Snack time can be a delightful time or a vicious cycle of “what haven’t see had in a while?”. I try my best to keep from falling into a rut, but as a working mom I don’t always succeed. However, I try not to beat myself up over it because kids have had fruit snacks and crackers with peanut butter for a snack for decades and it hasn’t hurt anyone yet. I mean, at least I purchase the dye-free fruit snacks-right??
This past week I did my best to get our nutrition back on track. By actually planning out meals and going to the grocery store(s) I was able to have a stocked kitchen, which in turn made snack time a total breeze. It didn’t hurt that I had a bonus day off this week, so I was able to really channel into our healthy eating lifestyle. Below are two extremely simple recipes, using items you more than likely already have just laying around OR items that are fairly inexpensive to add to your grocery list. I hope you enjoy these snacks as much as we did. When a 2.5 year old gives her stamp of approval, you know you did something right!
Take your favorite fruits and turn them into a dessert-esque treat!
- blackberries/blueberries (or strawberries)
- peanut butter
- mini chocolate chips
- caramel/honey/ or chocolate sauce (I made my chocolate sauce using Cacao Powder and coconut oil)
Cut banana in half. Lightly spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on the side of the banana that is face up. Place berries on banana. Sprinkle with granola and chocolate chips. Quickly glaze in sauce of your choice. We served ours with yogurt on the side with additional fruit. Enjoy!
I told you it was really going to be THAT easy. 🙂
This dish is the perfect twist on a typical bruschetta. All of the flavors work together to create a delicious Italian snack, appetizer, or light lunch.
- 2 pieces of bread (of your choice)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 avocado
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 cup cubed chicken (cooked)
- balsamic vinegar
- sprinkle of mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly toast bread in toaster to speed process up OR you can place the toast in the oven when it is preheated and toast bread in oven for 10 minutes.
Cut the tomato into 1/4″ slivers, then cut in half. Slice avocado in half. Take avocado and spread across bread, one side only. Place the bread avocado side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle mozzarella on top of avocado and place chicken as desired on bread. Top with tomatoes and lightly drizzle olive oil on top.
Place toast in oven for 4 minutes, checking to see if the cheese has melted. Once cheese has melted, broil for 1-2 minutes so the bread can become a little crispy. Remove from oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar as desired.
Hope you enjoy these quick and easy recipes that can add a little variety to your everyday snacking. Let me know if you try it! Do you have a similar recipe or favorite snack? I would LOVE to hear them.