

6. Grilled Beef and Vegetable Skewers

Grilled skewers are super easy to make and offer your guests a variety of choices and flavors. The best part is, March is the beginning of Spring which means you can definitely barbecue these.

You can create several different types of kabobs for this event but sticking to green vegetables (zucchini, green peppers and asparagus) will make your skewers look even more festive! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKE AT MIDNITE

7. Guacamole Cups

Much like spinach cups, guacamole cups are a sure hit with party-goers. The fresh avocado mixed with the salty nacho cup makes for the perfect party snack.

If you’re making (or buying) nacho cups anyway, why not offer your guests a mix of guacamole and spinach cups? PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN

8. Grilled Zucchini Rolls

These intricate appetizers are slightly more difficult to make (at least compared to most of the ideas on this list) but, if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, they’re definitely worth it.

Zucchinis are rolled in cream cheese for a delicious snack you can’t resist and will definitely be making at every gathering after this. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LITTLE BROKEN

9. Irish Potato Candy

What is more Irish than potatoes?! Serve up this sweet treat that will give everyone a taste of Ireland and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

The best part is that they are bite-sized so you can even send friends home with a little goodie bag of St. Patty’s treats! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SUGAR AND SOUL

10. Jalapeno Potato Poppers

Jalapeno poppers are a given on any St. Patty’s day food list. These jalapeno potato poppers are spicy and cheesy and everything you look for in a good party snack.

You might want to make a big batch of these guys because they will go fast and your guests will be begging for seconds, thirds and well…a whole lot more. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MINDY’S COOKING OBSESSION

11. Avocado Deviled Eggs

Traditional deviled eggs get a new green spin with this recipe. If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, it better be green and looking extremely festive!

Combining two good fats, of avocados and eggs, then topped with some diced green onions, you get a delightfully delicious green appy that is good for you, too! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THIS MAMA COOKS

12. The Best Blender Guacamole

Much like jalapeno poppers, guacamole is a staple of any good St. Patrick’s day party. Not only will people love the dip, but they’ll be giving their bodies those sought-after omega-3 fatty acids.

If you’re going to make the guacamole cups we suggested earlier, why not make a ton of the guac and serve it with pitas, tortillas or even green veggies. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BAKER MAMA

13. Green Pinwheels

Green pinwheels are easy to whip and can be as healthy as you want them to be. If you’re not watching your waistline, you can pack them full of cheese and meats and if you are watching your waistline you can use vegetables and other healthy alternatives.

Either way, these will make a great treat for your guests. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DESSERT NOW DINNER LATER

14. Grilled Asparagus Wraps

If you’re firing up the grill this St. Patty’s Day, you should definitely consider these themed appetizers.

The green asparagus makes them perfect for the Irish holiday while the prosciutto makes them a delicious snack for everyone to enjoy. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES

15. Shamrock Chips

These cute little shamrock chips are great for any party but are especially fun if you have kids attending. The clover shape and color of the chips are key, so make sure you take the time to make them look extra special.

Other than that, this easy-to-make snack is just as delicious as they are simple to throw together. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SMART SCHOOL HOUSE

16. Lucky Spinach Quiche

Quiches are a fantastic appetizer to make because they look, gourmet, while not taking too long to make. The difference this time is that your crust will be consistent with the theme of your party.

If your crowd is specifically crazy about a certain type of cheese, meat or veggies, add it to this scrumptious dish that will keep your guests satiated until supper. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DIAMONDS FOR DESSERT

17. Cheddar Guinness Dip

When St. Patrick’s day rolls around, what’s the one alcohol everyone thinks of? Guinness beer of course! And you don’t just have to drink it, you can eat it as well.

Make this rich and creamy cheddar Guinness dip to be spread on a baguette or use crackers to scoop up this Irish perfection. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE PARSLEY THIEF

18. Shamrock Chips with Pot O Gold Dip

Cookie cutters are always underrated when it comes to their versatility. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out some perfectly shaped shamrock tortilla chips to scoop up this amazing homemade gold dip.

Not only is it pleasing to the eye and consistent with the party theme, but it’s also a healthy snack to munch on. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOW DOES SHE

19.  Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

If you have some vegans in your crowd, frozen appetizers just won’t cut it. Make this kale pesto that is friendly for every vegan in the room and serve on some delicious, fluffy bread.

You can also top it off with some vegan mozzarella cheese if you feel like getting really creative with your vegan snack. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: OH MY VEGGIES

20. Reuben-Topped Irish Nachos

Nachos are traditionally viewed as a Mexican dish that people all over the world absolutely love to enjoy, regardless of what country they hail from.

Switch out your normal chips and toppings for some homemade potato chips topped with the fixin’s of a reuben sandwich to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO HEALTHY KITCHENS

21. Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls

When you’re looking for a perfect appetizer that will make your guests green with jealousy that they didn’t come up with this idea themselves, these corned beef and cabbage egg rolls are the way to go!

This homemade beer mustard dip is perfect for matching your St. Patrick’s Day theme to a T and doesn’t take too long to make. The best part is, it’s not a dip that comes out of a bottle packed full with artificial flavors. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING AND BEER

22. Guinness Pulled Pork

An easy and underrated appetizer is that of the Guinness Pulled Pork slider. Instead of providing big, meal-sized buns to pile high with meat, use mini slider buns instead.

This pulled pork is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because of the flavoring that comes straight from Dublin, Ireland – Guinness beer! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN

23. Corned Beef Leprechaun Cheeseball

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there are a few things that people think of, one being a leprechaun. Make this simple cheeseball that is packed with flavor but also looks like “he” came straight from the motherland.

Use some green pepper to create the perfect leprechaun hat and some lovely carrot shavings to create the ideal orange hair! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HANDMADE IN THE HEARTLAND

24. Irish Devilled Eggs

Earlier we talked about how you can add a touch of green to a traditional deviled egg recipe by adding avocados to the filling. Here you’ll color the egg whites instead and add a traditional deviled egg filling into the center!

They’re so easy to make and you can have your kids help and get the party food prepped and ready to go sooner! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOOD JIMOTO

25. Irish Leek and Potato Soup

If you’re having a St. Patrick’s Day supper, one way to warm up the stomachs of your guests is by serving up a traditional Irish soup that probably matches your St. Patrick’s Day table cloth!

Drizzle some sour cream or greek yogurt on top and finish with chives or green onion for added flavor and texture. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE VIEW FROM GREAT ISLAND

26. Avocado Fries with Green Goddess Protein Dip

Just when you thought “I’ve already made guac for St. Paddy’s, what else can I do with avocado?”, we suddenly have a solution for you.

These avocado fries are not only absolutely delicious but are breaded to perfection. When your guests bite into their fries, they’ll see why you made this app for St. Paddy’s! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ABBEY’S KITCHEN

27. Spinach Muffins with Ricotta

If you enjoy minimal mess and therefore barely any cleanup, serve these savory muffins to your St. Patrick’s Day guests and let the green spinach help you celebrate this day!

The best part is, these muffins are filling which will keep your guests full until the main course of supper. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LEELALICIOUS

28. Green Superfood Salad

If you’re trying to stay extra healthy this St. Patrick’s Day, don’t worry – we have you covered! This salad is actually so incredible for you, you’ll want to start making it on a daily basis.

It’s packed with superfoods that will not only give you your omega-3 fatty acids but also provides tons of antioxidants that help reduce your chances of getting cancer. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTING PAGE

29. Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

Do you have any shrimp fans on the guest list tonight? Of course, you do! Impress your guests with these perfectly grilled shrimp avocado cucumber bites for a gourmet appetizer.

You can also serve them as part of the main meal if you want to turn it into a shrimp salad and add some of your homemade dressing to it. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CLOSET COOKING

30. Leprechaun Popcorn

You expect to see savory appetizers at every party but not everyone expects to see something sweet! This leprechaun popcorn is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and is so easy to make too!

All you’ll need is microwave popcorn, white and green candy melts, St. Patrick’s Day themed sprinkles and green mint M&M’s. Prepare this treat with your kids and they’ll have fun with it! Better yet, it will only take 10 minutes to prepare. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM FOODIE

31. Irish Flag Snack Idea

What better way to celebrate St. Patricks Day than with a delicious snack that looks like the Irish flag. It’s so easy to put together especially since you’ll be using all store-bought ingredients.

To make the flag use cucumber, pepper jack cheese (or any white cheese), and cheddar cheese. Serve the platter with crackers and Green bell pepper shamrocks! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ENDEAVORS

32. Shamrock Pretzel Treats

These shamrock pretzels are another great sweet appetizer idea! 3 small pretzel twists and a pretzel stick make up the shamrock shape.

The pretzels are dipped in green candy melts for the perfect clover color as well as to help the pretzels stick together. For the finishing touches, spray the shamrock with gold food color mist and garnish with gold sprinkles. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY HOME BASED LIFE

33. Shamrock Cookie Cutters

This idea is so simple you won’t even need a recipe. Cookie cutters are a great tool that can help transform ordinary food into perfectly themed party food!

For St. Patrick’s Day, consider using a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out any soft foods such as fruit and sandwiches. You can also make cookies, biscuits or buns using these cookie cutters!

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34. Shamrock Silicone Mold

This is another great idea that doesn’t require a recipe. Along with cookie cutters, silicone molds can also help you get creative in the kitchen!

These shamrock molds could be used to make ice cubes for party punch, to create clover-shaped chocolates and so many other great options!

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35. Leprechaun Bark

Add some luck to your party table with this leprechaun bark! It’s so easy to make and is a lovely sweet treat that your friends and family will go crazy for.

All you’ll need is white and green chocolate wafers, shamrock marshmallows, rainbow candy, and gold sprinkles. Furthermore, this is a no-bake recipe that can be made in hurry! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JAMONKEY

36. St. Patricks Day Fruit Salad

Leafy green salads are great but this fruit salad would make an excellent addition too! This fruit salad is made up of all green fruits which makes it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

This fruit salad is made with green apples, honeydew melon, green grapes, pears, kiwi, and starfruit. You can create a sweetener out of orange juice and sugar or honey that would taste lovely drizzled over the salad. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MORGAN MANAGES MOMMYHOOD

37. Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots

Tator tots are a hit, especially at parties. However, give a classic like tater tots a fun green twist for St. Patrick’s day and serve your party guests these fun baked broccoli tots.

This appetizer may be healthy but don’t worry, it is certainly delicious too! They’re made from 7 simple ingredients and can be ready to eat in just 35 minutes! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME DELICIOUS

38. Spinach Hummus

Hummus is always a good idea, for any party! It’s gluten-free, nut-free and vegan-friendly which means almost everyone can enjoy it! This naturally vibrant green hummus is green thanks to fresh spinach.

Along with spinach, you’ll need traditional ingredients for hummus such as chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame seeds), lime juice and some water. It blends effortlessly in a food processor and pairs wonderfully with bread, crackers and fresh veggies! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ELEPHANTASTIC

39. Avocado, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is one of the most popular restaurant appetizers! For good reason, it’s delicious! Add some green to this classic appetizer to make it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

To add the color all you’ll have to do is simply add in avocado. Along with the color, avocado also contributes a lovely creamy texture. Serve this dip with pita chips, crackers or veggies and you’ll watch it get gobbled up quickly! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD

40. Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

This cheesy appetizer is so adorable and looks like a little pot of gold! Your friends and family will be intrigued just by the sight of them but the flavor will have them begging for seconds!

This adorable appetizer has a creamy and cheesy filling that is stuffed into a mushroom. They’re topped with a sprinkle of panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese that become golden after cooking. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEAS AND CRAYONS

41. Slow Cooker Corned beef and Cabbage Sliders

These delicious corned beef sliders are made effortlessly using the slow cooker! All you have to do is set the beef brisket in the slow cooker with a few ingredients.

In 4 hours you can slice the brisket, add to a bun and top with coleslaw. You’ll also be provided with a simple Guinness mustard that really makes these sliders extra special and tasty! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE COOKIE ROOKIE

42. Vegan Colcannon Bites

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish. It consists of mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. This recipe puts a dairy-free spin onto classic recipe but the outcome is still amazing! The creamy filling is made from vegan butter, potatoes, collard greens, and delicious seasonings.

Including appetizer options that can accommodate different diets is always a good idea. After all, everyone has a vegan friend (or two) by now! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HEALING TOMATO

43. Onion Potato Tartlets

This party appetizer is similar to the colcannon bites but this is not a vegan recipe. Mashed potatoes are mixed with sour cream, shredded cheese, onions, chives, and garlic and are poured into a flaky puff pastry to create these lovely golden tartlets.

This recipe provides a few recommendations for flavor variation so you can customize them to your liking! Additionally, they’re easy to make and require simple store-bought ingredients. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PUFF PASTRY

44. Irish Elephant Ears

Irish elephant ears are a cheesy and savory pastry! They’re made with puff pastry, Irish Dubliner cheese, and a few other ingredients.

From start to finish, you can have these ready in just 35 minutes! Make them for the party but you’ll find yourself craving them time and time again. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHOCKINGLY DELICIOUS

45. Irish Cheddar Poutine with Bacon & Whiskey Gravy

If you’re unfamiliar with Canadian poutine, it’s essentially french fries topped with cheese curds and is then smothered in a savory gravy. This recipe puts a fun Irish twist on a classic Canadian recipe that transforms this plate of deliciousness into an appetizer perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day party!

What makes this poutine Irish is the Irish cheddar cheese and the delicious Irish whiskey gravy! If you choose to share these at your party they will surely be a hit! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: YES TO YOLKS

46. Quick & Easy St. Patrick’s Day Finger Food Flags

Our St. Patrick’s Day appetizer idea is so quick and easy that you can throw it together minutes before the celebrations begin! All you’ll need is 3 ingredients and a few skewers.

To create this finger food you’ll then need the colors of the Irish flag. We chose cheddar cheese (orange), turkey slices (white), and baby dill pickles (green). However, for a vegetarian option, you can substitute turkey for white cheese. They come together quickly and taste awesome too! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKYL

47. Easy 4-Ingredient Guinness & Bailey’s Jell-O Shots

As a bonus, we’re including our super easy Jell-O shot recipe that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! This boozy treat is made with Guinness, Kahlua, and Bailey’s.

They look like miniature pints of Guinness and will surely capture the attention of everyone at the party! Serve these alongside the party appetizers to get the party started! Just remember to enjoy responsibly! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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Valentine’s Day Snacks for Kids: 30 Love Themed Food Ideas!

Your kids will go crazy for these Valentine’s Day themed treats!

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Valentine’s Day is a day to express your love for the special people in your life. Your kids are undoubtedly some of the most important people in your life – and they should know that! Take the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to add some extra love to their day and make some delicious treats to show you care.

We’re sharing some exciting recipes and ideas to help make this Valentine’s Day unique and special for your children. We have compiled 30 amazing ideas that your kids will surely enjoy!

1. Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles

These Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats are perfect for some special time in the kitchen with kids and even an affordable treat to make and take to school parties. They’re cute and delicious!

Use a variety of sprinkles to let your little ones get creative with the way they decorate these sweet and salty pretzels! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DINNERS, DISHES, AND DESSERTS

2. Heart Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispie squares are loved by children and adults alike. You can give an ordinary Rice Krispie square a makeover by using a heart-shaped cookie cutter making this snack perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Then to make this treat stand out dip the cereal treats in melted pink chocolate and a white chocolate drizzle. Your kids can help you make these and they’ll love eating them even more! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INTIMATE WEDDINGS

3.Valentine’s Cookie Cups

Simple yet delicious and unique, these candy cups are perfect for busy parents or parents who aren’t exactly masters in the kitchen.

You can change the toppings of these to anything you like: cinnamon hearts and mini jelly beans would be good ideas as well. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EAZY PEAZY MEALZ

4. Valentine’s Snack Mix

Mix it up a little with this tasty snack mix delicately placed in jars to make a festive treat both adults and children will love.

This treat combines Rice Chex cereal with chocolate chips, strawberry cream jello, and Valentine’s M&Ms but you can use whatever festive ingredients you like! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PIP AND EBBY

5. Simple Valentine’s Day Heart Sugar Cookies

Looking for a simple yet delicious Valentine’s cookie recipe? Look no further. These delectable cookies are festive and fun and they taste absolutely fantastic.

Your kids will love to take these to school on Valentine’s week – and something tells me you might have to make an extra few for their friends! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOT BEAUTY HEALTH

6. Cute Love Monster Cupcakes

How adorable are these little love monster treats? They’re perfect for kids of all ages – especially boys who don’t exactly like all of the lovey-dovey treats you might want to make.

They’re fun and delicious and these cupcakes will undoubtedly be the talk of the town! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE CAKE BLOG

7. Love Bug Fruit Cups

You don’t have to bake a creative treat to impress your little ones! Instead, try creating these adorable love bug fruit cups. These also make an excellent treat that your kids can share with their friends at school.

You can have 12 love bugs made in just 20 minutes. All you’ll need is pineapple and strawberry fruit cups, pipe cleaners, pompoms, googly eyes, and pink foam shaped hearts. All of these materials can be found at your local craft store or dollar store. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE MELROSE FAMILY

8. Cute Love Ladybug Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These easy-to-make and utterly adorable love bugs are so simple to throw together that even amateur bakers can pull them off.

Simply dip the pointed part of the end in melted chocolate and decorate accordingly. Adding a toothpick with a message on the top makes these healthy treats even more fun! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PRINCESS PINKY GIRL

9. Valentine’s Day S’More Cookies

Everyone loves s’mores, right? Right. So who wouldn’t love this Valentine’s day version of the mouth-watering snack?

It’s easy to make and they’re just as delicious as the traditional version! Add some sprinkles into the mix or some pink icing to make them look a little more festive. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE CAKE BLOG

10. Valentine’s Day Sprinkled Chocolate Donuts

These festive Valentine’s red, pink and white sprinkled donuts aren’t exactly a healthy treat but they’re definitely delicious.

Consider making smaller sized donuts to cut back on the calories. And, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, right? Everyone’s allowed indulge a little! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOVE FROM THE OVEN

11. Emoji Chocolate Bark

Emojis are simply a way of life now, a way to express how you feel without using any words at all! Create a chocolate bark that your kids will thoroughly appreciate and will enjoy handing out at school.

If your little ones aren’t crazy about white chocolate, switch it out for milk chocolate! For a healthier alternative, dry dark chocolate instead. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVING LOCURTO

12. Valentine’s Brownies

Brownies are a crowd favorite and will always be a success with your kids. This Valentine’s day, dress up your brownies for the day of love.

Use icing, sprinkles, toothpicks, and candy to create cupids arrow shooting through the brownie for a fun take on a traditional dessert. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: IT’S ALWAYS AUTUMN

13. Heart Shaped Food

This idea is simple but definitely worth noting. A simple kitchen tool such as heart-shaped cookie cutters can quickly transform a boring snack into one that is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

This set comes with 6 different sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters. Use these cookie cutters for any soft foods such as lunch meat, sandwiches, soft fruits, and the obvious, cookies!

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14. Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs

Many Valentine’s Day treats are loaded with refined sugars so if you’re looking to add more fruit servings to your child’s diet then create these exciting fruit kabobs. You will need bananas, strawberries, yogurt, a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, and lollipop sticks.

If you’re skilled enough you could cut the strawberries into heart shapes by hand but a cookie cutter may be much easier! Then cut up a banana into inch sized pieces. Arrange them on a lollipop stick and pair them with your child’s favorite yogurt! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SIMPLE AND SEASONAL

15. Valentine Oreos

These Valentine’s day Oreos are so easy to make and look adorable too! They would make great gifts for teachers, classmates or to simply give to your children on Valentine’s day.

From start to finish you can have a batch of these cookies ready in just 30 minutes. Additionally, you’ll only need 3 store-bought ingredients. These include Oreos, bright pink candy melts and Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HAPPY BROWN HOUSE

16. Valentine’s Candy Melt Cupcake Toppers

If you don’t have a knack for baking don’t fret! These fool-proof candy melt cupcake toppers are so easy and are precious! To create these melt red candy melts and transfer to a piping bag. On a parchment lined baking sheet pipe your Valentine’s Day designs.  Lastly, add a dash of sprinkles and allow them to chill in the fridge.

When they’re ready you can add them to any store-bought dessert such as cupcakes! Enjoy these at home with your kids or send them to school for an exciting Valentine’s Day treat. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

17. Crushing Hearts Lovebug Bark

Combine two classic Valentine’s Day treats, chocolate and Conversation Hearts to create this incredibly easy treat! This lovebug bark is so cute and can be made in just 15 minutes!

First, you’ll need to combine crushed Conversation Hearts with melted white chocolate wafers. Then decorate pink chocolate wafers with a black food coloring pen and candy eyes to create the adorable lovebugs. Once the chocolate has hardened simply break up into pieces and enjoy! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

18. Valentine Robot Snacks

You don’t have to bake a snack to be creative! This Valentine’s day try creating these fun Valentine’s robot snacks. Your kids will love them and they would be a great treat to share with friends or classmates. They’re so fun to make you could have your kids help you too!

To create these robots you’ll need a few store-bought ingredients. The head can be made from pudding cups, applesauce cups or even jello cups. Further, use any juice box for the body and additional candy for the arms and feet. Lastly, bring your robot to life by decorating the face using a sharpie marker and googly eyes! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRAFTY MORNING

19. 3-Ingredient Brownie Pops

Cake pops are all the rage as of late so there is no question that a brownie pop would be just as popular! these decadent chocolatey pops are made with 3 simple ingredients.

These ingredients include a box of brownies, pink colored chocolate wafers and Valentine’s day themed sprinkles. Additionally, you’ll also need lollipop sticks which you can find at your local hobby store or bulk food store. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEANUT BLOSSOM

20. Heart Eye Emoji Fruit Salad

Give your kids heart eyes (literally) on Valentine’s day! This heart eye emoji fruit salad is so fun and will definitely encourage your kids to eat more fruit!

Pineapple and mango slices will work great for the base of the emojis. Then using watermelon and strawberries cut out the heart eyes with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. These come together quickly and will be fun to create too! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHAT MOMS LOVE

21. Valentine M&M Butterfly Treats

This is another great example of how you can create an exciting Valentine’s Day treat without having to bake anything! Your kids will love these butterfly treats and you could even create them for their classmates too!

This snack is easy to put together you could encourage your children to help you prepare them. You’ll need a few store-bought supplies such as pipe cleaners, markers, Valentine’s M&Ms, sandwich bags, googly eyes, and glue. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRAFTY MORNING

22. Red Velvet Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is an addictive and delicious treat! The fun thing about it is there are so many different variations and recipes out there that there is one for every holiday! This red velvet puppy chow is perfect for Valentine’s Day and your kids will love it!

This sugary chow is made from Rice Chex cereal, white chocolate melts, red velvet cake mix, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk. Once the cereal is prepared and has cooled mix it with colorful candies. It is important to note that because they contain cream cheese they must be refrigerated if you don’t plan on eating them the same day. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: YOUR CUP OF CAKE

23. Easy Cupid’s Arrow Pretzels

Head to your nearest bulk food store and pick up pretzel sticks and heart-shaped gummies to create these adorable Cupid’s arrow pretzels! This sweet snack is very simple and requires next to no time to create too.

To create the feathered end you’ll simply need to cut out a v-shape in the top of the heart. Further, consider picking up a few different kinds of heart-shaped gummies such as sour gummies or non-sugar coated gummies to create variety. PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT

24. Conversation Hearts Pretzel Bites

You could munch on a handful of Conversation Hearts but combine them with chocolate and pretzels and you’ll be in for a real treat! You’ll need 3 simple ingredients for this snack. This includes pretzel snaps, Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, and Valentine’s Conversation Hearts.

In addition to the ingredients, you’ll only need your microwave to help make this snack. They come together quickly and would be a great last-minute treat! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO SISTERS CRAFTING

25. Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe

Kids love candy that is for sure, but they also love playing games too! This Valentine’s Day treat combines the best of both worlds and turns a fun little game into an edible treat.

These Tic Tac Toe treats are so easy to make and would make an excellent snack to share at school too! All you’ll need is graham crackers, heart candies, and white chocolate wafers. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE INSPIRATION EDIT

26. Healthy Banana Pops

Present your kids with a delicious frozen treat! These healthy banana pops are so easy to make and are delightful too! To create these banana pops you will need wooden skewers, bananas, vanilla Greek yogurt, and Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles.

Add the banana to the wooden skewer and then dip them into Greek yogurt.  Then finish this treat by decorating with sprinkles and set them in the freezer to harden. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MAKING THINGS AWESOME

27. Sweetheart Cheerio Balls

Move over Rice Krispies, Cheerios are here to steal the spotlight! these sweetheart Cheerio balls are delicious and so easy to make too! Keep in mind this recipe does contain peanut butter so ensure you only enjoy them at home if your children attend a Nut-free school!

You will need peanut butter or almond butter (your choice), mini marshmallows, Cheerios, butter, white chocolate chips and Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles. Melt the butter, nut butter and marshmallows together and smother the cereal in the ooey-gooey delicious mixture. Make sure you rub your hands in oil so you can form the balls effortlessly! Lastly, decorate these treats with melted white chocolate and sprinkles. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GYM CRAFT LAUNDRY

28. M&M’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars

These Valentine’s cookie bars would make for a great school treat or to enjoy at home with your children. Cookie dough is infused with red, pink, and white colored M&M’s that provides this treat with colors that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

These require about 15 minutes to prepare and then the rest of the time is spent baking in the oven. You’ll know they’re done once they’ve turned a lovely golden brown color. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NUMBER 2 PENCIL

29. White Chocolate Valentine’s Popcorn

Popcorn is the perfect snack for every movie night. However, on Valentine’s Day try making this exciting white chocolate popcorn for a fun treat that you can enjoy with the whole family.

All you’ll need is white chocolate, popped popcorn, salt, and sprinkles. Drizzle the melted chocolate on the popcorn then add salt and sprinkles and allow to cool. This treat will need at least 10 minutes to cool so make sure you make this ahead if you plan on digging in for movie night! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GIMME SOME OVEN

30. Silicone Heart Shape Mold For Homemade Chocolates

Why not try making your own homemade chocolates for Valentine’s Day? With a silicone mold, you can make delectable chocolates effortlessly! Considering this is an easy idea your kids can help you prepare them too and they’ll surely have fun with it!

Head to your local bulk food store and pick up pink, white, and red colored chocolate wafers as well as Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles. Fill the molds with the sprinkles then add the melted chocolate after. Once the chocolate has hardened you’ll be left with a beautiful little chocolate that your kids will be proud of!

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30 Fun Christmas Food Ideas for Kids School Parties!

Your kids will love sharing these Christmas treats at school!

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With Christmas coming, your children may be invited to bring food for their class Holiday party. You could be asked to bring something specific, or the teacher could leave it up for you to decide. Chances are you’ll only find out about it the night before! We have compiled 30 great Christmas party snack recipes that your kids will be proud to bring to their class. The best part is they all can be made very quickly, so they’re great for those rushed school nights.

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1. Homemade Christmas Cheese Crackers

These crackers are made with cheese and whole wheat flour and are packed with a ton of flavor. They taste just like goldfish crackers, but you know exactly what’s inside these. Use holiday-themed cookie cutters to make these even more festive.

This Christmas, skip the prepackaged grocery store treats and try making your child’s favorite snacks at home. You may even find they prefer it to the store bought version! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WINTER MONROE

2. Christmas Pretzel Treats

These one bite snacks have a great sweet/salty combination. Use red and green M&M or Smarties to decorate these bites. They take less than 10 minutes to make.

If you want to make this peanut free, definitely opt for Smarties, or top with a Hershey kiss! Kids will love grabbing a handful of these Christmas treats! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING CLASSY

3. Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter

The vegetable platter can be boring to take to a party, so add some imagination with this great Christmas tree shape. Use broccoli as the leaves and cauliflower as the snow. Trick the kids into eating their greens with this cute party snack.

You can also serve this platter with some dip in a festive Christmas dip bowl for added flavor and Christmas themed fun! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BETTY CROCKER

4. Reindeer Sandwiches

Turn a boring sandwich into a cute reindeer with the use of miniature pretzels. Use condiments, raisins, or chocolate to make the eyes. The red nose can be made from dried cranberries, jam, or a red chocolate.

Keep the sandwiches peanut butter free if you’re taking them to a school party. You can sub in jam, soya spread or cream cheese in the place of peanut butter. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: A SPOTTED PONY

5. Strawberry Santa Claus

These super cute Santa’s are made from strawberries and whip cream. If these treats are being sent to school and won’t be refrigerated, your best option is to use a fake whipped product. That way you know the whipped cream won’t go bad before they eat it.

Another option for the strawberry filling is greek yogurt if you want a healthier twist on this Christmas themed snack. If sugar is an option, try using some cake icing as well as it doesn’t go bad as quickly as cream cheese. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LAURA FUENTES

6. Snowman Juice Boxes

If your child’s teacher has assigned what treat each child should bring, you might be stuck with drinks. It can be hard to think of something creative to do with juice boxes, but we love these snowmen. It’s such a simple idea but they look adorable. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE CHIC SITE

7. Watermelon Christmas Trees

Christmas time is filled with piles of sweet treats for adults and children alike. Provide your child with a fun and festive snack to bring to their Christmas party at school that doesn’t add to the pile of unhealthy options.

Simply cutting a watermelon into the shape of a Christmas tree is not only a really wonderful way to theme a fruit, but it also provides a handy little stump for the kids to hold onto while they eat. Creative and functional! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EATING VIBRANTLY

8. Santa Hat Cupcakes

Whether you are using fondant to create a detailed Santa hat or regular frosting for a more crafty look, this cupcake will be a hit at any Christmas school party.

Have your student line the base of the hat with marshmallows while you add a tower of icing for the hat. You can also add some round white sprinkles for a little snow! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FRUGAL MOM EH

9. Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookie Cups

How adorable are these cookie cups? They may take a little more time than the average cookie for a school party, but they’ll keep your little ones very busy after school which is always a good thing.

Let your kids pick out the design and sprinkles for the mugs so they can make them their own. Their classmates will love munching on these mini cups of cocoa! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KITCHEN FUN WITH MY 3 SONS

10. Santa Clause Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Squares are an easy holiday dessert to send to school with your little students, and you can easily make them festive and fun! Use a little food coloring to create red and black blocks of Rice Krispie Squares, and then use white icing for the belt!

You can expand on this design with black jelly beans for Santa’s boots and a little more white icing if you want Santa’s jacket to be lined with some white fur! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO SISTERS CRAFTING

11. Candy Cane Hearts

These no-mess candy cane hearts are simple and quick to make and are a great treat to send to school with your little one in individual baggies for their classmates to bring home for the holidays.

You can also create these hearts to be attached to Christmas cards for a personal touch for your friends and family. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT

12. Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas Tree Brownies are so simple, but somehow we haven’t thought of this before! Instead of cutting your brownies into squares, cut them into triangles and let your kids decorate their own Christmas tree!

If you are visiting your child’s classroom over the holidays, you can also see if the teacher wants to make this treat into a fun Christmas party activity. Kids will stay focused on creating a masterpiece if they know they can eat it after. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT

13. Easy Snowman Cupcakes

This is a great recipe for families on the run who need to send a treat to school for Christmas but don’t have time to make individual Cocoa cookies! These cupcakes are easy yet still, Christmas themed and visually pleasing.

Simply ice a chocolate cupcake with white icing, dip in crystal sprinkles and finish with chocolate chips for the face with one butterscotch chip for the nose. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT

14. Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

Are you simply not the baking type? Does everything come out burned and your whole kitchen is a mess before you have something ready for your child’s Christmas party at school?

Skip the stress and have your kids work on creating some fun reindeer using pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pom poms from the dollar store. It’s simple, inexpensive and super fun! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOMMY MOMENT

15. Christmas Marshmallow Pops

This is one of those treats that looks way more impressive than it actually is. The best part is, it is kid friendly to make because the messier the chocolate drizzles, the better it looks!

Add three large marshmallows to a candy stick, dip in melted chocolate and finish with colored white chocolate drizzled on top. They will be ready in no time and will definitely be a hit at school. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO SISTERS CRAFTING

16. Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties

Cookies are always a hit with children. Instead of a classic cookie such as chocolate chip, make these peppermint patties that your kids can share at school.

They’re festive in color and in flavor too! Further, these cookies are also very easy to make and only require 6 simple ingredients. Don’t be surprised when your child comes home with no leftovers! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ON TIMEOUT

17. Christmas Tree Oreo Pops

If you’re really pinched for time and can’t make cookies from scratch then you need to make these Christmas tree Oreo pops! They’re like a cookie and a cake pop all in one!

All you’ll need are double stuffed Oreos, lollipop sticks, white and green chocolate wafers, and sprinkles. Melt the white and green chocolate and decorate the Oreos however you like! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: IT’S ALWAYS AUTUMN

18. Christmas Lights Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is delicious and it requires minimal effort to make too! To create this festive Christmas lights chocolate bark you’ll need white and green colored chocolate wafers, peanut M&Ms, and green Mike and Ikes. However, if you need to keep the school treats nut free you could use plain chocolate M&M’s in place of the peanut M&M’s.

To make the bark, first, you’ll want to melt the white chocolate and spread onto a cookie sheet. While it cools in the fridge you can prepare the Mike & Ikes as well as melt the green chocolate. You’ll have this ready to go in no time and the kids at school will love it! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

19. Christmas Light Cupcakes

This is another great idea that shows how you can transform an ordinary treat into a festive one. This cupcake recipe is simple and uses all store-bought ingredients.

You’ll need chocolate cake mix, a box of instant pudding, buttercream frosting, store-bought black frosting, and M&M’s. This recipe will provide a link to make a homemade buttercream frosting but if you’re short on time you could use store-bought too! Considering they’re easy to make you could encourage your kids to help decorate them. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKED BREE

20. Grinch Cookies

Put on a Christmas movie and make these Grinch cookies with your kids so they can share them at school! These crinkle cookies are delicious and charming too!

The crinkle cookies are made from vanilla cake mix, green food coloring, and a couple other ingredients. You’ll make the little Grinch heart out of a simple royal icing recipe! The best part is these cookies will come together in under 20 minutes. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SIMPLISTICALLY LIVING

21. Rolo Pretzel Reindeer

These little bite-sized treats are so simple and are made out of easily accessible store-bought ingredients. You will need pretzels, Rolo’s, candy eyes and round red candies.

Scatter pretzels on a baking sheet with a Rolo on top. Then, carefully cut more pretzels in half to form the antlers. These will need to bake in the oven for just a couple of minutes until the Rolo has softened. Lastly, take them out of the oven and add the candy eyes and red nose and cool completely! The kids at school will love nibbling on their little reindeers. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I HEART NAPTIME

22. Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies

I love sugar cookies over the holidays, and the kids at school will love them too! Sugar cookies are plain and simple and create a blank canvas.

Here you’ll be decorating them with adorable melted snowmen. Bake the cookies and allow them to cool before icing them. Then to decorate you’ll need a marshmallow, a tube of black icing and round candies of your choice. Your kids will love helping you and will be proud of the snack they made! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY FRUGAL ADVENTURES

23. Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Oranges

There is bound to be loads of sugary cookies and treats at their school parties! Lighten up the spread and send your child to school with a healthier option that is still delicious!

These chocolate dipped mandarin oranges are so easy to make. To create these combine coconut oil with dark chocolate and melt together. Dip the oranges halfway in the chocolate. Keep in mind you may need to do two coats of chocolate. On your last coat sprinkle shredded coconut on the chocolate and cool in the fridge. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY FUSSY EATER

24. Elf Hats

Elf hats are a simple treat that the children will want to gobble up by the handful! The red and green colors are perfect for the holidays.

To create these little hats you’ll need Bugles corn chips, red and green chocolate wafers, and Christmas colored M&M’s. This is a 3 step snack that will take you no time at all. Simply melt the chocolate in separate bowls and dip the Bugles about an inch into the chocolate. Place an M&M inside the hole of each Bugle and then place on parchment paper and allow them to cool! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DESIGN DAZZLE

25. Snowmen String Cheese

You don’t have to be a professional baker to be able to whip up an exciting treat for school parties! This simple idea dresses up a store-bought food item into one that is festive for the holidays!

These string cheese snowman are adorable and fun! All you’ll need is string cheese, sharpie markers, ribbon, and black cardstock paper. PHOTOS AND IDEA HERE: NO BIGGIE

26. Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Tree Brownies

This another easy idea if you don’t love baking! These chocolate pretzel Christmas trees require minimal effort and can be made in a hurry!

Firstly, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the pretzel sticks sporadically across the sheet. To create the trees you’ll need to melt green colored chocolate wafers. Fill a piping bag and drizzle the chocolate in the shape of a tree then add sprinkles for decoration! Once they have hardened you can add them to store-bought one-bite brownies! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

27. Marshmallow Snowmen On A Stick

If you left the preparation for the school snack to the night before then whip up this treat in a hurry! This idea is so easy you won’t need a recipe.

What you’ll need to create these are skewers, large marshmallows, chocolate, and orange colored chocolate wafers. Adhere 3 marshmallows to each skewer then melt the chocolate in separate bowls. Use a food-safe paintbrush to decorate the snowmen faces and arms with the melted chocolate!

28. Hot Chocolate On A Stick

There are definitely going to be loads of snacks to eat at the school party so why not send your kids off with these awesome hot chocolates on a stick!

You’ll only need a few ingredients as well as a silicone mold that will help you to create the shape. Instead of sprinkles you could garnish the hot chocolate cubes with crushed candy canes! Send your child off to school with these sticks and milk and have their teacher heat up the milk. Then each child needs merely to stir the stick into the cup of warm milk. They’ll have a lovely cup of hot cocoa in no time! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVE CRAFT LOVE

29. Snowman On A Stick

Instead of marshmallows, you can create snowmen on a stick using powdered donuts! The best part is these will take only a few minutes to put together.

To create the snowmen, slide 3 mini powdered donuts onto a wooden skewer. Use an orange Mike & Ike for the nose and green Mike & Ike’s cut in half for the buttons. The scarves are made from cut up Fruit Roll-Ups and the eyes and mouth can be made by poking holes using the pointed end of a skewer! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DUKE AND DUCHESSES

30. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

Aren’t these meringue Christmas tree cookies just precious? You’ll be happy to know they’re quite easy to make too!

These cookies only require 5 simple ingredients. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle. This recipe will provide tips and tricks to ensure that you can achieve the perfect consistency. The children will love these! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRUMBS AND CORCK SCREWS

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Top Thanksgiving Recipes Kids Can Help Make

Kids want to have fun too! Let them join in on the Thanksgiving preparations with these easy kid-friendly recipes!

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Thanksgiving is a time to connect with your family, friends, and loved ones. It’s the perfect opportunity to cook as a family and cooking with your children can be a rewarding activity. You get to see them grow up and learn new skills in the kitchen all the while making lasting memories.  Make this Thanksgiving one to remember by letting your children help you in the kitchen. We’ve compiled 25 incredibly easy recipes that you and your kids can make. We’ll include recipes for both young and older children so everyone can have fun with the Thanksgiving preparations this year!

1. Adorable Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites

These adorable turkey snacks are a great treat for young children. Set out all the ingredients and let them build their own turkey crackers. This would be an excellent craft for Thanksgiving day. While you’re cooking the turkey, they can be making their own. Photos and Recipe By: Suburban Simplicity

2. Pumpkin Pie

This classic Thanksgiving dessert is the perfect dish that kids can help with. Let young and older children alike mix all the ingredients together. They will love adding the spices and seeing how the ingredients come together to make a delicious dessert. Photos and Recipe By: Live Well Bake Often

3. Ham Crostinis

These yummy appetizers are great for letting your kids help you in the kitchen. Using a small glass cup, let your children cut out rounds from the bread. Older kids can help make the ricotta spread and build the appetizers. Photos and Recipe By: Mind Your Feed

4. Parmesan Herb Bubble Bread

This dinner roll bread has a fun name and a delicious taste that kids will love. Let your children roll each ball of the dough in an herb and cheese mixture. They will also love watching through the oven window as the bread rises and bakes. Photos and Recipe By: Chew Nibble Nosh

5. Vegetable Tian

This beautifully Thanksgiving side dish is a great dish to make with your children. Slice all the vegetables before you start assembling it. That way you can keep small hands from getting in the way and minimize accidents. If your kids are young, help teach patterns with this dish. Photos and Recipe By: The Blond Cook

6. Cream Biscuits

If you have biscuits at Thanksgiving dinner instead of bread, let your children help you make this dish. Let your children help mix the dough together. They will love cutting the biscuits out with cookie cutters or glasses. Photos and Recipe By: Add A Pinch

7. Pumpkin Pie Fudge

This Thanksgiving dessert is a great dish to make with children. Let the kids chip in by helping to stir–they’ll be fascinated by the boiling and change in texture as the fudge cooks. Keep an eye on young ones because the hot sugar can be quite dangerous. Photos and Recipe By: Blissful Basil

8. Pecan Clusters

This is a great dessert for children to help make. Microwave the chocolate and let them stir it until it melts. Throw in your favorite nuts and candy to add texture to this treat. If they still have Halloween candy, and if they’re willing to part with some, chop up the chocolate bars and candy to add. Photos and Recipe By: Skinny Taste

9. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Help your little ones roll some Rice Krispies into pretty little Autumn pumpkins! Top with a pretzel and some green icing. Photos and Recipe By: Cooking Classy

10. Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

These sweet little treats make a fantastic dessert for both adults and children but can be made with the help of little ones! Given them the job of dipping the apple slices and sprinkling with pecans. So fun! Photos and Recipe By: Mom Loves Baking

11. Apple Pie Bites

Did you prepare the Thanksgiving feast but forget to bake dessert? Keep calm and makes these apple pie bites! They’re incredibly easy and because of this, your kids can help you put them together. However, Depending on their age, you may want to pre-cut the apple slices. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BLOND COOK

12. Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Chex mix is a crowd favorite. Create a pumpkin spice flavored snack with the assistance of your little ones. All you’ll need are a few ingredients and a microwave to get the job done. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE NOVICE CHEF

13. Pie Cheese And Crackers

Create an unforgettable appetizer for your guests with this pie cheese and cracker recipe. Set the ingredients out, cut the cheese into triangle shapes, and then let your little ones assemble them. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHE KNOWS

14. Pumpkin Cheeseball

Cheese balls are great for parties and our recipe is so easy you can let your kids make it. You won’t even need a pumpkin mold because the pumpkin shape is created from plastic wrap and elastics. Set the ingredients out, give them instructions, and they’ll have it ready in no time. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

15. Place Card Cookies

Grandparents (and parents) love thoughtful gifts from kids. Make these personalized edible place cards with your kids by using their handprints! They’re so precious that Grandma and Grandpa might not want to eat them, but when they do they’ll see how delicious they are too. PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: SOME WHAT SIMPLE

16. Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies

A classic treat gets a Thanksgiving makeover with this recipe. Rice Krispies are easy and your kids can get their hands dirty whipping this treat into shape. A round cake pan and some orange food coloring will help you create these pumpkin pie Rice Krispies. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JUST A TASTE

17. Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Cheery cheesecake dip can be a sweet appetizer or a unique dessert. The layers require minimal effort making it an easy recipe your kids can put together. Serve with tasty wafers or graham crackers. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I HEART EATING

18. Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

These chocolate caramel turkey legs scream creativity. This unique dessert is easy and your kids will have fun with this one! Pretzel sticks, caramel candies, and chocolate is all you’ll need to create them. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CULINARY ENVY

19. Homemade Butter

What is Thanksgiving dinner without a delicious dinner roll? Go the extra mile and make homemade butter. It’s so easy all you’ll need is a mason jar and heavy whipping cream. When finished add a bit of salt or a seasoning of your choice for a delicious touch. Your kids will surely have fun making this recipe! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BUGGY AND BUDDY

20. Cranberry Crescent Rolls

Cranberry sauce will most likely be on the Thanksgiving table but why not try adding it to your crescent rolls for a delightful treat. Spread cranberry sauce on store-bought crescent roll dough and roll up. They’re so easy your kids probably won’t even need supervision! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BEAUTY THROUGH IMPERFECTION

21. Stuffins

A muffin tin will be your best friends for this recipe! You might want to saute the onions and celery, but your kids can do the rest of the preparation. These single-sized stuffins are great for Thanksgiving dinner and for leftovers too. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

22. Mashed Potato Casserole

You’ll want to peel and chop the potatoes but once they’re cooked let your little ones mash them up and add in all the creamy and delicious ingredients. You can also make this side dish ahead and alleviate some of the work on the big day! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOUSE OF YUMM

23. Crock Pot Apple Cider

Every Thanksgiving needs a special drink. Lay out the ingredients and have your kids pour all the ingredients into the Crockpot.  Crockpot recipes are awesome because you can set it, and forget it! The aroma will be quite inviting too. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE MADE SWEETER

24. Cranberry Brie Bites

Create a gourmet looking appetizer that is so easy your kids can create it. A muffin tin will help you create the perfect single-sized servings and along with that all you’ll need are 4 ingredients. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE COUNTRY COOK

25. Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

Whip up a quick and easy appetizer like meatballs for Thanksgiving. You’ll need a package of frozen meatballs and a few ingredients to create a simple homemade sauce! It’s so simple even your little ones can help you! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTES BETTER FROM SCRATCH

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The Best Lunch Containers for Back To School

Food Organization inside a lunch bag is one of those arts you must master as a parent. Here are our top picks of the best lunch containers for back to school!

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Food Organization inside a lunch bag is one of those arts you must master as a parent. Do you go with Ziploc bags or Rubbermaid containers? Ziploc bags are great for convenience but terrible for the earth, while Rubbermaid containers are a great idea until you have to fit five different ones of all shapes and sizes in a lunch bag. Odds are, most times those containers get taken to school and then never return back home. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them in the lost and found at the end of the year…at which point it’s probably better that you don’t claim them. A great alternative to keeping food organized is Bento Boxes. It’s an awesome way to pack a lunch where you can keep a variety of foods in an organized matter. This means easy cleanup and reduces the risk of lost containers. Another great way of adding organization and preventing lost containers is to choose a lunch box that is either stackable and or is able to fit in a lunch bag while remaining neat and organized. Here are our choices of the top 15  lunch boxes for back to school.

1. Sistema Triple Split Bento Box

The king or queen of organization, this Sistema Lunch Collection container has piles of room for a delicious lunch and latches that will ensure no spilling! Considering it’s made out of plastic this container would safe and practical for kids (and adults) of all ages.


2. Lunch Box With Meal Prep Containers

What makes this lunch pack so great is that it comes with reusable containers. If you’re a dedicated meal prepper or like to get lunches ready days in advance you’ll have the opportunity to get a week’s worth of lunches ready and organized. It also makes a great cooler bag if you need to borrow it on the weekends — who doesn’t love multipurpose?


3. Reusable Insulated Lunch Box And Accessories

This is another great option if you enjoy a lunch box that comes equipped with containers. This one however not only comes with a lunch box and reusable containers but also comes with a shaker cup and a vitamin organizer — perfect for sports enthusiasts! The reusable containers are BPA-free, microwavable, and freezer safe.


4. Lille Stackable Stainless Steel Thermal Lunch Box

The awesome feature about this lunch box is that you get three containers in one to help maintain organization in a perfect compact size. Each compartment is stainless steel and thermal which means if you’re sending warm lunches they’ll stay warm until lunchtime. It also comes with an insulated carrying bag with a strap so if it doesn’t fit in a backpack it is still easy to carry.


5. Lunchbots

Throw it back a few years where tin boxes were the way kids brought their lunch to school. Known for their durability, these will last you several “back to school” seasons. The dividers will also allow you to store several types of foods while maintaining freshness and texture.


6. Eco-friendly Stainless Steel Lunch Box

This is another great eco-friendly lunch box. The stackable layers help you keep your food separate, fresh, and compact. If your kids also need help with knowing what to eat and when the separate layers can help them determine what is for lunch and what is for snack time.


7. Bentgo Kids Brights

This lunch box is ideal for kids ages three through seven and is another great bento styled box that will help keep their food organized and separated. This is especially important for those picky eaters that don’t like their food touch! For convenience, it is also dishwasher and microwave safe and most definitely made of BPA-free plastic.


8. Bento Heaven Leakproof Bento Box

Do you have a child or not-so-little student at home who loves any of the following: salad, pasta, pizza, or fruit salad? This bento lunch box is fantastic for piling your child’s lunch high with their favorite foods and making sure there’s another layer to lunch that is packed with fruit salad or veggie salad. Balance is key!


9. Komax Lunchmate Bento Lunch Box Kit

This slender lunch box is great for packing into a backpack or purse. Whether you’re sending your kids or your heading off to college, this lunch box will keep your food fresh and leak-free without taking up a lot of space. This set comes with an insulated carrying lunch bag, 2 stackable and airtight containers, and a set of utensils and chopsticks.


10. Yumbox Container For Kids

This is another great container for younger children! You can even send them to daycare or school with applesauce and yogurt because these containers are leak-proof! It also has a fun illustrated tray that acts as a guide on how to pack their lunch.


11. Bentgo Glass Lunch Container

A glass container might not be a good idea to send with a young child but if you have any older children these containers might be an excellent fit for them. This lunch container is microwave and oven safe and also comes equipped with a leak-proof lid. It’s a great way to store a meal and snacks in one place without having to use multiple containers.


12. Set of 2 Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Containers

Tired of your cutlery going missing? Check out this awesome pack of 2 bento lunch box containers that come with utensils! The lunch boxes will keep their food fresh and organized. Better yet the containers are both dishwasher and microwave safe. Just be sure to remove the lid when microwaving and it’s recommended that you hand wash the lid too.


13. Black + Blum Lunch Box

Sometimes you don’t need a ton of space for lunches especially if you have kids who are light eaters. This container is great for salads or chicken fingers and even comes with a sauce dipping area on the lid. It also has a steam release valve for days that they’ll need to heat up lunch. You’ll also be happy to know it’s made of BPA-free plastic and is microwave and dishwasher safe.


14. Stainless Steel Divided Plate

Eating isn’t always a fun task, especially for the little ones. To help make things easier and more fun this lunch container is shaped like a school bus. It has 5 built-in compartments to please the pickiest of eaters. The lid will help keep your food in place especially when you’re on the go during those busy mornings.


15. 5 Bento Box Lunch Containers

If you have to buy lunch boxes for more than one or two kids this would be a much cheaper alternative for you! It can get expensive having to buy each child their own unique lunchbox and not to mention, the arguing of who got the better lunchbox is a headache in itself. This is an awesome alternative to help put your lunch box organizing mind at peace and because each lid is a different color you can simply assign each child their own (no more mixing up lunches).

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