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Kids want fast and easy, you want smart and nutritious. Everybody in the jungle can be happy with these smart zoo animal after school snacks.
Try this kid friendly recipe in the kitchen with your kids. It looks and tastes like desert but you’ll see that it’s actually a whole grain and fruit smart treat. These easy fruit pocket pies start with soft whole grain bread and are fill with apples or peaches and berries can be added as well.
To create the fruit filling, peel, core and slice peaches or apples and cover with a half cup of water in a quart sauce pan. Simmer covered for around 20 minutes until tender. You can also cheat and simmer the apples or peaches in a slow cooker barely covered with water for an hour or more. Either way, strain liquid and mash with a potato masher. Now you have your fruit filling for the easy fruit pocket pies.
Four lbs. of fruit will make approximately 4 cups of fruit filling and each using about 6 tablespoons of filling.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons of sugar
12 slices of whole wheat bread
¼ cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon fruit filling onto the centers of 6 slices of bread.
Top with second slices of bread and mash the edges with a fork.
Crust can be cut off of the edges.
Lightly brush each side of the pocket with oil.
Place pies on an ungreased baking sheet.
Sprinkle tops with cinnamon.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly toasted and cool for 30 minutes.
Work and play together as a family.
While the easy fruit pocket pies are cooking make sure the kids help wash and clean up the kitchen. While the pies cool enjoy a game of cards or board game.
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Kids really dig DIY snow cones.
Snow cone stands pop us across the country every summer but this sugary, sweet syrup isn’t the healthiest choice. Kids can make their own snow cones by crushing ice in a blender and adding fruit juice or sports drinks for flavor and color. Serve homemade snow cones in a fancy cup for sipping or with a teaspoon for digging in.
One yogurt plus one stick in the freezer equals a too cool treat.
Frozen yogurt dozen just have to come in a cone. We love to freeze individual yogurt and make yogurt pops. Simply make a slit in the top of a yogurt container and insert a craft stick. After about half an hour in the freezer, gently massage the container until the frozen yogurt separates. Remove the top and pull out a cool and refreshing homemade yogurt pop.
Fruit kabobs are the trick to a smart snack on a stick.
Any fruits you would add to a fruit salad are perfect for a frozen fruit kabob. Chunks of pineapple, grapes, strawberries, slices of kiwi can all be added to a wooden skewer kabob style. Place the fruit kabobs in a freezer bag and freeze for up to an hour. Kids love munching on this naturally sweet treat to beat the heat.
Get mellow with individual cups of Jell-O.
Sugar free Jell-O is made with water and it’s a fun way to stay hydrated. Have kids follow the recipe for Jell-O and then pour into individual cups. Kids can even add non-citrus fruits for mini gelatin salad. Place the cups and in the refrigerator according to directions for a sugar-free snack that is colorful and cool.
Everybody stops for homemade juice pops.
From dollar stores to grocery stores you can find sets of homemade popsicle makers. Use your favorite fruit juices or sports drinks for DIY popsicles. Most will freeze in about an hour. Submerge below the tops in warm water to help release the pops and kids can enjoy a refreshing homemade frozen treat.
Summer Time Cheese and Crackers Snack
Purchase sliced cheeses, swiss, mozzarella, American, Cheddar, pepper jack as well as lunch meats and pepperoni slices. Pull out your Wheat Thins, Ritz or Trisquits, and layer meat and cheese on crackers. To add fun, place wax paper on counter, put cheese slices out and have them cut the cut with small sized cookie cutters in a variety of shapes and designs. You can also add spaghetti sauce to create pizzas, or simply melt for a few seconds in the toaster oven. Yummy!
Summer Time Star Shaped Fruit Snacks
Peel soft melon (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew) and then lay slices out on waxed paper. Allow children to use different star shaped cookie cutters to cut out stars for snacks. Eat some as you create, and save some for later. You can also arrange on a tray for your 4th of July BBQ.
Summer Time Sharks in the Water Snack
Make Berry Blue Jello gelatin according to package instructions for adding fruit to it in a clear plastic or glass bowl. You can also use clear plastic small cups like the Dixie cup size for individual servings. Add Shark shaped fruit snacks (I use the Kroger brand) and jell. When finished it looks like sharks swimming in the water.
Summer Time Homemade Banana Ice Cream Snack
Cut three ripe bananas into large chunks. bath together the bananas, 12 marshmallows, and 1 tablespoon sugar at high speed — go ahead let the children cut the bananas with plastic knives and they will love to push the buttons on the blender. In another bowl beat one cup of whipping cream until it foams. Fold the whipping cream into the banana mixture and pour into a round cake pan. Cover with foil and freeze.