Homemade Pretzels

Ingredients: Buy 1-2 cans biscuit dough(depending on number of people eating it)(found in the refrigerated section). Beaten egg yolk, coarse salt.

Procedure: Give each child two pieces of dough and have them shape it into a pretzel. They also could make it the shape of their inital. Brush with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake as directed on the package.

Before baking the pretzels, put parchment paper down on the baking sheet. You can write their names down by their creations so you know whose pretzel is whose.

If you want a sweeter version, spread melted butter on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake as directed on the package.

Yogurt and Orange Juice Popsicles

In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I share 15 almost healthy snacks for children.

Another favorite snack that I like to make, especially in the summer is a yogurt and orange juice popsicle. It remids me of the creamsicles I use to have when I was little.

Ingredients: frozen orange juice, vanilla yogurt

Procedure: Mix several tablespoons of frozen orange juice into the vanilla yogurt. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can put some in ┬ápaper cups and freeze( add popsicle sticks after about an hour).

This also taste great without freezing.

 

Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I share 15 almost healthy snacks for children.

One of my favorite snacks is to make the frozen yogurt sandwich. Not only do my grandchildren love it but also my husband.

To make them you need a carton of flavored yogurt(small or large, depending on how much you are making) or you can get vanilla or plain yogurt and add fresh fruit or frozen orange juice to it, and graham crackers or a healthier version of cookies.

I like to shop around for yogurt and graham crackers that have the least amount of sugar.

To make the frozen yogurt sandwiches have your child spread the yogurt on half of a cracker and then top it with the other half. Wrap in wax paper and freeze for several hours or overnight. You can also place the yogurt graham crackers on wax paper and place on a plate or tray and freeze. Once it is frozen you can put the yogurt sandwiches in a ziploc bag. When ready to eat, take out and enjoy!

What kind of yogurt do you like to use?

5 Almost Healthy Snacks for Children

I say these snacks are almost healthy because there is limited additional sugar added to the recipes. There are ingredients that do contain sugar but you can shop around and try and find a healthier version.

Let the children help make their own snack as much as possible. You may want to choose a day in the beginning of the week and make several snacks that would be available during the week.

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 107:1

Limit the amount of snack you give your child so they will be hungry for the next meal. My grandchildren are bottomless pits and could snack all day long if given the chance.

FRUIT JUICE PUNCH
Mix equal parts of orange, cranberry, and apple juice. Pineapple juice is also good mixed in.

NO-BAKE OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut/almond butter
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup dry milk
Put honey and peanut/almond butter in bowl and mix well. Slowly add dry milk and oatmeal. Stir and mix well. Make into small balls and refrigerate.

PITA ROLL UPS WITH CHEESE
Grate cheese and place on pita half. Melt in broiler or microwave oven. Have the children roll it up, then eat. For additional protein add warmed refried beans on the pita bread before adding the cheese. Flour tortillas can be used also.

FRUIT KEBOBS
Pieces of your favorite fresh fruit such as pineapple, melon, strawberries, apple, peach, or banana. You will also need orange or pineapple juice, wood skewers, and shredded coconut. Put a few pieces of fruit on a skewer. Dip in juice then roll in coconut.

FROZEN YOGURT SANDWICHES
You need a carton of flavored yogurt(it depends how much you are making) or you can get vanilla or plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit, and graham crackers or a healthier version of cookies. Have the children spread the yogurt on the cracker, wrap in wax paper and freeze for several hours or overnight. When ready to eat, take out and enjoy. The graham cracker will have softened and tastes like an “ice cream” sandwich.