Posted on May 14 2012
The days are getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter and your kids are getting more and more excited to spend the summer outdoors. While their little arms and legs will be running, jumping and swimming the day away, yours will be trying to keep up with their big appetites. It may be easier to stock the kitchen with gummy snacks and sugary cookies, but the healthier choice begins with a few fun snack ideas that are quick and require the help of your very own little chef. Egg in a nest Start the day out sunny-side-up with whole wheat toast, an egg and fun cookie cutter shapes. Your Kids can choose their own shape and cut out the center of the bread. Next, crack the egg firmly against a bowl and carefully pour the egg into a separate bowl. Fry the bread lightly on one side, then flip the bread over and reduce the heat to low. Your helper can pour the egg into the hole of the bread, then cover and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the egg has set into the hole. For an over-easy egg, flip the egg and bread over and cook it on the other side. Ingredients: 1 slice of whole wheat bread 1 egg 1 Tbsp. of butter Applesauce bran muffin Muffins are a great snack that can go anywhere and will give your kids enough energy to make it through any activity. Start by mixing the bran with milk and let stand 5 minutes. Add the eggs and oil and stir until blended. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and once finished, have your kids combine the rest of the ingredients - make sure you don’t over mix. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and the recipe will make 12 muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/4 cup Kellogg's All Bran Cereal 1 cup milk, nonfat 4 Tbsp egg white 2 Tbsp veg. oil 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce Cream cheese jam and graham crackers For a snack at home or on-the-go, mix the softened cream cheese with the jam. Spread a little of the mixture on top of each graham cracker. You can eat them right away, or chill for 30 minutes. If you choose to chill, the grahams will soften and become more like a cheesecake crust, and the topping will firm up. The kids can help break up grahams and stir the cream cheese and jam. Ingredients: 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened for 10 seconds in the microwave 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam (or any other kind of jam your kids enjoy) A few sheets of Graham crackers broken into squares or rectangles Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce Ranch dressing is a classic sauce that many kids enjoy, but peanuts are a healthier way to give your kids a full stomach and lots of energy. Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl and add water as needed to thin the mixture into a dipping consistency. All-natural peanut butter needs more water than the everyday brands. Your little chefs can scrape carrots and stir the ingredients. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of peanut butter 1 tablespoon of honey A splash of soy sauce A few drops of sesame oil Water to smooth Carrot sticks Refreshing Fruit Dip This tangy-sweet dip is a perfect way to get those picky eaters to try some fruit. Stir the sour cream, brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Your kids can have fun rinsing the cherries (or any other fruit) and arranging them for dipping. Ingredients: ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt 1 tablespoon brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Cherries with stems attached Cucumber and yogurt boats This snack is a healthy exception to the phrase, “Stop playing with your food!” Start by cutting the cucumbers into lengthwise halves and scoop out the seeds. Mix some plain yogurt, a couple of pinches of sugar, a pinch of salt and a dash of cumin in a bowl and have your kids mix it all together. Spread the mix into the hollowed cucumbers and add some flags with toothpicks to complete the look. Ingredients: Small cucumbers, such as Kirbys Small container of plain yogurt Sugar Salt Cumin Recipies taken from parenting.com and sparkrecipes.com.