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Snackin So Good

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!

Banana Boats:

Take your favorite fruits and turn them into a dessert-esque treat!

  • banana
  • blackberries/blueberries (or strawberries)
  • peanut butter
  • granola
  • mini chocolate chips
  • caramel/honey/ or chocolate sauce (I made my chocolate sauce using Cacao Powder and coconut oil)

Directions:

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. 🙂

Avocado Bruschetta

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

Directions:

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.

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Valentine’s Day Party Finds

Last night I had the privilege of strolling through Target, solo. An exciting trip out for me because I can actually take my time looking at things. However, extremely dangerous for my bank account. As usual the $1 area pulled me in for the sucker that I am. Let’s start by realizing not everything in that area is $1. It ranges from $1-$5, so that gets a little tricky when you’re throwing things in the cart like candy at a parade. Last night though, I found some amazing Valentine’s items for my kiddos at home and for the kiddos at school.

$1 Felt Envelopes

How precious are these?!? Nothing like saying Happy Valentine’s Day to a two year old than with the worlds largest card. She will be obsessed with putting all of her little toys in here. I don’t know if you have kid that’s obsessed with tiny toys like mini trolls and shopkins, but if they are this is the perfect hiding place for them.

Heart Shaped Notebooks:

My little artist absolutely loves to draw in notebooks. She’s going to love this heart-shaped one. So, so simple yet so much fun for her.

Pre-made Valentines

As a teacher, it really doesn’t get better than this. These Valentine’s come with super cute phrases and adorable erasers to match. I literally just have to write my name and call it good. Best part, student receive a card and a practical eraser ((instead of candy)) for a total of $3.

Heart Bubbles & Necklaces

What little kiddo isn’t a fan of bubbles?!? These are the perfect size and they can be worn as a necklace. Splurged and purchased the heart shaped necklace beads as well.

I was able to find all these goodies and spend a total of $12. My little bears are totally ready for the party at daycare next week and I didn’t break the bank. What did you purchase for Valentine’s Day this year for the parties?? Drop a comment below.

Heart-Shaped Gummies

Target’s brand, Market Pantry has made heart-shaped gummies for Valentine’s Day. A pack of 30 only costs $6. That’s a steal.

P.S. The adorable letter-board in the picture was also from Targets dollar deal section. I believe it was $5, but worth every penny. So trendy and so chic.