Thursday, November 1, 2012

yummy snacks


Snacks for kids do NOT have to be pre-packaged, fake, convenience foods.
Trust me. Truuuuuuust me, I know what it's like to have too much on your plate, going non-stop, being needed by everyone and everything and there is such a huge pull and temptation to just do that quick-and-easy convenience food. Open up a package and hand it back to your screaming kids in the car.

I am far from perfect. We do Chik-fil-a in a pinch. In a very VERY rare occasion we'll have to give Ruby a Clif bar.
But in general, I know that all it takes is some planning ahead on my part, to create delicious, real food snacks for my children and myself.

SWEET POTATO CHUNKS
So, so easy.
Cut up a sweet potato in chunks, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, toss to coat, spread on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 375 for about 15 mins. give or take.

It's finger food. It's sweet and salty. It's so nutritious. Win, win, win.

"CHEESY" GARLIC KALE CHIPS
large bunch of kale. drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, garlic powder and lots of nutritional yeast. toss and coat with clean hands:)
spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven at 375 for about 10 mins.
Light, crunchy, salty, super flavorful and super nutritious.



 When you include your kids in the prep process of healthy snacks, they are even more excited about eating them. "Do you want some of the kale that YOU made? Ruby, you made these! They're so good, thank you babe!"



Other Kiehn go-to snacks are:
baggies of raw nuts and raisins. So filling. SO EASY.
fruit cut up.
homemade hummus and carrots and celery.

Here's a favorite super easy (are you seeing a trend here? these days I choose easy) family favorite meal:

PESTO PASTA SALAD
1 bag of brown rice pasta (gluten free section at Walmart)
1 jar of pesto sauce (this is bad-it has soybean oil in it. vomit. BUT if you are in a pinch and haven't made your own pesto sauce, then this will just have to do. just curse that soybean oil before you swallow it!)
1/2 bag (or more) of frozen corn
package of cherry tomatoes, cut up
can of black olives, cut up
1-2 zuchinnis, cut up
1 pkg of portabella mushrooms, sliced/cut up


1. cook noodles according to package. Toward the end, add the frozen corn.
2. dump all the ingredients into the pot and mix all together.

Plan ahead. Think outside the box. Find encouraging websites.
NO JUNK FOOD!
nothing is more valuable than you and your family's heath.


1 comment:

Jenny Galloway said...

Thank you for sharing these snack recipes, Jessica! I'm going to definitely try these. Ruby is looking so grown up. Her face has totally changed and matured. What a doll! That Nor Nor gabore is the cutest little chunk too!! Love to the Kiehns!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

yummy snacks


Snacks for kids do NOT have to be pre-packaged, fake, convenience foods.
Trust me. Truuuuuuust me, I know what it's like to have too much on your plate, going non-stop, being needed by everyone and everything and there is such a huge pull and temptation to just do that quick-and-easy convenience food. Open up a package and hand it back to your screaming kids in the car.

I am far from perfect. We do Chik-fil-a in a pinch. In a very VERY rare occasion we'll have to give Ruby a Clif bar.
But in general, I know that all it takes is some planning ahead on my part, to create delicious, real food snacks for my children and myself.

SWEET POTATO CHUNKS
So, so easy.
Cut up a sweet potato in chunks, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, toss to coat, spread on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 375 for about 15 mins. give or take.

It's finger food. It's sweet and salty. It's so nutritious. Win, win, win.

"CHEESY" GARLIC KALE CHIPS
large bunch of kale. drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, garlic powder and lots of nutritional yeast. toss and coat with clean hands:)
spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven at 375 for about 10 mins.
Light, crunchy, salty, super flavorful and super nutritious.



 When you include your kids in the prep process of healthy snacks, they are even more excited about eating them. "Do you want some of the kale that YOU made? Ruby, you made these! They're so good, thank you babe!"



Other Kiehn go-to snacks are:
baggies of raw nuts and raisins. So filling. SO EASY.
fruit cut up.
homemade hummus and carrots and celery.

Here's a favorite super easy (are you seeing a trend here? these days I choose easy) family favorite meal:

PESTO PASTA SALAD
1 bag of brown rice pasta (gluten free section at Walmart)
1 jar of pesto sauce (this is bad-it has soybean oil in it. vomit. BUT if you are in a pinch and haven't made your own pesto sauce, then this will just have to do. just curse that soybean oil before you swallow it!)
1/2 bag (or more) of frozen corn
package of cherry tomatoes, cut up
can of black olives, cut up
1-2 zuchinnis, cut up
1 pkg of portabella mushrooms, sliced/cut up


1. cook noodles according to package. Toward the end, add the frozen corn.
2. dump all the ingredients into the pot and mix all together.

Plan ahead. Think outside the box. Find encouraging websites.
NO JUNK FOOD!
nothing is more valuable than you and your family's heath.


1 comment:

Jenny Galloway said...

Thank you for sharing these snack recipes, Jessica! I'm going to definitely try these. Ruby is looking so grown up. Her face has totally changed and matured. What a doll! That Nor Nor gabore is the cutest little chunk too!! Love to the Kiehns!