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…
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 shaft the last week but it was a special week/weekend in the Mitchell house. We celebrated baby Lucy’s FIRST birthday! I can’t believe I have one-year-old! Now this week we are getting back onto schedule.
On Monday, we visited the library and Dan Wardell, from IPTV was on his 2013 Reading Road Trip. The man is full of energy and really got the kids excited about two of my favorite topics: reading and nutrition! Wow, talk about promoting healthy food, he must have known I was coming, haha!
So through the craziness of these past couple of weeks I do have a couple of interesting kid snack swaps! My first swap is using a high fiber cereal for the a good ole’ cereal bar recipe. In this case I used Kashi Go Lean instead of Rice Krispies. (2 1/2 cups Kashi Go Lean; 2 cups marshmallow; 1 tbsp butter) I really like these bars, I mean really like them but I am nut for any chewy cereal/granola bar. My kids liked them too but my hubby said they were not sweet enough, hmm . . . .
SWAP #1 – High fiber cereal in your favorite bar recipe
SWAP #2 – Make your own “popsicles” or frozen fruit treats
We had a birthday brunch this past Sunday and I made frozen fruit cups! This is a great recipe because it cleans out your frig and freezer. Use whatever fruits and fruit juices you have in the house.
Here is my wild-haired-girl helping mom!
I bought 5-ounce plastic cups and filled them with fruit. I used banana slices and frozen raspberries. BTW, I bought some very ripe bananas at the store for only 19 cents per pound – great money saver and an awesome way to use up ripe bananas!
Now make a smoothie! I used bananas, orange juice, frozen strawberries and leftover green juice! I even used up some Pineapple Raspberry Sorbet. Yes, the green may not look pretty but it can be easily hidden! Look at the smoothie mixture after, yum!
Now pour the smoothie mixture over the fruit chunks.
Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for at least three to four hours.
Now onto popsicles . . . .
Here are our orange and green super food popsicles! I love the colors!
I used these two juices and put them in an ice cube tray. Freeze the bottom layer for an hour then add the top layer. Cover tray with foil and stick in a tooth pick into each cube.
My kids loved them! And the two colors really helped make the popsicle much more exciting! Look at those excited faces!
On one of our wonderful library trips, my daughter spotted this interesting book, The Gulps, written by Rosemary Wells (author of Max & Ruby) and illustrated by Marc Brown (author/illustrates Arthur). We are huge fans of Max & Ruby and Arthur! Huge fans! In this book, the Gulps family enjoys convenience food and sitting back and watching TV. As they travel in their Dreamliner (RV filled with TVs and microwaves) they get stranded near the Spratt family farm.
Luckily the Spratt family takes them in and shows them all about hard work it takes to harvest food on the farm. They even learn to love green food!
As told in the story, “Bit by bit they got out and got fit.” “Bite by bite they began to eat right.” They eventually slimmed down and learned to eat healthy food.
I thought it was a cute story!
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…
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…
“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!
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 ! 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?
Ok, just a couple cookies really satisfies a mid-afternoon snack craving!
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.
Some chopped nuts would be wonderful too!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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 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)
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