Try this “healthy snack” your family will love’. Haven’t we all heard this before? So we hurry up and make the snack, and your family give you a look and ask “what is that?”
There are a lot of well-meaning people out there who are very concerned with eating healthy. They eat whole grain everything and never add sugar to their diet. Sometimes I wish I could be more like them, but I have just come to accept the fact that I’m not.
I’m still an advocate of healthy meals and snacks, but I also know that I have to find a way to add healthier options that are still tasty. So I’ve come up with a few recipes for that are somewhere in between junk food and health food. I feel good that I have taken some positive steps toward better eating and knowing that my family is actually eating what I prepare!
While this recipe has some sugar in it and isn’t made with 100% fruit juice, it still packs a powerful punch nutritionally. It’s a great way for your family to eat fruit.
- 2 cups of 100% fruit juice of choice
- 2 bananas peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries (1/2 cup frozen strawberries with sugar)
- 1/2 cup of peaches – fresh or canned (canned in heavy syrup is okay)
- 1 apple, peeled and cut in chunks
Put juice in a blender and add fruit. Blend for 1 minute or until well blended and frothy. Serve cold.
While you can add dried fruit such as raisins and dates to this recipe, you are free to omit them if you don’t care for them. My boys like this granola plain. It still is a good way to get your family to eat whole grain oats.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup dates (optional)
- 1 cup almonds (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Spread thinly on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 t0 25 minutes at 325 degrees until lightly browned.
Do not let cool in the pan or you’ll never get it out. Use a spatula to transfer granola to another container to let cool. Cover and store.
Yield: 3 cups.
- 2 cup of granola
- 1/2 cup of small candy (like m & m’s, nestle pieces, Reese’s Pieces, etc.)
- 1/2 cup nuts (your choice – cashews, peanuts, almonds…)
- 1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (your choice – raisins, dates, pineapple, etc.)
Mix ingredients together and store in plastic bags. If you want to just mix together the granola and candy – that’s okay too. You are still getting a whole grain as part of this delicious snack.