Monday, January 28, 2008

Snack Time

In response to the emails, here are a few of the basic staples of snacks we have around our house:

Chips and Salsa (tostitos, sprouts brand mostly)
fritos and bean dip, made with homemade beans and salsa
chips with melted mexican cheese
natural line popcorn
gold fish crackers, now without trans fats
gorilla munch cereal, as a snack , not a cereal.
Trail mix, watch out that it doesn't have partially hydrog. oils
apples and peanut butter
whole wheat toast with jelly
fruitabu fruit roll ups
Healthy handful snacks from costco
homemade granola with good yogurt, either homemade or cascade type brand
Homemade cookies and treats, try to use butter recipes, not shortening and put in some whole wheat, you can also easily sneak in shredded zucchini to brownies and muffins.
Mini muffins, whole wheat flour only. Somehow the mini size makes them more appealing!
Tree top all natural fruit snacks, still has sugar but mostly good for a treat

I will post more ideas as I think of them and give you recipes to try out. Here is my granola recipe that never seems to stay around very long in my house! I love it with fresh yogurt and fruit. It is also a great breakfast.

Fruity Granola

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup jelly
4 1/2 cups rolled oats

melt butter , sugar and jelly in saucepan until sugar is broken down and all melted. Toss with oats . I also like to add shredded unsweetened coconut and slivered almonds . You could also toss in other grains. Spread on 15X10 jellyroll pan sprayed with pam. Cook at 325 about 25-35 mn or until slightly golden brown. Let cool then break up and store in container. It should be crunchy. You can add dried fruit at this point. I like to use a jelly that is either low in sugar or sugar free. Your kids will love this! You could also cut it into granola bar squares when it is still warm if you want.


Laurie said...

Thanks, it is also nice to have some new ideas for healthy snacking, espcially for the kids. It is so easy to get stuck in the same old rut.


Thanks! You truly are a stud, Shari! Your snack ideas help, keep'em coming whenever you can.

Cherstin said...

Thank you! This is exactly what i need!! You've been wonderful.

Becky said...

Thank you for the great ideas! I can't wait to make and taste the granola.

M+J said...

I recently searched your blog and found this post. I loved the snack ideas, and I just made the granola. I hope there will be some left by the time my oldest gets home from school. Thanks for all of the good research, recipes, and thoughts you post.