Is it your turn to be the class mom? Is one of your duties supplying a snack? Or, is there an upcoming holiday or celebration that your child’s class will be participating in? Instead of running out to the grocery store and grabbing a box of cookies or donuts (which many schools won’t even allow you to bring in anymore), fill your child and his classmates’ bellies with some yummy and healthy treats. As an added bonus, you can get your kids involved in making these delicious treats, which will instill a sense of pride and help them learn the value of healthy cooking.
A good, old fashioned trail mix will be sure to please even the pickiest eaters – and it’s super easy to make, healthy, and yummy, to boot. To make this treat, you’ll need:
· A variety of nuts; peanuts, cashews, almonds walnuts – just check to make sure that there aren’t any nut allergies in your child’s classroom.
· Chocolate chips
· Dried apricots
Combine ½ cup of each ingredient in a large bowl and in a matter of seconds, you have a yummy, good for you treat.
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Turn plain old yogurt into something a little more fun and exciting by making yogurt pops. For this treat, all you need to do is select any flavor yogurt and pour it into a plastic ice pop mold. Insert a Popsicle stick or a plastic spoon into the pop for a handle. Stick the mold into the freezer and you’ll have tasty, refreshing treats. Use Greek yogurt, instead, to add some extra protein. You can also add bits of chopped up fruit to make this treat even more tasty and healthy.
These are a much healthier option than the traditional deep fried potato chips, and they are a whole lot healthier. For this great tasting, healthy snack for your kid and his classmates, you’ll need:
· 2 sweet potatoes
· ½ teaspoon of sea salt
· 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
· Cinnamon sugar (optional)
To whip up this recipe, just scrub down and peel the sweet potatoes. Slice the potatoes into thin piece and toss them in the oil. Arrange the sweet potato slices onto a foil lined baking sheet, placing them into an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees F. Let them to bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until crisp. Allow the chips to cool and sprinkle some sea salt or Kosher salt on top of them. Alternatively, you can sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top of them to add some extra sweetness.
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Need to find a way to store all of these morsels? Acrylic bins are the perfect storage solution because they are lightweight and super portable.
Your child and all of his classmates won’t believe how deliciously amazing, and good for them, these treats are. And, you’ll win the Mom of the Year award for making such totally awesome snacks for the class.
Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. Her writings cover all kinds of health topics, and children’s health is something she is very passionate about.