Monday, April 11, 2011

Kid Approved Healthy Snacks

Ants on a log

Celery stalks filled with peanut butter or almond butter with raisins or dried cranberries. For a sweet treat, use dark chocolate chips.

Apple Sandwich

Core an apple and cut in half. If it's a large apple, you can cut it to make 4 apple slices, instead of 2. Just like the ants on a log, add peanut or almond butter. You can also add raisins, cranberries or dark chocolate chips, Yum!

Hummus, a healthy fun dip

Hummus is a dip made from garbanzo beans and tahini (sesame paste). I'll post a recipe for this later. I think everyone likes to dip. So have some carrot sticks, celery, cucumber chips, apple slices, or flax seed or whole wheat crackers ready and dip away.

Toasted garbanzo beans

For a crunchy, nut-like snack, rinse a can of garbanzo beans and toss them in a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add a touch of sea salt, put them on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and then put them in a 250 degree oven and bake them, tossing the pan occasionally, until they are dried and crunchy.

Fruit smoothies

You know I am a BIG fan of green smoothies, but let's start small here. Throw in your kids fav fruit with some coconut water or milk (almond milk is great too) add a frozen banana or some ice and just a little kale or spinach. Blend. Add some stevia or xylitol if it needs to be a little sweeter. As time goes by, add more greens and less fruit. Come up with fun names for the drinks. I will teach a Mom & Me cooking class soon and we'll have fun making some tropical drinks that the kids will love.

Love Chocolate?

Yep, my family too. We buy 72% dark chocolate. A little square is a great treat. But, you could melt it and dip your fruit in it too. Did I say YUM?!

Popcorn

Not for the microwave! We have an air popper. It is so fast and easy. You can buy organic popcorn kernels. We add sea salt, pastured butter and garlic powder. Yes, we do bring our own to the movies. ;)

Nuts and Seeds

We have bags and bags. We love almonds, brazil, walnuts, pecans, pistachio, sunflower and pumpkin. Best choices are Raw, not roasted or salted.

Dried Fruit/Fruit Leather

Pre-packaged ones are questionable. But, if you have a dehydrator, these are a great snack.

There are tons of healthy options. I find that snacks need to be prepared and ready to grab. If heading out for a road trip, think ahead. You can usually find nuts in a convenience store, but pickings are slim and bad choices are abundant.

2 comments:

  1. Love it, can't wait for your cooking class ;-)

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  2. Thanks Chelsea! We will make it a fun class for the Moms and Kiddos!

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