Sneaky nutrition the kids will love
1. Chia Pudding
Ch-Ch-Chia! If you're not already using chia seeds in your everyday cooking, you're missing out. Sometimes I just add it to water and the kids FLIP for the fun, gooey, texture it produces. These little powerhouse seeds pack a healthy punch of omega-3s and fiber, to keep your kiddos feeling full and feed those growing bodies. If you add your favorite nut milk and soak overnight, you've got yourself a super healthy, super easy, super portable pudding snack the whole family can enjoy. Top it off with fresh or dried fruit, some nut butter, yogurt, and granola for a superfood parfait.
2. (Elevated) Ants on a log
Snack as old as time... this classic is a favorite quick, packable snack of ours. Spruce up this old classic with some new twists. Fill your celery boat with cream cheese, greek yogurt, almond butter, sunflower butter, goat cheese, chia pudding, tahini... get creative! Your topping can go far beyond the raisin too. Think: goji berries, carob chips, your favorite dry fruit (chopped into smaller bits if necessary), chia seeds, or even slices of fresh fruit if you're going to be eating right away!
3. Oodles and oodles of zoodles (and other faux-noodles)
We highly encourage the purchase of super affordable (you can find as low as $5) spiralizer. This magical tool turns zucchinis, carrots, squash, jicama, sweet potato, cucumber, parsnip... seriously the possibilities are endless. We do suggest starting with zucchini for best results. Some kids love their silly shape all by themselves, some love a little marinara on top for a healthier "spaghetti'–experiment with their favorite flavors to make them into veggie lovers in no time.
4. Nice Cream
Yes, you read that right. If you're not on the nice cream train, hop on because you and your kids are going to love it. You'll need a high power blender or a food processor for this one, but the prep is simple. Freeze some bananas (we find shredding pre-freeze works best), coconut meat, apples, berries, zucchini, cooked cauliflower... you name it. Again, we do recommend starting out with banana and then experimenting with textures from there. You'll add a splash of liquid– again feel free to get creative with different nut milks, regular milk, juice, water...we do like almond milk best for a nutty, light feel. Once you get the texture you like, start playing with add-ins. Superfood spirulina powder will give you a fun, cotton-candy blue. Activated charcoal will give you a spooky, Halloween themed grey/black (be careful on this, a little goes A LONG way). Once you pour your nice cream into the bowl, you're once again free to get creative with toppings. Dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate or carob chips, nut butter, chia seeds, granola... you could even set up your own little toppings bar for a fun, healthy dessert activity.