Simplified Snacking

Meals at our house are evolving as I simplify the way we eat. I actually would stress out about lunch and snacks because I never new what to make. Silly, huh? That’s why I now try to keep it super low-key by putting out an assortment of finger foods for our midday meal.

Really, it’s that simple. I just cut up fruits and veggies and put them on a big plate with ranch dressing or yogurt or peanut butter for the kids to dip in. Isaiah loves dipping the most. :)

I also like to give them something with protein to keep those growing little bodies going. Thankfully, this is easy as well. Cheese, yogurt or peanut butter will do the trick. I also have lots of hard-boiled eggs on hand, thanks to this awesome post on how to boil an egg properly.

This week I also remembered a recipe I had for a healthy, crunchy snack that the kids would love. I modified it a bit and used peanut butter instead of almond butter. The results were delicious and I don’t know if I ate more or the kids did. I made double-batch tonight. These are my new favorite “convenience food.” I’m calling them Peanut Butter Crunchies.

Peanut Butter Crunchies

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup oats

1 cup crispy rice cereal (which we actually had on hand because Daddy loves Rice Krispy Treats…)

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup ground almonds

Mix the vanilla, honey, peanut butter and salt together. Add dry ingredients. Form into small balls, roll in almonds, place on parchment paper and refrigerate.

For more easy snack ideas, you can also check out Katie’s book, Healthy Snacks To Go. It’s a great resource for moms (like me) who need a little help when it comes to making healthy snacks that kids will actually eat.

What’s your go-to snack food?

Nina Nelson

Nina Nelson is an unconventional mom determined to live a life of adventure and purpose. She does that alongside her husband, Ian, and their four crazy, adorable kids. She loves reading, snuggling and giggling at miniature horses.

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Comments

  1. says

    Yah, we love eating figs, carrot sticks and peanut butter, wedges of Brie with rye crackers, tomato slices and cracked peppercorns…

    Damn, I’m all hungry now.

    - Josh (@nonconformistpa)

  2. says

    oooo, love the peanut butter crunchies recipe!
    Snacks drive me berserk – mostly cause of the hassle to prepare. Need to do more advance work, then set it out beFORE they frustrate me with the snack-whine!
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. says

    They are SO good. I love them for myself for a quick breakfast or after workout snack. Very versatile. And super easy to make.