Have you tried out any Weelicious recipes from our #weePLAN series with Savvy Sassy Moms yet? Don’t worry if you missed it because you can still view week one: Pantry Staples and week two: Making Great Leftovers.
This week we’re talking about every kid’s favorite time of day—snack time! Prepackaged foods are so easy to purchase and throw in school lunch or take in your purse for on-the-go snacks, but have you looked at those ingredient labels lately? They’re full of preservatives and ingredients we can’t even pronounce. Plus, they’re usually far more expensive than homemade snacks.
Get ready, because here’s Catherine McCord, from Weelicious, to show you how to make your own snacks that are full of wholesome ingredients, foods you love and are easy to make at home!
These Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are unbelievably delicious, and, if you wrap them individually, they are just as easy to grab when you’re on-the-go as the ones you buy at the market (plus, you’ll have no problem pronouncing all of the ingredients in these). The best part? This recipe makes thirty bars.
You might think that little ones would be thrown by the idea of combining fruits and green veggies to make a smoothie, but we’ve discovered the complete opposite. They get a thrill out of coming up with new combinations every day—like this Berry Green Smoothie. If anyone in your family is spinach averse, they’ll never detect it; this recipe tastes like sweet bananas and berries.
Crackers are one of those foods that most people keep in the pantry for their kids. And why not? They’re delicious. But they are also often high in sodium, low in fiber and feature some unneeded empty ingredients like sugar. For what is such a simple food, making your own homemade version is so much better, especially when you use whole wheat flour, which ups the fiber content and is far more nutritious than refined.
I’d been making vanilla pudding out of a box for years until I realized a) what was in most boxed brands and b) just how simple it is to make homemade. After years of playing around with the recipe, we ended up with this luscious version made with vanilla and cinnamon. We promise that it will totally knock your socks off.
Hummus is a refrigerator staple. It’s easy to make and stays fresh for over a week, and it’s a healthy protein that kids love. Whether you’re serving it as a dip with veggies, as a spread on a sandwich or even just to eat with a spoon straight out of a bowl, hummus is a recipe that’s simple to prepare but packed with flavor!
Looking for the perfect way to store your snacks? Don’t forget to package them in Munchkin’s Snack Catcher. It’s perfect for at home or on the go. We personally love the new lid design.
If you have multiple kids or are headed out for a play date, be sure to label everything with Mabel’s Labels to ensure all your snack containers go to the right kid and make their way back home.
Ready to get started? Grab your kids, and start cooking up a storm! Have fun making yummy snacks and lifelong memories together! Also, be sure to share with us how your snack turned out!
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Recipes and tips by Catherine McCord. Catherine posts new family-friendly recipes and videos every week on Weelicious. She is also creator of Weelicious Menus, a meal planning service that helps busy families make dinner easier.