Snacks for Children
By Cyndi Roberts
Lately, there has been a lot in the news concerning obesity in
America. And not just in adults--our children are over-weight, also.
It's not surprising, considering the advertising dollars that
are spent each year aimed at persuading children that potato chips, candy bars
and other "junk food" are good for them.
While we may not be able to change the world, we can change what
is available to our children in our own homes.
Here are a few healthy alternatives to those fat and sugar-
laden "store-bought" snacks.
PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
toasted wheat germ
tablespoons powdered milk
Mix ingredients well, shape into balls. Roll in coconut if
desired. Store in refrigerator.
POPCORN IS A GREAT SNACK FOOD. It is a good source of fiber and
low in calories--until you add toppings. Don't add salt, but try sprinkling
grated Parmesan or American cheese on top.
Zipper top bags of popcorn are handy for taking along on picnics
and other outings.
HONEY "CRACKER JACKS"
butter or margarine
Melt honey and butter in microwave until melted and blended. Let
cool. Mix peanuts and popcorn; pour honey mixture over and stir till coated.
Spread in single layer in shallow baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Stir several times during
baking. Watch closely so it doesn't burn.
Store in airtight container.
Soak 1/2 cup dried apricots in 2 cups of pineapple juice for
about 1 hour. Process in blender till smooth.
FRUITY SODA DRINK
Combine equal amounts of carbonated water with fruit juice.
Sweeten with honey, if desired.
Process in blender till smooth. This is a good way to use up
With summer coming up, frozen snacks will be on our grocery
lists. Why not try these alternatives?
HOMEMADE FROZEN POPS
can frozen juice concentrate, softened try orange, grape, or fruit punch
containers of plain yogurt
popsicle sticks and cups
Process in blender. Pour into cups and insert sticks. Freeze.
Small paper cups work pretty well as molds for these recipes.
MAKE YOUR OWN PUDDING POPS
pkg. instant pudding mix--any flavor
cup lowfat milk
Mix as directed on package. Once again, pour into molds and add
These ideas should help feed those hungry kids on those warm
spring and summer days!
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Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter "1 Frugal Friend
2 Another", bringing you practical, money-saving tips, recipes and
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