Tag: kid-friendly

Snack Ideas for the Week: Frozen Fruit Treats + My Top 5 Snack Must-Haves

Snack Ideas for the Week: Frozen Fruit Treats + My Top 5 Snack Must-Haves

I just can’t seem to catch up with having enough snacks on hand each week, ugh.  I have noticed that since we are at home (not at daycare anymore), I have to have more food stocked, duh.  This past weekend my three-year-old and I went […]

Kid Summer Snack Swaps & Learning about nutrition with Dan Wardell

Kid Summer Snack Swaps & Learning about nutrition with Dan Wardell

Whew, well . . . if I haven’t been posting then I have been super busy and my house is spotless! Ha! Ok, not spotless but clean I will say.  I either blog or clean my house in my spare time. Sorry you got the […]

My Top 10 Kid-Friendly Snacks! Summer here we come . . .

My Top 10 Kid-Friendly Snacks! Summer here we come . . .

Ahh . . . don’t you just love it . . . summer!  I do but then I  panic and think to myself, “Oh my, three kids to myself . . .all day!  HELP!”  Actually since my daughter has been out of school our days have really been going very well (knock on wood)!  I have also been keeping the kids pretty busy by traveling to different parks around town.  I am hoping to visit each one of the 40 parks here in town this summer! Doesn’t that sound fun?

I  also have to be extra creative with snacks this summer, too. So let me share some simple snacks the kids can even prepare or help prepare with assistance and enjoy!

By the way . . . this in no particular order.

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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2)  Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

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3)  Pizza Cracker Bites

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4)  Breakfast Fruit Pizza

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5) Banana Mini Muffins

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6) Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes

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7) Pineapple Raspberry Sorbet

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8)  Fantastic Fruit Salsa

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9) Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes

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10) Butterfly Snacks

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All these recipes are pretty simple to make and perfect for the summer to take along for our picnics at the park!  My goal is to make up another list because we always need different ideas, right?!  My kids get bored with same ole’ snacks . . . more work for me but I guess I kind of like the challenge, heheheee!

Happy Friday!

Girls Get-Together/Play Date: Cupcakes & Buffalo Chicken Dip

Girls Get-Together/Play Date: Cupcakes & Buffalo Chicken Dip

One thing I have realized after leaving my job is that I miss talking about food/health to others.  At my previous job I used to hold classes and make a meal for 12 to 45 people. During the class I would show them how to […]

Pancake Pops!  My kids new fav breakfast!

Pancake Pops! My kids new fav breakfast!

Here is a little twist on regular ole’ pancakes for breakfast – pancake pops!  Who da thunk? Well, a couple of years ago I saw this donut maker and thought it would save my family from eating donuts every weekend.  I was super excited to […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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“Cookies for breakfast, really mom? You never let us do that!” Those are the words of an extremely excited 5-year-old, however, she did tell me that she definitely like cookies from the store better but these were okay too.  By the way, she didn’t have a problem eating these cookies I made from scratch.  I think she ate four little cookies right out of the oven!  So I would say that she liked them and I think the rest of the family did too because they did not last long.  Or maybe since all the Cadbury eggs were finally gone in the house this was our only sweet treat, haha! Thank goodness those darn Cadbury eggs are finally gone!

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Yes, they are not as sweet as a regular homemade or store bought cookie but I am not going to lie, they are still super delicious, especially with a cup of coffee or big glass of milk! It was good thing I ran the day I made these cookie Smile! I am a sucker for hot-out-of-the-oven cookies!  They are a small(as my husband joked) but that means you can have more, right?

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Ok, just a couple cookies really satisfies a mid-afternoon snack craving!

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I made quite a few substitutions this recipe to lighten them up a bit, so you really can have cookies for breakfast. These little guys are super tasty any time of day!

I cut the sugar down to half and doubled the seasoning – vanilla and also added cinnamon.  I also cut the fat in half and added some applesauce to add a nice texture.

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Some chopped nuts would be wonderful too!

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce

1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups quick oats

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preparation

In a mixer, cream butter, applesauce and flaxseed. Add brown sugar and white sugar gradually until well-combined. Beat in eggs and stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture. Finally add oats and chocolate and combine. Drop from spoon onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition facts: 56 calories; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1.5 g fat; 1 g protein

 

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Yum, pineapple mango smoothie!  Last week at the store I found frozen pineapple and mango on sale so I had to make something a little different with them .  I really enjoyed this smoothie but my kids were not willing to try it, however, they […]