Make Snack Time Fun… and Healthy!
April 18, 2017
Snack time! Kids love it. While mealtime can be tricky, snack time is always fun.
But just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. When it comes to snacks, there are so many tempting prepackaged, unhealthy options available. For many parents, this is also the time when we slip up and give our children unhealthy foods that are highly processed or full of sugar.
Yet, snack time is crucial for our growing children! We include snacks in Stage 3 of our service (18 + months) for this very reason.
If you’re looking for healthy snack recipes your children will actually get excited about, we’ve got you covered. Below are three of our favorites, straight from the First Spoons™ kitchen! We developed these recipes with love, keeping both fun, ease and nutrition in mind.
1. Monkey Muffins
The sweet smell of bananas will tempt your little one’s tiny taste buds! Serve with a sippy cup of milk for a tasty afternoon snack. Sweet and high in potassium, bananas are one of our favorite ingredients for baking.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1. Combine Flour, baking powder, and salt in a bow. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, butter, and egg, and mix together with the fork until thoroughly combined.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined; be careful not to overmix.
2. Sweet Potato Cornbread muffin with maple butter
These muffins are the perfect snack size for toddlers and a fun spin on regular cornbread. In addition, sweet potatoes make them much more nutritional than regular corn bread. High in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, and so much more, this snack checks so many nutritional boxes.
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with oil.
2. Add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl. Stir until well combined.
3. Stir in the remaining muffin batter ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
4. Fill each muffin cup about halfway. Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
5. Combine the butter and maple syrup in a bowl. Whip with an electric hand mixer until fluffy.
3. Honey Orange Carrot Jewels
Sweetening carrots a bit will teach your little one to love them for life. An excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin A, carrots are one of the most important foods to introduce to your children’s diet.
2 cups baby carrots
4 cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1. Rinse the carrots and place them in a medium sauce pan with the water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat to medium and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until just tender.
2. Drain the carrots and return the pan. Stir in the orange juice, honey, butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens and coats the carrots, about 2-4 minutes. Add the thyme and simmer for another minute. Cut into chewable pieces to serve. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.