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Healthy Snacks: Quesadillas

Choosing healthy fixin's will make quesadillas a tasty, good-for-them kids' snack.

The Snack is Flat--Not the Flavor

Depending on how many little mouths you have to feed, this snack can be as easy as tossing some cheese and pre-cooked chicken and veggie mixture between two tortillas and heating it in a skillet.

Slice it like a pizza and the kids have a utensils-free food to enjoy (unless the tortillas are packed extra full--you might want to keep some forks handy).

So, who needs a snack? Try some of these recipes:

Keeping it Healthy

Be sure to make good choices when assembling your quesadillas:

  • Use the fat-free version, or hold the sour cream altogether. 
  • Add flavor by chopping up some avocado to sprinkle on each piece--avocados are high in fat, but mono-saturated fats (the "good" kind that lowers cholesterol).
  • Go easy on the cheese--it adds protein, but also quite a bit of fat if you're not careful.
  • Spoon on some extra salsa to get even more veggies in each bite.
  • Buy whole wheat tortillas, avoiding those made with lard--or, just make some yourself:

Note: Many reviewers mentioned they substituted olive oil for shortening in the Mexican Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas as a healthier option, so if you're game, it might be something worth trying.

Jul. 30, 2010 2:49 pm
Aug. 3, 2010 7:47 pm
this looks so good
Aug. 25, 2010 8:32 am
great idea!
Sep. 9, 2010 11:34 am
Wonderful idea! Thank you :)
Oct. 16, 2010 5:58 am
we have eaten these girls' fav had cheese, bacon (or real bacon bit) sweet onion and avocado served with a dollop of salsa with greek yogurt on of them also likes hers with tomatoes in it too...divine eating and in a bare minute
Apr. 26, 2011 3:47 pm
I made this right now and wow! it is very delicoious. i cooked up one slice of real bacon, 2/3 of an onion and one celery stick with 2 handfuls of cheese. I have to say it is Great. I just came back from volleyball practice with a huger and this satisfied me :) TRY IT and let me know!
Feb. 29, 2012 2:49 pm
this is the best
Mar. 20, 2012 4:47 pm
I love this.This is perfect for my healhty snack winning compition
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