Monday, June 20, 2011

Snack Time Seems To Be All The Time

Kids love to snack! Especially when they are growing. And, if your kiddos are anything like my child, they always want a snack at the most inconvenient times - in the car, in Target, in the carpool line....... I don't mind Amelia snacking, but like to make sure she has healthy things to choose from. My best advice is to have some snacks already made in snack size ziplocks. That way you can just grab it and go! Here are some of my fav snacks to enjoy at home or on the go. I am including my recipe for Granola Bars - they are wonderful, EASY, and are loved by all!

- Homemade Granola Bars
- Bran Muffins (I always add some mini chocolate chips - a little goes a long way!)
- Homemade Trail Mix
- Frozen Grapes (cut in half if feeding to small children)
- Raw Veggies (kids love things that crunch - make sure to offer different colored veggies)
- Smoothies ( I love to make these with Amelia - she loves adding the fruit to the blender and blending it herself)
- GoGo Organic Squeeze Applesauce

Granola Bars

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
1 cup Kashi 7-Grain Cereal
1/3 cup craisins
1/3 cup Chopped Dates
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup chopped apricots
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350

Spread oats, almonds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Place in a large bowl. Add cereal, dates, raisins, apricots. Mix well.

Combine almond butter, honey, sugar, and vanilla in a small sauce pan. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

Pour almond butter mixture over all the dry ingredients. Mix well. Transfer mixture to an 8x8 pan that has been coated in nonstick spray. Press mixture down well with your hands. I usually spray a little nonstick spray on my hands before doing this.
Place in the fridge and let cool for 30-45 minutes. Flip out onto a cutting board and cut into either 8 bars or 16 squares.
Enjoy :)

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