Our kids need a lot of help fueling their growing bodies. The CDC recommends that kids ages 2 and up get plenty of the following:
As a mom, I know how difficult it can be to get your kids to eat what’s best for them — especially when there are so many empty calories — sodas, chips, packaged cookies and more — competing for their attention. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for healthy after-school snacks for kids. Give them a look and try them for yourself.
What kid doesn’t love some pizza after a day of school? But that doesn’t mean you need to call a fast-food pizza joint for a grease-covered pie: You can satisfy your kids’ cravings with something just as satisfying and much better for their growing bodies. All you need is the following:
Heat oven to 425º F. Chop up the green onions and bacon.
On your precooked cauliflower pizza crust, spread BBQ and red chili salsa all over for the base. Then add the mango pineapple salsa on top and spread it all over the crust. Finally, add a layer of cheese and garnish it with the green onions and bacon.
Bake for 15 minutes and serve with your choice of cheese or salsa for dipping.
No, you don’t need to jump in your car and drive all the way to Burger King for wowcamole — you can make it at home! (And besides, making a fast-food run would kind of defeat the purpose of this article.) And it makes the perfect addition to a healthy after-school bean dip, making sure your kids get all the protein and veggies they need in a fun, delicious package!
Prepare the following ingredients:
To make the wowcamole, cut two avocados in half and place them in a medium-sized bowl. Cream the avocados with a fork, then add two tablespoons of creamy jalapeno salsa. Next, drain the liquid from the pico de gallo salsa container and add the veggies to the avocado mixture. Add salt and stir.
To make the bean dip, bring water to a boil and add a pack of dehydrated refried beans and a pack of dehydrated fat-free refried beans. Cook until desired consistency. Once the beans are cooked, place them in a thick layer in a 9-inch-by-13-inch glass pan. Then layer small amounts of red chili salsa, creamy jalapeno salsa, wowcamole, cheese, pico de gallo salsa, cheese, cilantro and queso chipotle salsa. Serve with chips and enjoy!
This final recipe comes from Home Chef and is the perfect companion to either of the previous recipes. It’s also perfect for sharing, as it yields two glasses and is easy to double. It’s protein, it’s fruit — it’s delicious!
Besides a blender, you’ll only need a few ingredients:
Place all ingredients — except for the ice, water and half the honey — in the blender and blend for one minute. Add ice and water and blend for one minute. Taste and add the remaining honey if you like.
When your kids come rushing in through the front door, hungry and tired after a long day of math and P.E., give them something to fill their bellies and nourish their bodies. Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think!
SalsaQueen is a salsa connoisseur based in Salt Lake City.
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