Snackin’ Good!

 

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This week’s blog comes to us from Hailey C., 5th grade, Beattie Elementary School. Hailey likes many of the great snack ideas Teach a Kid to Fish has on its Pinterest pages: http://www.pinterest.com/teachakidtofish/snack-ideas/

I think that 4th and 5th graders should have healthy snacks during the afternoon because kids can get hungry during school. They can’t ask for food.  Teachers could ask their students if they are hungry and teachers can provide snacks.  For a fun and creative snack, Strawberry Frozen Yogurt and Sticky Stacky.  

This is the recipe for Strawberry Frozen Yogurt.

Ingredients:
1 pound strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Directions:
1. Place the sliced strawberries in large bowl with the sugar. Stir until sugar begins to dissolve. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
2. Place the strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt and fresh lemon juice. Pulse until strawberries are smooth.
3. Chill mixture for at least 1 hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

This is the recipe for Sticky Stacky.

The kids love it when we make the same old boring sandwiches, with a new presentation!  Skewering your sandwich ingredients is fast, fun, and for kids who normally don’t eat tomatoes on their sandwiches, they just might when it’s on a stick!

We’ve got some
Whole Wheat bread
Cheese (cut with cookie cutters)
Lettuce
Tomato
Turkey
More cheese
and another piece of whole wheat bread.

You can get creative and stack any type of sandwiches this way.  The key to making a sandwich healthy for your little ones is to make sure
You are using 100% whole grain bread!

You include a protein (if using lunch meat, watch for sodium content, or cut your own from a home cooked turkey)
good proteins include peanut butter or other nut butters, meat, a bean spread like hummus, etc.)
Include fruits or vegetables!

Vegetables are a great combo with any bean spread or lunch meat. Fruit is great to slice on nut butters.
Stick your finished Sticky Stacky Sandwiches in Styrofoam, put in a flower pot, and use as a centerpiece. Your kids will have fun pulling one out for their mid day meal!

Some kids have to finish school, go straight home, and then get a snack before they do their  homework.  That is my opinion about healthy snacks.

 

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