Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kid Healthy/Friendly Munchies from my home to yours...

Toddlers and Kids + Snacks=Normal. Mini meals, and/or snacks are often what makes up a food prymid for a Child, and I have made it my mission to help guide my kids toward healthy "on the go" snacks, that are not full of preservatives, sugars, or fillers... So Here you go! You can do it too!
TIP: Try putting several snacks into a sectioned container, like a muffin tin, and leaving it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator for kids to help themselves throughout the day! My kids have always had a "snack" drawer, stocked with Organic Applesauce, Oat bars, dried fruit, veggie crisps,nut mixes ( like trail mix) etc. I toss an occasional "treat" like fruit snacks, goldfish, or cookies in , but since it is not "forbidden"and within their reach, they often leave those "speacial" snacks, and go for what they are used to!
Here is a list of quick "on the go" snacks that are ready, or can be ready in a jiffy. Kid tested and approved from my 1 and 3 year old boys:

Almonds (for younger tots you can buy skinless which are easier to chew)
Apple wedges with peanut butter, yogurt, or fruit dip
Avocado chunks
Carrot sticks with peanut butter
Celery with peanut butter (or cream cheese) & raisins
 Cheese cubes
Cheese quesadillas
Cinnamon toast
Cottage cheese with  fruit (pineapple, apricots, peaches, etc.)
Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
Fresh Fruit
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Homemade popsicles
Mixed fruit snack cups
Oatmeal with toppings (raisins, berries, milk & honey, granola)
Peanut butter & jelly(use all natural pb,w/no added oils, and 100% fruit spread)
Peanut butter on banana bread
Pear slices dipped in yogurt
Raisins/ other Dried fruit
String Cheese
Sunflower seeds
Toasted raisin bread with peanut butter or cream cheese
Veggies with veggie dip (see some recipes below)
Yogurt & granola(plain yog w/stevia and the soaked oats granola!)
100% Juice Boxes

TIP: Keep plenty of small plastic storage containers or zipper storage bags filled with portable snacks, ready to grab!

Kid Friendly  Dips!

Cucumber Dip

8 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
3 tbsp chopped tomato
Beat together sour cream and cream cheese.
Stir in other ingredients.
Several servings. 

Avocado Dip
2 ripe avocados, peeled & mashed
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar

Easy Hummus Dip Recipe

15-oz can of chick peas
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
Place first 5 ingredients in blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Serve in bowl, sprinkled with paprika.
Several Servings (about 1 1/2 cups)

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