Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Simple Snacks Kids Can Make

When your kids come home from school, chances are they are going to have an appetite before the arrival of dinner. But what can be easily prepared when they’re by themselves? While you are at work, here are 5 simple treats that your child can easily make! Trust us, with these delicious recipes, they will want to time and time again.

Chocolate-dipped fruit
  • All it takes is two simple ingredients: fruit + one bar of The Chip Shoppe’s ‘One Dollar Chocolate Bars.’ 
  • Cut up apples, oranges, bananas, or strawberries ahead of time for your child (or if they are old enough, allow them to cut it themselves) and store the fruit in the refrigerator. 
  • When your child comes home, the only thing that is left to do is melt the chocolate bar in the microwave. Every microwave is different, but we suggest breaking up the chocolate bar into bite-size pieces, and starting the microwave out at 1 minute cooking time. 
  • If you want to get really creative, we recommend freezing the fruit. Bananas are especially fun to eat and the cold fruit with the warm, melted chocolate makes for a great combination. 

English muffin Pizzas

  • These are a great easy snack that will surely fill your child up until dinner. Start out with 1 English muffin and put it in the toaster until it is golden brown. This will create the crust-like texture of an actual pizza. 
  • Once it is toasted, place the English muffin on a microwave-safe plate. Have your child add one spoonful of pizza/marinara sauce onto the muffin and spread it across like jam. 
  • Sprinkle on a handful of pre-shredded cheese, and microwave for 30 seconds on high. 
  • If your child is not a picky eater, suggest topics like olives, peppers, or pineapple to add some produce to the mix! 

Chip Shoppe Soup + Cheese Roll-Ups

  • The Chip Shoppe offer 3 lb bags that are already made to “heat and eat!” Introduce your child to the heating instructions specific to the type of soup you purchased, and show them how to make the appropriate serving size. 
  • While the soup is being heated up, it is time for the making of the cheese roll-up! Place a wheat tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle pre-shredded cheddar cheese over the tortilla. When the soup is done in the microwave, replace it with the plate of the cheese roll-up and microwave for 45 seconds on high. 
  • Have your child wait at least 30 seconds before attempting to roll up the tortilla. After this is done, let the dipping of the tortilla into the soup commence! 

Trail Mix Popcorn
  • On a free day, have you and your child make trail mix. You may stick with the classics (chocolate chips, raisins, peanuts, and m&m’s), or get creative with pistachios, sunflower seeds, peanut-butter chips, or even marshmallows! Fill the mix in sandwich bags that can be used throughout the week. 
  • Microwave the popcorn using the standard directions on the bag. Once it is safe to open the bag, have your child mix the popcorn and one of the sandwich bags of trail mix together in a large salad bowl. Easy two step process for a salty and sweet treat! 

Turkey Roll-Ups 
  • Another quick two ingredient snack that is guaranteed to satisfy! Have your child wrap a string cheese around a piece or two of deli turkey meat. To make sure it stays, place a toothpick in the middle. If you are worried of having your child use a toothpick, refrain and just tell them to wrap it tight and hold it with their hands

With these five simple snack ideas, you should ever hear... "mom, dad I am hungry! What can I eat!?"

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