Kids in the Kitchen: “Clean” Healthy Snacks



If your kids are like mine, they snack more than they eat at meals! It’s important to teach them healthy eating habits while they’re young.  Here are some delicious “clean” guilt-free snacks for the whole family to munch on!

Superfood Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup dates

¼ cup honey

¼ cup quinoa (cooked)

2 Tbsp. butter (melted)
½ cup cashew nuts

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup dried cranberries/cherries/apricots (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking pan with baking paper.
  1. Soak the dates in boiling water until slightly softened, for around 5 minutes, then blend the dates in a food processor until they reach a paste consistency.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend 40-60 seconds (not too long—you want enough texture for it to hold together as a “bar” and to see the nuts and seeds.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking pan. Push down to flatten the mixture evenly. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then slice into bars.
  5. Store in a lidded container or wrap individually and freeze for up to three weeks.

 

Pineapple Frozen Whip

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple (diced)

¼ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp. lemon juice (fresh)

1 tsp. lime juice (fresh)

¼ cup sweetener
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Place pineapple chunks into zipper freezer bags and freeze overnight or at least 2 hours. Let thaw slightly just before making by leaving out on counter about 15 minutes, so it’s not frozen rock solid and will separate easily.

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Note: You may need to stop along the way and push chunks up top to the bottom or add a little more almond milk if your blender isn’t very powerful.
  2. Serve immediately or place in freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

 

Yogurt Bark

 Ingredients:

1 cup plain organic Greek yogurt

1 tsp. honey

¾ cup blueberries

¼ cup pistachios or cashews, chopped

choice of: chocolate chips, dried coconut shavings or granola

 

Directions:

1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

  1. Stir honey into yogurt.
  2. Spread yogurt onto wax paper ½-inch thick (no need to make it spread evenly to fill the whole pan).
  3. Sprinkle toppings.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. In the morning, crack the bark into pieces and store in an air-tight freezer bag in freezer.
    7. Eat alone or drop into a bowl of granola for a yummy easy breakfast or snack!

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