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    School's out, and that means we'll be going through food faster than ever in my house. I had this idea that maybe I could make more healthy snacks and phase out the packaged snacks we buy like granola bars, cereal bars, crackers. Does anyone have any recipes they like for these sorts of things, or for other awesome and healthy snacks? I really want to do something different and could use some suggestions. TIA!

    ~ Cassie, mama to Madison (8), Ali (4) & Wesley (new dude!)


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    We do a lot of fruit and veggies. Also healthy dips for chips, crackers, veggies. Roll ups...turkey and cheese in a tortilla. Nuts. We are not huge snackers here though, so I am probably not much help.

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    Some of my favorites are home made popsicles, ice cream, and gummy snacks / jello.

    Popsicles: mostly frozen yogurt, flavored however she wants. Favorite flavors: blueberry, honey, strawberry. You could also just make your favorite smoothie and freeze in a popsicle mold.

    Ice cream: Basically flavored cream. Usually at least with honey and an egg. Blend it all together with an immersion blender, so it's fluffy and soft. I put it in a small ziplock bag and seal tightly. Then put that in a large one with ice and salt, and we take turns shaking it for 15 - 30 mins. And I love that we make it together. We recently got an "ice cream ball", where you put it in a big ball and roll it back and forth. Yummy, relatively healthy, and fun!

    Gummy snacks / jello: Fruit, fruit juice, and gelatin, flavors to your liking. I find you need something tart, like a bit of lemon or some orange juice (I've heard pineapple doesn't work), or else it tastes kind of bland. I heat the fruit juice and fruit together, just until they're warm and smell yummy. Put in a blender, and blend until smooth. Then add gelatin and blend a bit more (make sure it's still warm, or it won't gel nicely). Put in molds or one big glass pan and chill in fridge until solid. Remove from molds or cut what's in the pan in cubes. The difference between gummy snacks and jello is only the liquid to gelatin ratio. The more gelatin, the firmer the final product.
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    I think someone just mentioned this (and even my DD eats this!) but we mix up almonds and craisins as a very basic trail mix-type thing. You can do it with other dried fruits, too, if you don't want the sugar in the craisins. DD won't eat it, but I have made it with dried pineapple, blueberries, and peaches.


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    These are a favorite in our house: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/no-...=Google+Reader.
    They taste even better if you store them in the freezer!




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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurainFL View Post
    These are a favorite in our house: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/no-...=Google+Reader.
    They taste even better if you store them in the freezer!
    They look so good! I have to try those!

    I find with all of these things you have to be willing to set some time aside to prepare them whether it be on the weekend or whatever. That is the catch with the prepackaged....it's called convenience foods for a reason! Now that DD3 is older I am able to do a bit more and I can do it. And by prepare I mean even mix nuts and craisins together and put it in a bowl. Even that I was not able to do at times! But also you may want to separate things into small baggies and have them ready. I sometimes do this but I am amazed at how fast we go through them! My kids EAT. A LOT. I can't keep up with them. I thought I was awesome and cut up some peppers and cucumbers and put them on a platter in the fridge for an afternoon snack. I figured it would last a few days....it was gone in ONE afternoon! So it takes a lot to keep up with these things but it's worth it. You just need to know you will need some prep time.

    We do pretzels and cream cheese which is one of my favorite snacks I also recently discovered whipped PB...omg it's so good. We dip apples into it. We used to do regular PB but the whipped is a bit easier to dip. They also like veggies dipped in a creamy dressing like ranch or blue cheese or hummus. There are lots of varieties of hummus now too.

    I also do cheese and crackers, chunks of cheese, rolled up turkey or ham, all kinds of fruits that I precut like melons, berries, etc. Dry cereal can even be a snack. My kids love nuts and popcorn but because of the baby I try not to serve those.

    I also made my own bagel bites for after school. I bought some mini bagels and added sauce and mozzarella and then put them in the freezer. I actually have not tried cooking them yet to see how they came out so I can't say if that was a good idea or not but if you were to cook it without freezing it they would definitely be great - you could probably make in advance and put them in the fridge if you know you will eat them later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurainFL View Post
    These are a favorite in our house: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/no-...=Google+Reader.
    They taste even better if you store them in the freezer!
    Oh yum, I am definitely trying these...thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by macksmom View Post
    They look so good! I have to try those!

    I find with all of these things you have to be willing to set some time aside to prepare them whether it be on the weekend or whatever. That is the catch with the prepackaged....it's called convenience foods for a reason! Now that DD3 is older I am able to do a bit more and I can do it. And by prepare I mean even mix nuts and craisins together and put it in a bowl. Even that I was not able to do at times! But also you may want to separate things into small baggies and have them ready. I sometimes do this but I am amazed at how fast we go through them! My kids EAT. A LOT. I can't keep up with them. I thought I was awesome and cut up some peppers and cucumbers and put them on a platter in the fridge for an afternoon snack. I figured it would last a few days....it was gone in ONE afternoon! So it takes a lot to keep up with these things but it's worth it. You just need to know you will need some prep time.

    We do pretzels and cream cheese which is one of my favorite snacks I also recently discovered whipped PB...omg it's so good. We dip apples into it. We used to do regular PB but the whipped is a bit easier to dip. They also like veggies dipped in a creamy dressing like ranch or blue cheese or hummus. There are lots of varieties of hummus now too.

    I also do cheese and crackers, chunks of cheese, rolled up turkey or ham, all kinds of fruits that I precut like melons, berries, etc. Dry cereal can even be a snack. My kids love nuts and popcorn but because of the baby I try not to serve those.

    I also made my own bagel bites for after school. I bought some mini bagels and added sauce and mozzarella and then put them in the freezer. I actually have not tried cooking them yet to see how they came out so I can't say if that was a good idea or not but if you were to cook it without freezing it they would definitely be great - you could probably make in advance and put them in the fridge if you know you will eat them later.
    Totally agree about having to make time to prepare....I was thinking I could make a couple things on Sundays and see how far thru the week that takes us. But yeah, I may be disillusioned because there isn't time to do so many things I want/need to these days...guess I will just go into it with low expectations.

    Some yummy sounding ideas here...keep em coming! Thanks everyone!

    ~ Cassie, mama to Madison (8), Ali (4) & Wesley (new dude!)


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    I have a few recipes for crackers and granola bars that I like to do when I have time. I think I've tried all of these with good results. The fruit leather and roasted chickpeas are tasty too, and the kids think making the fruit leather is kind of fun.
    Also, I totally agree with previous comments about pre-cutting fruits & veggies to make snacking really easy. When I have everything pre-washed and cut in the fridge and ready to eat, it goes fast.
    Little flatbread pizzas also make a great quick snack if they want something savory/warm - just lay out a piece of lavash or flatbread on a cookie sheet, spread with pizza sauce, alfredo or pesto if they like it, then cheese and whatever other toppings (my girls often don't even have sauce - just a little butter and garlic, then cheese - like crispy garlic bread). Put it under the broiler for a few minutes.

    http://amoderngal.com/2009/02/15/hea...d-banana-bars/
    http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/20...-granola-bars/
    http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and...aham-crackers/
    http://weelicious.com/2010/06/07/fruit-and-seed-bars/
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/20...fruit_lea.html
    http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and...ney-chickpeas/
    http://prudentbaby.com/2012/06/enter...pe/#more-20281
    -- mom to DD1 1/98 and DD2 10/09


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