Thursday, August 16, 2012

Healthy, Fun Snack Ideas

Parent, baby & toddler summers are usually busy, busy, busy! Between summer strolls, a big sibling’s soccer game, water fun and simply enjoying family time in bright & awesome weather. Preparing for those long days of summer means we have our work cut out for us. Make your life a little easier with these fun and healthy snack ideas. They are perfect for busy and sassy families on the go.

Sassy Happy Trails Mix:

Our Sassy Happy Trails Mix is the perfect snack for your toddler to nibble on. It’s not about nuts (which are NOT safe for this age range) and granola - it’s creating a filling, healthy and safe snack you can MAKE TOGETHER and take on the go. Try whole grain cereal, SOFT granola, fruit that’s soft but dry such as raisins, and throw in a little bit of color splash (like a tablespoon of some colorful cereal puffs. Think about toddler safe foods that won’t melt in the sun!

Frozen Banana Pops

One Sassy Doctor’s favorite treat! This is a refreshing and healthy snack for a hot summer day. Simply cut a banana in half widthwise. Push a popsicle stick into the banana. Then comes the fun part - melt a half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe mug and add about a teaspoon of milk. DIP your banana (mom’s job!) into the mug and lay onto parchment paper. Let it cool a bit and then freeze! YUM!

Sassy Squeaky Mouse Pear
This may seem a little silly, but your kids will love it! First, cut a soft pear in half. Peel the skin. Place the flat side down. The small end will be the head of the mouse! Then, get creative! Push a small soft raisin in as the eyes, banana slices as ears- and a strawberry as the mouth. Have your little one do the arranging.

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As always, follow our food safety tips and make sure to accommodate any allergies or special needs your child may have!