I‘m not handing out snacks to my kids right now because I’m at Blissdom in Nashville, hanging out with an absolute stellar group of bloggers. Because I’m taking time to soak everything in and network my heart out, I’ve lined up a guest poster today who knows her stuff.
I’m so happy to introduce Cindy from Fix Me a Snack! Her blog is an inspiration to me, because, oddly, although I’m never out of ideas for dinner, snack time tends to get repetitious. You know what I mean? Fortunately Cindy pops up on Twitter frequently and sends out her creative ideas that help liven up our after school snacks. You should definitely give her a follow.
Here’s what Cindy told me about snacking:
“I’ve been blogging about healthy kid snacks for a couple years at Fix Me A Snack. You’d think I’d know a ton about such a seemingly narrow subject by now. But like with most things in life, I’ve found that the more I know the less I know. I see my blog as a record of my family’s favorite recipes and my ongoing quest to cut empty calories out of snack time.
A lot of reforming snack time is completely simple. The majority of our snacks don’t come from packages anymore. If the stuff isn’t in the house, my kids are reaching for the fruit bowl or carrot sticks instead. But one cannot snack on fresh fruits and veggies alone. So I’ve been busy creating and testing recipes for homemade snack goodies.
Unsurprisingly, I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. But I’m honored to share a couple of our favorites as of late: Apple Chips and Sun Butter Bites.”
Photo by Cindy Rowland
Recipe: Sun Butter Bites
|Sun Butter Bites||
- 3/4 cup powdered milk
- 1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted sun butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small mixing bowl, stir the powdered milk, cereal, wheat germ, flax seed, and salt until combined. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir the sunflower butter, honey, and vanilla extract with a rubber spatula until combined.
- Add the powdered milk mixture and stir until uniform. The mixture may be on the crumbly side.
- To form into balls, take a tablespoon of the mixture and squeeze it with your hands more than roll it. I pass it back and forth between my hands squeezing and rolling gently with my fingers as I pass. Note: This might be tough for kids to master! If the mixture is too crumbly, add more of something gooey such as honey or even a tablespoon of vegetable, coconut, or flax oil.
- Serve or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw for a couple of minutes before serving.
Photo by Cindy Rowland
Recipe: Apple Chips
|Two Healthy Snacks for Kids (Recipes: Apple Chips & Sun Butter Bites)||
- 3 medium apples
- Cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and core the apples using an apple corer.
- Slice off a 1/4? of the top and bottom of the apple and discard. Slice the remaining apple using a mandolin set to 1/8? thick.
- Spread the apple rings out onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Try to avoid overlapping the rings. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for approximately 3 hours, rotating once or twice. Start checking on them around 2 hours. They may be slightly pliable out of the oven, but should crisp up when cool.
- Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Thanks so much, Cindy!! I can’t wait to try these out with my boys. My son’s school is indeed nut free and that is a often a challenge when it comes to healthy snacks.
What school-safe, healthy snacks have you been serving to your kids?