WithNational Childhood Obesity Awareness Month just around the corner, it is important to be health conscious when it comes to our children and their diets. So with both health and your child in mind, here’s a list of 6 easy go-to interactive snacks you can make with them. Have your own healthy recipe snacks? Share it in the comments below so we can all benefit.
1. Pretzel Wands: Who said healthy food isn’t fun
Ingredients: Pretzel sticks, almond butter, mixed dried fruit
How to: Have your kids dip each pretzel stick about ⅓ of the way into a bowl of peanut butter then roll the peanut butter in a separate bowl of dried fruit.
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Tip: If your children are allergic to almond butter, great substitutes include sunflower seed butter, soynut butter or coconut butter.
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2. Tortilla Pizzas: Warning: this may be “cheesy”
Ingredients: Tortillas (any flour you prefer, whole wheat is healthier), any cheese your heart desires, tomato sauce (store bought is easiest, homemade is also good), additional toppings if you prefer, and just 5-10 minutes.
How to: Have your kids lay out the tortilla, spread some sauce, cheese and toppings, then put it in the oven for 3-4 minutes until the cheese melts. Voilà!
Tip: If the recipe becomes repetitive, switch things up and fold over the pizza and serve it quesadilla style.
3. Fishing Fun: BRB, gone dipping
Ingredients: Veggie cheese dip, carrots, bell peppers (optional)
How to: Set up a plate with a small bowl of the veggie cheese dip, sliced carrots (long slices), and the sliced bell peppers. Have your kids dip the carrot into the dip.
Tip: The ingredients in this recipe are interchangeable, feel free to mix up the vegetables with different healthy snacks such as cucumbers.
4. Ants on a tree: The only bug problem you will want in your home.
Ingredients: celery, natural peanut butter, raisins
How to: Slice up pieces of celery, then spread peanut butter inside each celery stick. Have your kids put the “ants” (raisins) on the peanut butter. Munch away!
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5. Zucchini Muffins: You don’t even need a mixer!
Ingredients for 12-14 muffins: 3 cups grated fresh zucchini, 2/3 cup melted unsalted butter, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs beaten, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 2 teaspoons baking soda, Pinch salt, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup walnuts (optional), 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
How to: Preheat oven to 350°F then have your kids mix the sugar, eggs, vanilla, grated zucchini then melted butter in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, cranberries (optional), raisins (optional), cranberries (optional) and salt.
Mix both bowls together then proceed to fill the mixture in muffin tins, filling each tin completely. Don’t forget to spray vegetable oil spray before pouring!
After 20-25 minutes, watch out for a golden brown color and skewer the center of the muffin to check if the inside is cooked. If all checks out, take them out to cool. ENJOY!
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6. Cucumber Boats: ‘Seas’e the day!
Ingredients: 7 ounces plain greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, cucumbers.
How to: In a bowl, mix the greek yogurt, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper until it smoothens. Then, cut each cucumber vertically in half. Scoop out the inside of the cucumber then fill it in with the mixed yogurt. Ships away!
Although awareness is raised just this month, we should be conscious of our eating habits everyday. Eating healthy at a young age gets your kids into the habit of choosing better eating options in the future. With quick and easy recipes like these, it is hard not to be healthy!
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