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Monday, March 31, 2014

More snack ideas

Last week we started talking about snack recipes. What do you like to pack in your kids lunches for snacktime? Here are a few more ideas and don't forget to check out our Snack cookbook.

Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback
  •  Apple with caramel – Single-serve caramel tubs and sliced apples are a great, healthy snack for kids of all ages.
  • Fruit medley – For some reason, if you stick an orange in your kid’s lunch box, it comes back to you, untouched. If you stuff a small Tupperware with a strawberry, a few raspberries, some blueberries and a slice or two of that same orange, they will eat every last bite. Go figure.
  • Vegetable medley – It’s the same with vegetables. A plastic zip-top bag with baby carrots gets old. But fill that Tupperware with a few carrots, a piece of cauliflower, a broccoli floret and a few cherry tomatoes and wow! Vanishing act. Be sure to pack a single serve ranch dressing packet for guaranteed success.
  • Yogurt – This is a great snack in its natural state, but not so great when you stir in sugary, chemically add-ins. Try organic vanilla with Grape Nuts cereal. It gives the added crunch your child is looking for, with the healthy twist moms like.
  • Tuna – If you child loves prepared snack packs and lunch kits, try single-serve tuna packs with whole wheat crackers. It lets them think they “won” but still gets them to eat healthy.
  • Organic fruit snacks and leathers – Honestly, these are great, healthy snacks when done right, meaning with organic and minimal added sugar.
  • Peanut butter- Sure, PB & J sandwiches are everywhere but try a single serve pack of flavored peanut butter, if your school hasn't banned it. Super healthy, low in sugar and the squirt-in-your-mouth-fun-factor lets it compete head-to-head with sugary snacks, and win.

More Snack Ideas

Kids Healthy Snacks
List of snacks- print off and add to your fridge for a quick reference
Preschool snacks
Snacks with 6 or less ingredients
More snack recipes and ideas blog posts


Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback


Share with us your favorite snack ideas for kids below! 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Healthy Snacks For Lunch Boxes

We just talked about packing lunches, now let's move on to snacks.

Packing lunchboxes can be stressful, particularly if you leave it for the last minute as you're trying to head out the door and wrangle everyone into the car. Then there are all the choices: Do you fill it full of organic, nutritious stuff that your child may or may not eat?

Do you fill it with items guaranteed to be consumed but not so healthy? And what about allergies... some schools are totally peanut-free, which leaves the old PBJ combo out in the cold. You don’t want your kid to go hungry, waste food or, worse, trade for something you really don’t approve of. So, how do you create a win-win situation in the lunch box department?

There are many ways to sneak nutrition in, right under Sam's or Sasha's nose. The key factor that you need to remember is that taste trumps nutrition. If it tastes good, they won’t notice that it is also good for them. Here are a few ideas to run with on healthy snacks to stuff in a lunch box, without alerting the consumer (A.K.A. your kid) to its healthfulness.
Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback

  • Homemade trail mix – Kids love to snack on stuff by the handful and naturally lean towards food they can eat in bite-sized servings. Moms love it because you can also sneak all sorts of good stuff in there – dried fruit bits, seeds, etc. – without them being any wiser. 
  • Chips & salsa – Always a perennial favorite; you can even make homemade salsa and tortilla chips on the weekend for more control over what your kids are eating.
  • Veggie chips- Before you grab that 10-pack of not-so-good-for-you chips, try the veggie ones. Chips and puffs made from vegetables often include a bit more in the vitamin area, and most kids do like them. Try a bag next time
  • Mini kabobs- Use small wooden skewers and thread grapes, small cubes of cheese and leftover ham or chicken. Healthy, tasty and fun. 
  • Hummus- This Middle Eastern chickpea dip is super healthy and is another great way to serve up those baby carrots. Dips and kids are always a hit. 
  • Tzatziki- Originally from Greece, this garlicky yogurt dip is not for everyone but may just suit your kid's need for saltiness. Great with sliced cucumbers or pita chips.
  • Cheese – Single serve cheeses are awesome. They include a dose of calcium and protein. Include a toothpick for fun eating. 

More Snack Ideas

Kids Healthy Snacks
List of snacks- print off and add to your fridge for a quick reference
Preschool snacks
Snacks with 6 or less ingredients
More snack recipes and ideas blog posts


Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback


Stay tuned next week we'll share some more easy snack ideas.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

7 more sandwich ideas

Need more lunchbox ideas?

Lunch Box Recipes
  Sandwich Ideas
  • Corn muffin with turkey, Monterey jack and jalapeno jelly. You can also use leftover corn bread.
  •  Fill a wrap or a pita with ham and homemade pineapple salsa or sliced pineapple.
  •  Give turkey lunchmeat a new lease on life with cream cheese and thinly sliced cucumbers on a toasted bagel.
  • For more bagel ideas, try using up leftover grilled vegetables from last night’s dinner and a smear of cream cheese.
  •  Sliced tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella on a whole wheat English muffin with olive oil. Caprese fans unite!
  •  Leftover beef or chicken stir fry rolled up in a wrap.
  •  Leftover chicken with pesto on a bakery roll will make anyone want to brown bag it. 

New recipes for sandwiches and ideas for lunch can help you reignite your taste buds and please your palate – and save money!

See past sandwich ideas posts:
Fill your lunchbox
More Sandwich Ideas


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Monday, March 10, 2014

More sandwich ideas!

Last week I shared 10 sandwich ideas here are some more for you!   Plus don't miss our Lunch box recipes filled with 100 recipes to fill your lunchboxes!
Lunch Box Recipes
11. Hummus, tomato and diced cucumbers rolled up in a lavash (flat bread) or stuffed in a pita.

12. Fresh mozzarella and raspberry jam panini. Mmmm. Warm and melty. Sweet and salty.

13. Ham on a blueberry muffin. Kids love this.

14. Leftover grilled chicken on a biscuit with American cheese, mayo and pickle.

15. Leftover grilled chicken on a triple berry muffin with chipotle mayo. The berries and the chipotle play off each other nicely.

16. Ham salad on an apple cinnamon muffin. Remember those apple cinnamon Jiffy muffin mixes? You can mix up a batch of “homemade” in minutes – for pennies!

17. Roast beef and tomato on leftover garlic bread. Why not. It really is a good way to use up the brad and tastes amazing!

18. Banana bread with Nutella. Warning: Nutella, a hazelnut-chocolate spread, is addictive. You may just eat the entire jar with a spoon. 
 



Don’t forget that grilled sandwiches and paninis taste just as good cold. Anyone that is perpetually packing their lunch for budget-conscious or health-conscious reasons needs a little shake up now and then.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Fill your lunchbox

Tired of PB & J? Has baloney worn out its welcome? Are you bored with the same old, same old? No wonder! Studies show that most of us use the same recipes and eat the same foods over and over again, bringing on boredom and dulled taste buds.

But convenience is no excuse. The sandwich has been around since 1762, which has given us plenty of time to come up with a few new ideas for lunch. Think outside the bag – the lunch bag, that is!
A sandwich is basically anything you can stick between two pieces of bread. You don’t have to stay with the traditional meat, cheese, condiment combo. Change things up: Add fruit. Try a new bread. Let your imagination run wild.

Check out our Lunch Box Recipes book for more help on packing kids lunches.
Lunch box recipes Kindle Book or softcover

These 10 sandwich ideas for kids and adults are sure to shake you out of your brown bag blues.
  1. Tuna salad on white bread is standard, but try it on toast with shredded carrots for crunch (and Vitamin A!). 
  2. Almond butter with sliced banana packs a protein punch, but tastes like dessert.
  3. Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be just American cheese. Try cheddar with sliced apples and grainy mustard. 
  4. Another alternative to plastic-wrapped cheese is grilled Monterey Jack with thinly sliced pear. 
  5. Grilled Swiss with avocado and sour cream. Yes, sour cream. If you can find alfalfa sprouts, they are great stuffed in here, too. 
  6. Cinnamon raisin bread with leftover roast chicken is a surprisingly good combo. 
  7. Ham with apple butter. Very autumnal and very tasty. 
  8. Leftover turkey on cranberry nut bread. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to try this one. 
  9. Goat cheese and fig jam, which are both readily available at most neighborhood supermarkets. 
  10. Leftover steak with fresh spinach leaves, fresh mozzarella and chipotle mayo. 

 
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mardi Gras food and free craft printable

Mardi Gras is here and people all over the USA (not just in Louisiana) are celebrating with parades and parties. The celebrations don't stop until Tuesday, March 4th, so there is plenty of time for you to join in the fun!

Try some homemade Mardi Gras fare- learn how to make dirty rice or king cake or more Cajun cooking ideas. Then make a craft to go with your Mardi Gras dinner!

 

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