Meg’s Cooking Corner

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sneaky Summer Snacks

While I usually enjoy having all my children home for the summer, I do not enjoy the endless begging for snacks. What's a desperate mom to do, with food prices rising as fast as my boys' appetites? Here are some snacks that my kids love to eat and I love to serve because they are healthy:

-yogurt with granola mixed in
-all-natural fruit leather (costco sells them)
-fresh or dried fruit (Costco sells dried cherries & dried mangoes that are awesome!)
-homemade muffins with a vegetable puree mixed in (more on purees later)
-veggies with dip (okay, okay, so my kids don't enjoy this often!)
-homemade or store-bought popsicles (whole fruit ones are preferable)
-string cheese or cheese w/crackers (Try FoodShouldTasteGood Multigrain tortilla chips/crackers. They are great plain, topped with cheese or try with melted cheese for healthier nachos. Thanks to Michelle W. who found them at costco {thank heavens we have a new costco nearby!})

Try these recipes for easy summer snacks that the kids can help you make:

Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 1/2 cups red or green grapes
1 pkg (8 oz) cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese cubes
(You could also add other fruits your family enjoys, like melons or pineapple)

On 12 wooden skewers, alternately thread the fruit and cheese cubes. Serve with dip.

Fruit Dips:

Mix 1 cup (8 oz) vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Serve immediately with fruit or refrigerate.
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Mix 1 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt with 1 1/2 cup cool-whip. Can add colored sprinkles for fun right before serving.

Berry Yogurt Popsicles:

1 can pear halves in heavy syrup
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 cups vanilla yogurt

Drain the pears, reserving 2 Tbsp syrup. Place ingredients in a blender. Cover and mix until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with wooden sticks. Freeze until firm, 2 hrs or more.

Orange Creamysicles:

1 (6oz) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 1/4 cups heavy cream

Mix together and pour into six popsicle molds or paper cups with wooden sticks. Freeze until firm, 2 hrs or overnight. (To unmold, it helps to set the molds or cups in hot water for 30 seconds to loosen).
Frozen Bananas on a Stick:
  • 4 medium firm ripe bananas, halved crosswise
  • 1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips (also try white chocolate or butterscotch chips)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Choose for topping: granola, coconut, crushed nuts or cookies, mini choc chips or sprinkles
Peel bananas and insert a popsicle stick into cut end. Wrap loosely in wax paper and freeze for two hours. In top of double boiler (or microwave) melt chocolate with cream and butter until smooth and set aside. Transfer melted chocolate to a tall, narrow glass. Dip each banana into the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Roll in favorite topping. Serves 8.

1 comment:

Gramma Carol said...

Going to try your summertime snacks. And the gyros look and sound delicious. So glad you are doing this. Thanks for sharing!