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Fun Spring Inspired Snacks

We love spring. We finally have the chance to play outside again, and we stay there as long as we can. With longer days, and shorter nights we spend so much time in the bright sunshine that we may as well take up residency in the backyard. I have a hard time getting the kids to come inside for snacks when they are enjoying the great outdoors so much. One way I can get them to come in is if I offer them something fun and exciting for snack. Since I do not like to offer treats on a regular basis I choose to spice up and impress with my healthy snacks.

I recently found this fun caterpillar snack that will impress almost any kid. It features some of my kids favorite fruits, and it comes in a fun little caterpillar inspired image. All you need are some grapes, oranges, carrots, cheese, and spinach. We use cheese to make the legs, eyes, and antennae. But you could use whatever item will cut well for those pieces. Simply place the pieces of food and create your own little masterpiece.

I have found that by creating these fun food art pieces I can entice my little outdoor lovers back in the house long enough to eat, rest from the sun and heat, and then I can send them back out to play refreshed and ready to burn more energy. If you have any other fun food art ideas we would love to see them!

Crisp Apple Snacks: After School Treats

Crisp Apple Snacks: After School Treats

During the school year I try to make sure my kids are busy. We do a lot of after-school activities including sports, and special after-school programs oriented around science and learning. This usually means I need to have snack ready to go when they are. I need to feed them something that will give them energy, keep them fueled, and happy throughout their afternoon activities. My kids are a lot like me, by three o’clock they are ready for a nap. Their day has exhausted them and they need a pick-me-up. But I hesitate to give them things that may have artificial boosts to their system. That’s why I love protein. It is the perfect digestible energy-quick food. Luckily, my kids love nuts, and it is an excellent source of protein.

I love this fun quick Crisp Apple Snack. It is sweet, crunchy, and has a myriad of tastes all in one bite. It is an easy to prepare, easy to eat, energy-quick snack that my kids love to eat. Which is usually the best thing about it. But it is also a very healthy snack, that doesn’t get old. So here is the recipe for a fun Crisp Apple Snack to try the next time your kids need an afternoon pick-me-up!

Crisp Apple Snack

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What You Will Need:

Apples
Peanut butter or almond butter
Nuts (I use almonds and pecans)
Coconut flakes
Chocolate chips

What You a Will Do:

1. Core your apple, then slice the apples into discs about a quarter or half inch thick.
2. Spread the nut butter on the apple disk.
3. Add nuts, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips.
4. Enjoy!!

Home-made Fruit Leather

Home Made Fruit Leather

Most kids love fruit snacks. Fruit rolls and fruit roll ups are a child’s Bestfriend. But those sugary sweets can be hazardous on the teeth, and the bank account. Those sweet snacks may taste great but the character themed boxes and treats can be pricey. While our kids may love them they are really not always high on the nutrition scale. So it isn’t surprising that some parents are looking for healthier alternatives. But even health food stores fruit leather version can be rather pricey. So why not try to make your own fruit leather. With a great recipe and a few ingredients it isn’t a difficult job.

Thanks to this great recipe from Georgia Pellegrini. Georgia Pellegrini is a self- proclaimed food wanderer. Finding and making the best foods and recipes all over the world and blogging about them. She has attended some of the greatest culinary institutes in the world and loves the art of food. She shares her opinions, recipes, and knows a lot about food going from the farm to the table. Check out her website for other great food ideas for the family.

What You Will Need:

2 cups fruit pulp (this recipe is for strawberry but you can try other fruits)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar (optional based on the sweetness of the fruit)
Blender
Plastic wrap/parchment paper/silicone mat
Vegetable oil
Brush
Cornstarch
Pot
Baking sheet

What You Will Do:

1. Preheat oven to 150-170 degrees. Begin by dicing the strawberries, then place them in a pot with a little bit of water and a squirt of lemon juice.
2. Stew the strawberries until they are very soft and mushy. While they stew line your baking sheet with the plastic wrap, then use your brush to coat the plastic in vegetable oil.
3. Now that the fruit has stewed transfer it to the blender. Purée. Taste, if it is too sour add some sugar to sweeten it. Do not add too much sugar because the fruit leather will sweeten naturally as it dries.
4. Pour the mixture onto the tray and coat it evenly. Place sheet in oven for 6-8 hours turning periodically to avoid scorching.
5. Allow to cool then score the leather with a knife and peel off. Now you can enjoy some healthy and inexpensive fruit rolls!