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While I may be obsessed with hot drinks (tea is a passion of mine), in the summertime, I’m completely in love with cool snacks. This weekend, my two year-old just discovered the joy of her first popsicle (and her face/hands/clothing had the joy of experiencing it as well). Knowing that my passion has passed on to the next generation, I’m really excited to try making our own versions with these fab new popsicle-making products that we featured. I especially like the idea that they’re both eco-friendly and help keep little fingers a little less sticky.
However, I also recently had the chance to enjoy a new version of one of my fave summer treats in the office the other day: Skinny Cow Cookies ‘N Cream ice cream sandwiches. With only two grams of fat, and only 150 calories, I don’t feel quite as guilty reaching for one.
So whether I’m enjoying my own frozen concoctions, or munching on a skinnier version of the classic ice cream sandwich, I know I’m set for the summer.
What are your favourite summer treats?
Nut-free snacks needed for one beach party, one birthday celebration party and one end of the year party…all in one week! Sound familiar?
It’s the end of the school year, and this means lots of fun for the kids, but lots of work for mom. Between buying teacher gifts, helping kids make thank-you cards and sorting through the over-flowing grocery bags full of ‘artwork’…there is hardly enough time to come up with creative party snack ideas.
So, whenever I am stuck for a simple party snack idea, I fall back on one of my childhood favourites—cereal squares. Sometimes I make Rice Krispie Squares, other times I get requests for Fruit Loop Squares and if I feel like mixing it up a bit, I throw in a little bit of whatever cereal I have left in the pantry (Cheerios, Bran Flakes, Rice Krispies, Life) and make a mixed cereal square. For the beach party this week, I have chosen to make Fruit Loop Squares; for the birthday celebration, Corn Flake Squares and for the end of year party—fruit kebobs. Kids eat more fruit if you put it on a stick!
Makes 24 squares
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Good to know: If you are making your squares for a specific theme, add a few drops of food colouring to the mix or decorate them with coloured sprinkles or icing.
We’ve mentioned before how we’re wild about watermelon and the hydration benefits that come with this delish fruit. We also like that it’s a low-fat, cholesterol-free summer treat. But it’s much more than a pretty pink (and green) face. In fact, this fruit is a source of vitamin C, Thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, the antioxidant lycopene, and citrulline ( an amino acid that plays a role in helping the body heal its wounds).
While it’s a great snack in its pure form, sometimes it’s nice to spruce it up a bit, especially if it’s in competition with other summer treats (like ice cream, or popsicles). That’s why we love the recipes that the National Watermelon Promotion Board is sharing, making this fruit even more mouthwatering than ever.
Rather than dish out a classic sundae, try out a Watermelon Banana Split. Take that ice-cream scoop, and dole out three scoops of watermelon to start. Add your banana slices, then top with fresh fruit (and maybe a sweet sauce such as maple syrup or caramel) and voila! I’m excited to try this one with my toddler.
For adults, we liked the Snow Capped Watermelon Mountains, a classy dessert idea that is a simple, elegant ending to an evening barbeque. Using a flat dish, cut out 3 to 4 inch watermelon ‘pyramids’ (aka mountains) and place on a platter. Add a dollop of whipped cream on the top, a sprinkle of icing sugar around the edges, some white chocolate and shredded coconut and you’re done.
That’s what we call healthy, heavenly hydration. What are your favourite watermelon recipes?
Last week, while surfing for new lunch recipes, I came across a fabulous food blogger from New Hampshire, Lily Anette. In her blog, Lily shares her wonderful collection of family-friendly recipes, food photography and tips for getting children to experience new ingredients and recipes.
From her Ginger Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks to Pancetta Baby Tomato and Herbs Tart (save time by using a store-bought tart shell) to all of her wonderful Bento-style lunches, Lily’s recipes and photographs will inspire you to become more creative in the kitchen.
Whether you are packing school lunches or making lunch at home, encourage your children to eat healthy, well-balanced lunches, by incorporating numerous fruits and vegetables, meat and alternatives and grains—all in small portions.
Check out August Bento Days 2.
I can’t wait to try her Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake!
What is your favourite new food site?
Next to the daily challenge of packing a nutritious lunch for the kids, is the daily challenge of providing them an after-school snack that will fuel them through ballet class, hockey practice or a piano lesson but not fill them up so much that they don’t eat any dinner.
Most children need to eat every three to four hours to replenish energy stores and recharge their bodies, and an after-school snack is a necessary component of a school-age child’s overall nutrition intake. In other words, it’s kind of like their fourth meal of the day, so I like to treat it that way and think of the Food Guide Pyramid to plan after-school snacks, just as we do for meals. Although I do include the occasional cookies or other sweet snacks, I also try to:
Some mini-meals my gang enjoys after school include:
What are your kids’ favourite after-school snacks? Savvy moms want to know!
It’s amazing how the luncheon meats of past were so ‘full’ of things that they now are free of—fats, nitrates and other chemicals that are next-to-impossible to pronounce. And that’s not including what part of the animal that the so-called ‘meat’ actually came from.
The idea of pizza growing on trees is absurd. The idea that old-fashioned luncheon meat was actually good for you may have been even more so. Here at SavvyMom, we are major advocates of healthy meat options, such as the Life Choices Hot Dogs that are now sporting SavvyMom Approved stickers (yep, we liked them that much), and we’re always looking to find more meat products that are good for our kids (and us, too).
Recently, we tried sandwiches featuring luncheon meat from Freybe Gourmet Foods who are launching their Naturally Freybe line of hormone, preservative and antibiotic-free meats that are perfect for kids’ lunches. We loved the roast beef, ham, and turkey sandwiches and liked that the cold cuts were made from whole muscle meat (rather than the ground-up processed version created from a range of parts that old school bologna happens to be from).
Another great option that we’d pack in our kids’ lunch boxes are the cold cuts from Maple Leaf Natural Selections. Their philosophy is simple: natural ingredients you can pronounce and nothing added that you wouldn’t want to serve to your loved ones. They make oven-roasted, or smoked and uncured ham, chicken and turkey breast. What we thought was interesting is that celery salt is used as a natural preservative so they have done away with all kind of unpronounceable chemicals in the ingredients.
So all this ‘meaty news’ means that making lunch is a slice again. Do you have a healthier option to recommend?
It’s pumpkin carving time again, and with that comes the inevitable pile of seeds. But don’t throw those seeds out with the rest of the pulp or you’ll be missing out.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack you can make to add a little more flavour to the Halloween festivities. Their nutty taste is great on its own and can also be enhanced by the addition of your favourite sweet or savoury spices. And the kids get a kick out of the fact that you can eat something that came out of their jack o’lantern!
How do you enjoy your pumpkin seeds?
I didn’t think we’d ever do it, but somehow we managed to make it to the bottom of the basket of apples that we toted home from our trip to the apple orchard back in September.
Apples are a delicious and nutritious snack option for kids and adults. They are high in anti-oxidants and fibre and they also help reduce tooth decay. Apples are a great snack on their own—whole, sliced or served with dip. Or, for those who love to bake, serve them in a crisp or bake them in muffins.
Another one of the easiest ways to serve apples is baked. As a child, baked apples were one of my favourite snacks. Simple and delicious. My kids love them just as much as I do.
The next time your kids ask for a snack, point them to the bowl of apples. Baked apples—a perfect after-school snack, but elegant enough to serve for dessert at a dinner party.
Serves 4 to 6
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One of my favourite anticipations of the holiday season is whether Denise, our EatSavvy Editor, is going to make some of her famous Homemade Granola as her signature holiday gift. Upon my return from visiting family over the holidays this year, I was not disappointed. On my desk, nicely packaged, was my very own supply of granola, just in time for ski season. I am looking forward to the next few winter weekends when I know I will be fueled by this delicious breakfast treat. Make some for yourself—it’s perfect for a special Valentine’s breakfast, or just for getting you through your busy day. And packaged in a Mason jar, it makes for a great hostess gift if you are heading away for a winter weekend to visit friends.
Recipe adapted from Dish Cooking Studio
Makes 10–12 cups
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Almost every day I get asked the same question from readers, friends and family—those with kids under 10 (before kids learn to toast their own bagel) are looking for new and easy snack idea without nuts, salt, preservatives or too much sugar. A tall order, to be sure—especially if you’re looking for it on the supermarket shelves. So if you have a few minutes and the right ingredients, I would recommend trying out these delicious muffins I found in Theresa Albert’s new book Ace Your Health. I’m not much of a baker myself, but this Apple Spice Muffin recipe looked so easy, yummy and healthy, I thought they were worth putting on an apron for.
Apple Spice Muffins
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Try for yourself and let me know what you think. I can’t keep them in the house.
As the mother of a toddler (and with a second baby on the way), I’m big into baking healthy snacks that are appropriate for both of us. My latest pregnancy craving has been for muffins, which works out perfectly as my daughter loves them. The question always comes down to “What kind?”
Recently, that choice was taken completely out of my hands when our freezer decided to break down on us and I was left with bags filled with mixed berries (our smoothie favourite) that needed to be used, and fast. As there are only so many smoothies we can drink, of course, muffins came to mind.
We were really happy with the results of this find (I’m currently nibbling one with some cream cheese spread on it as I write this) and would definitely make them again. I made a few modifications and was pleased with the results.
Mixed Berry Muffins
Modified from Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family by Art Smith
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Good to Know: Consider switching white flour for the same amount of spelt flour (a healthy alternative) and adding a Tbsp of Salba® or ground flax seed to boost the Omega 3 and fibre content.
What’s your favourite muffin recipe?
As we move into the home stretch before March Break, I find myself struggling to come up with quick and healthy breakfast ideas for my family. Over the winter, we have overdosed on our go-to weekday breakfast items—cold cereal, hot cereal, toast, bagels, waffles—and are in desperate need of a change.
Our kids love eggs, and we always have them on the weekends, so I figured why not incorporate them, along with a couple of other nutritious ingredients, into our weekday menu as well—breakfast burritos, a simple and healthy way to start the day. Kids can help out by preparing the tortillas for the oven, whisking the eggs, grating the cheese and stirring the scrambled eggs. And, what kid doesn’t love to roll….
Serves 3 hungry children
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Good to Know: substitute cooked bacon, sausage, sautéed vegetables or black beans for the ham. Save time by making a few burritos the night before and then warm them up in the microwave in the morning.
Breakfast burritos aren’t just for breakfast—serve them for lunch, dinner or cut into bite-size pieces for an after-school snack.
What do your kids like to make for breakfast?
When you catch a glimpse of the new Dempster’s Thin Bagels, the million dollar question that comes to mind is how many calories are actually in a regular bagel? Because while these new thin bagels only have 100 calories, they are significantly smaller than what we formerly knew as a bagel.
And we’re OK with that, because we’ll confess to a love-hate relationship with carbs. Smaller in diameter and in thickness, they are nonetheless very yummy and give us the bagel satisfaction we need along with a soft texture, and three varieties to choose from (White with Whole Grains, Multigrain with 100% Whole Grains and Cinnamon Raisin).
Googling to try to answer the afore-mentioned question was not conclusive—estimates ranged from 200 to 500 calories—but I do recall a nutritionist once telling me that eating a bagel was the same as eating five slices of bread! Dempster’s Thin Bagels are great for kids, too, as they offer a more appropriate portion size for them.
And that’s the ‘hole’ story.
(Available at major grocery stores on March 18, $3.79)
When I was a kid, my mom went through a stage where she made her own yogurt, which seemed like a very exotic thing to do to us kids. The outcome was less exotic however, as the plain yogurt that ensued was flavourless (to us) and so we refused to eat it. She didn’t mind—all the more for her.
Her next ‘make it at home’ exotic endeavour was hummus, and that was more successful. My brother, sister and I enjoyed the creamy mixture of chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, garlic and oil and it was my first introduction to Middle Eastern cuisine, one which I still enjoy to this day.
High in iron, protein and Vitamin C, hummus can now be found in supermarkets everywhere and comes in a variety of flavours such as spicy, edamame and roasted red pepper. My kids and I are big fans of the Fontaine Sante Original Hummus, but we’re told by some of our foodie SavvyMom colleagues that if you have a food processor or a blender, you can whip up a homemade version (just like my mom used to do) in no time. The nice thing about making your own is that you can add your favourite ingredients for a personal touch—spinach, arugula, red pepper or even top it with chopped tomatoes.
Hummus makes a great after-school snack or an addition to the lunchbox if you have something crunchy to dip into it (crackers and raw veggies top the list). We also recommend it as a spread on sandwiches—it’s a healthier alternative to mayo.
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After an internal poll of what the savvy kids were having for lunch this week, we all agreed that sometimes, creativity is hard. Add morning madness to the mix and no matter how creative you normally are in the kitchen, routine ends up saving your sanity and your time. Unfortunately, that same routine can also result in boredom and brown bag apathy (read: the lunch comes home rather than getting digested).
For inspiration and motivation, we searched for recipes on SavvyMom to remind us of what we already knew but hadn’t made while operating in autopilot. There’s nothing fancy, but they might be a welcome change to whatever lunch rut you’re stuck in.
Here are our 5 favourite recipes to try next week:
What unique ideas do you have for kids’ lunches?