I’m sure it won’t come as a big surprise that we go through a lot of snack foods at our house. And let’s just say that not all snack foods were created equal.
Have you ever heard a child rummage through the fridge and come back, whining “There’s nothing to eat in here!” Heck, have you ever said that yourself?
Finding good foods that my family actually enjoys eating is not always easy. I don’t want to load my kids (or my grocery cart $$) up on sweets and junk food, but I do recognize the value of having snacks on hand….especially after a long day at school.
5 Healthy snacking tips for kids AND parents
- Sometimes kids (and adults) don’t see the snacks available to eat because they aren’t “put together” yet. A simple list of ideas posted to the fridge can do the trick (ie – “Slice and apple and dip it in peanut butter” OR “Dip some carrots in hummus.”).
- Set some food out on the counter before the kids come home from school or activities. They are bound to be hungry and are apt to eat the first thing they see. Make it something that you feel ok about them eating.
- Set time limits for snacking. In our house, we “close the kitchen” a little while before meals and bedtime to discourage snacking. The faucet is always on for drinks of water.
- Get everyone their own “special” water bottle or cup. Maybe it’s just my family, but everyone drinks a ton more water when they have a full water bottle that they can keep with them at all times. And the more water they drink, the less junk they’ll eat.
- Teach everyone how to make (or serve) their favorite snacks…Look for simple snacks that your kids can make on their own.
Introducing our new favorite snack, using Snyder’s Mini Pretzels
My kids devour pretzels. I always have a bag of pretzels on hand because they are a staple for both lunches and after-school snacking. Just last week, we dipped some pretzel rods in melted white chocolate and made Pretzel Snowmen out of them.
Well, yesterday I went on the hunt for another fun snack recipe using pretzels, and I found a winner on Pinterest. These Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites were originally posted by Two Tiny Kitchens, found by her on Foodaphilia. I re-worked the recipe a bit (because that’s how I roll in the kitchen) and made these incredible snacks:
I have a secret - I am not a fan of eating pretzels alone, but I LOVED them sandwiched with peanut butter and chocolate. YUM!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp softened butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 bag of mini Pretzels
- 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips or approximately 12 oz melting chocolate
- Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Add the sugars and mix to combine.
- Knead more sugar into the peanut butter mixture until dough is easily rolled into balls and is no longer sticky. (I used approximately 1/4 cup extra sugar)
- Using a rounded teaspoon as a guide, form small balls of the peanut butter mixture.
- Sandwich each ball between two pretzels, pressing slightly (but not too hard!).
- Place pretzel sandwiches in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Right before you take the pretzels out of the freezer, melt the chocolate. (This can be done a variety of ways - either in a double boiler, on the stove on low heat, or slowly in the microwave. The key is to melt the chocolate slowly).
- Dip each pretzel halfway into the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper to cool. You may return them to the freezer or fridge to set completely.
Not only were these pretzel sandwiches really good to snack on, but the kids LOVED rolling the peanut butter balls and sandwiching the peanut butter in between the pretzels. Not only did they get a treat, but they got an activity that kept them occupied for a while, too!
We couldn’t have done it without Snyder’s of Hanover mini pretzels!
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