Quick and Healthy Snacks

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As a stay at home mom with children, you know how important it is to make sure that your kids are getting healthy food to put into their systems. In today’s society, it is so easy to turn to unhealthy foods and get into bad eating habits. It’s your job as a parent to make sure that your child is eating healthy, because for them they may always want to turn to the chocolatey, sugary snacks which may be okay every once in awhile but not always.

You want to make sure that these snacks are high in nutrients also. Here are some simple recipes that you can follow to get your child on the track to snacking smart and healthy. You can easily have these ready for when they get home from school or when it’s most convenient for you.

 

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1.) Peanut-Butter Banana Smoothie

Make a deliciously healthy banana smoothie! These are simple and quick and your child may be sure to love it! All you need is one banana, 1/4 a cup of natural peanut-butter, 1/2 a cup of ice, and a cup of low-fat or soy milk. You can add however much you desire for thickness. For more flavoring you can add yogurt or even honey, but if not then you’re set!

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2.) Apple Crisps

Apple crisps are so simple and tasty, perfect for an after school snack! First off, you need to preheat your oven to 225 degrees fahrenheit. Then you’re going to mix 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar. Having a mandolin slicer is key into making these. If you don’t have one of these you can try to hand slice them but that may be tricky. So you’re going to slice apples as thin as you can with your slicer. You can use one apple, two apples, however many you would prefer. You don’t want the outside skin of the apple, just the inside. Then you’ll lay out all the slices on a cookie sheet. Next you sprinkle just a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the slices. It’s all up to you how much you use, but less is more. After this you put them in the oven and the whole goal is for them to dry out. You’ll leave them in the oven for an hour and then pull them out after the hour is up and flip them over. Then you will proceed to cook them for another hour and then let them cool before serving.

3.) Baked Kale Chips

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Baked Kale chips? It might be hard to introduce your child into such vegetable, but this is such a healthy choice. All you need is kale, olive oil, and salt. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and in the mean time, cut pieces of kale and wash them in a salad drainer. You’ll want the pieces to then dry off as much as possible before adding olive oil. You don’t want to overdue it with the oil though. Put the pieces of kale on a cookie baking sheet. After adding your oil you can sprinkle salt over the kale and then pop it in the oven. Leave it in the oven for a goo 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown and then serve.

4.) Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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Strawberry Oatmeal bars are a healthy and nutritious after school snack. For this recipe you will definitely need 1 3/4 stick of butter that you can easily cut up, 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of oats, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and then one 12 oz jar of strawberry preserves. You’re going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll then mix all of your ingredients together, except for the strawberry preserves. Next, you’re going to spread HALF of the oats mixture that you now have across your baking pan, and then spread the strawberry preserves across that. Now that you’ve done this, you will still have the other half of the oat mixture, so you will need to lightly pat this down on top of the preserves. You will bake this then for about 30 minutes, until the bars are lightly brown. After this, you’ll let them cool off and then cut them into squares as large or small as you want. Enjoy!

5.) Peanut Raisin Granola

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Along the lines of granola, you will have a various amount of ingredients. You will first preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You will need 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, cooking spray, 1 cup of dry-roasted peanuts, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 14 oz. can of condensed milk, and 1 stick of unsalted butter that will then need to be melted. You’re going to mix all of these ingredients together and then use cooking spray to coat foil that you’ll put down on your pan. Bake until the bars a golden brown color, so it should take about 45 minutes until they’re done. Once they’re cooled, you’re going to peel them off of the tin foil that you had down and then cut the granola into little bars!

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