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Thursday, January 31, 2013

3 Quick, Easy Snack Ideas {all 4 Ingredients or Less!}

What a busy week!
With a snowstorm, work, dentist appointments and a taping for a cooking segment, this mama has been busy.
Oh, and did I mention I couldn't even get into my car this morning?  With the temps hovering around zero and the snow and ice covering everything, my doors were all frozen shut.  Just the greatest thing to start your day, when you've got two little ones to bundle up and get out the door.  Alas, the husband's truck saved the day...
But let's get to these snacks!
On Tuesday, I taped a cooking segment for WQAD and the Quad City Mom's Blog.  This is my third time doing this and it has been a learning experience, yet so much fun.  These ladies could not be more welcoming.
For the segment we focused on quick, easy and healthy snack options for your kids.  I brainstormed and came up with three...and I promise, adults will like these too!

This veggie dip is genius.  In a food processor combine 2 c. cottage cheese, 1 cup fresh spinach and 1/2 package of ranch seasoning mix {or use your own seasonings}.  Give it a whirl and that's it!  Use it as a dipper for carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower or baked chips.
This will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week.  If it lasts that long....

I have to admit these homemade 100 Calorie Snack Packs are my favorite.  How many times have we reached into a bag of almonds or raisins and just keep eating?  Later realized we probably consumed way more calories than we first thought.
This is simple.  In small snack bags combine:  8 almonds, 1 T. raisins and 5 dark chocolate chips.  The combination of these 3 items equals 100 calories.
Having a few bags of these prepped and ready to go is perfect for when you are running out of the house or when your kids are asking for a snack for the 14th time that day {wait...or is that just me?}

My kids LOVE fruit.  To the point of where they'll eat so much of it, it makes them sick.  Not a bad problem to have I guess, but this dip at least changes it up a bit.
Only 4 ingredients people!  Combine 8 oz. of Greek yogurt {plain or vanilla}, 1 T. any nut butter {peanut, sunflower, almond, etc.}, 1 t. honey and a dash of cinnamon.  Give it a stir and that's it!  What's even better, is that if you buy the yogurt in individual containers, it can all be mixed right in that container.  Perfect for storage.
So what do you think of these snack ideas?
Before I leave....let's announce the winner of The Cherry on Top Boutique Giveaway!
Thanks to all who entered and love supporting small businesses.  The winner is....
Jana Smith-Seals!
Ah....my heart just lept when I saw she won!  My husband and I met her and her husband on our honeymoon's almost 7 years ago in Mexico.  We got married on the same day, her in Michigan and us here in Iowa.  We clicked the minute we started hanging out.  They even came to visit us here for a long weekend two years ago.  It is our goal to get to their house next.
Love ya Jana!  Cute little Zoe, will be getting a package soon!  

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  1. I love your outfit!! Wow, this has been a busy week for you! Love the 100 calorie packs - almonds are my weakness, I can eat a couple dozen without even realizing it!

  2. Steph@ Been There Baked ThatJanuary 31, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Good ideas! My kids are the same way with fruit, some weeks I don't think I can afford their fruit addiction :)

  3. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsJanuary 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Thanks Biz! I rarely go shopping, so my outfits are always hit and miss!

  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)January 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Three beautiful ladies! I need to start taking snacks to work ... I am ravenous by mid-morning and then again by mid-afternoon.

  5. I'm trying the yogurt dip on my kids! What kind of nut butter do you like to use with it?

  6. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsFebruary 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    We use either peanut or almond butter, but I think any would work!

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