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Healthy snacks for kids, adults

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By The Staff

I thought I would revisit some recipes from last year that really helped some folks give their kids healthy, easy snacks for school. I’ve added some more ideas for those who would like some “adult snacks” for the office.

Hummus veggie wraps

Small whole wheat wraps/tortillas

Pepper strips,sliced thin

Cucumber, sliced thin

Carrot sticks, thin

Hummus, any flavor

Spread a layer of hummus on the tortilla, place a mixture of veggies in, and roll up, tucking in the sides first so it doesn’t fall out when they take a bite.

Tropical Mango dip with mini waffles

8 ounce bar of cream cheese, softened

Dole* tropical fruit in juice, drained

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 package mini waffles

Place cream cheese in a medium glass bowl and microwave about 20 seconds on high to soften. Add drained fruit, add a little juice as needed if it’s too stiff. Stir in brown sugar. Slightly toast as many mini waffles as he/she will eat. Let them cool. You can them in separate containers/baggie and let them dip or spread it on the waffles.

Mini pizza bagels

Defrost mini bagels. Send them with a small container of your favorite pasta sauce, shredded cheese, and mini pepperoni. They can build their own pizzas without too much mess. You can buy these already made, but be prepared to add a ton of fat and sodium to their diets. I use turkey pepperoni and really cut down on the bad stuff.

Buffalo celery andcarrots

8ounce bar of cream cheese, softened

2 tabelspoons ranch dressing

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Celery and Carrot sticks

Mix the 1st three together in a bowl. Cut up celery and carrots. This is enough dip for a whole week of snacks. Cut up enough celery and carrots and place in water. Store in fridge. Quick and easy in the morning.

Graham Sticks

and peanut butter

Mix 8 ounces of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon of honey in a small container. A snack size bag with graham cracker sticks is all you need to enjoy a healthy snack.

If your office or kids’ school Peanut free, try these:

Makes 20 bars

ACTIVE TIME 5 minutes

TOTAL TIME 30 minutes

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas)

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons flax seeds

1 cup dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, currants, cranberries and/or cherries)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup sunflower butter

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a food processor, pulse the first 6 ingredients until finely chopped (it’s ok if there are few coarsely chopped pieces).

Add the honey and sunflower and pulse until starting to combine.

Pour the mixture into a 9” x 9” pan, greased then line with parchment and press down into the pan until completely even.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Let the bars completely cool before cutting with a serrated knife into bars. These recipes are great for after school too!

Lawrenceburg Resident Laura Hahnes is the ownwer of Dinner Thyme, LLC Personal Chef Service. Reach her by email at Dinnerthymemenow@gmail.com.