Kids in the Kitchen

Posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009

With the last couple of weeks of pure candy bliss, I'm sure all the moms out there are ready for a healthy snack fix! No matter how hard I've tried to stop the candy stash from being devoured by my children (I'm sure that my husband helped with that too)...the pile keeps shrinking and they've been on a constant sugar high...bleh!

So today, I hope to share some yummy snacks that will help tackle the problem of the post-Halloween, icky teeth, yucky tummy, candy overload blues!

Cookie Magazine put together a list of 10 super healthy, yet totally yummy snacks for kids!

Try these out...have the kiddos help in the kitchen as you prepare them too!Healthy Trail Mix

How: Mix whole-wheat pretzels, wheat Chex, Craisins or raisins, chocolate chips, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts (optional) together.

Why: Kids love this sweet and crunchy mix of ingredients that's high in energy-boosting protein.

And how about....

Banana Pops

  • 3 bananas
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or walnuts, granola, crispy rice cereal, or sunflower seeds

How: Peel the bananas. Cut them in half, width wise, and push a Popsicle stick through the cut end of each half. Spread peanut butter on the bananas, and then roll them in the nuts, cereal, or seeds. Wrap them in waxed paper and freeze for three hours.

Why: A single pop contains 16 percent of the recommended daily dietary-fiber intake for an adult. The potassium content of the bananas can help reduce bloating in mom, while the peanut butter and nuts or seeds provide fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

*My Twist: dip them in dehydrated or dried fruits too! yum!

For other delicious & healthy snacks, visit Cookie Magazine for many more ideas!

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