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What are some examples of healthy snacks?
What do you do if your child is refusing to eat the snacks that you’ve made?
Truth be told, parenting isn’t always the easiest. If your child is blatantly refusing the snack items that you’re creating and making, it’s time to open up those lines of conversation and find out exactly what is going on. Maybe they don’t like the snack choices that you’re presenting them…or maybe, just maybe, they’re wanting to show some of their own independence and make their snacks themselves.
And guess what? That’s great news! If your child is showing that they want to step in and help in the kitchen, welcome them with open arms! There are so many tasks that they can do to help out with as long as you’re supervising and this can be a great way that they take an active interest in the food that they’re making as well.
If they don’t like the peanut butter and celery snack that you made them, give them the freedom to create it themselves. They’ll love that they’re “cooking” and you’ll love that they’re consuming!
Why are creating healthy snacks for children to eat so important?
Filling your child with good food and nutrients is actually an important foundation for their entire day. Good calories will keep them fuller longer, give them more energy and also help to teach them the importance of eating healthy food versus junk food. Lifelong eating habits tend to be developed more when people are younger, so give them strong nutritional value when they are little so that they continue that throughout their life.
– 4 pieces Wheat Bread
– 1-2 Bananas
– 4 Tbsp. Nutella
– 4 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
– 4-5 Strawberries
– Chocolate Chips
1. Toast the bread until golden brown.
2. Spread 2 slices of toast with the Nutella and the other 2 with peanut butter.
Spread it in a large circle in the center.
3. For the dog toast, slice the edges of the toast up to the top edge and pull apart slightly so they resemble long ears. Spread these ears with Nutella.
4. Slice bananas and strawberries.
5. For your animals, use the bananas for eyes, and the raisins and chocolate chips for the eyeballs.
6. I used the strawberries for the dog nose, cat ears, and bird feathers for an owl.
7. Use other berries and nuts if you would like.
8. Great fun and healthy after school snack!
Like I stated earlier, this snack is not only delicious, it’s fun! While you may be tempted to create and make this on your own, why not let your little ones give it a try as well!
You can use this recipe as a fun supplement cooking class in your homeschooling curriculum if you want to!
It will not only show them that eating healthy can be fun and tasty, but it also teaches them the importance of following the directions on a recipe. That way, they’ll learn that reading every step before moving onto the next one is key for creating delicious food.
Keep this healthy snack option as a fun idea for a sleepover or birthday party, too! Kids love to be creative with their hands and play with their food and with this toast recipe, they get to do both!
Don’t forget to print out your recipe for later!
- 3 lbs. pork tenderloin
- 1 cup homemade "faux" soy sauce ( I make my own in the instant pot. Just click the words for the recipe.)
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- salt and pepper if desired
Freezer Bag Instructions
1) Score the top of the tenderloin a few times. This will allow the meat to marinade better and release excess fat while cooking.
2) Place the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag.
3) Cover the tenderloin with the remaining ingredients.
4) Seal the freezer bag and remove any excess air. Shake up the bag so that the marinade is mixed. Write the cooking instructions on the bag then roll it in half and place the tenderloin in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Cooking Label: Honey Soy Tenderloin 75 Minutes or 1:15 (25 minutes per lb.)
NPR Cooking Directions from frozen:
1) Defrost the tenderloin enough to be able to remove it from the bag.
2) Place the tenderloin and all the marinade in the Instant Pot. Scored side up. Do not set it on a trivet or add any extra liquid. The marinade is enough liquid to bring it pressure as it defrosts.
3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the tenderloin on high pressure for 75 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes using the "Meat/Stew", "Manual", or "Pressure Cook" options. Let the pressure naturally release.
4) Check the internal temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees then remove the tenderloin. Set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. If the internal temperature hasn't reached 170 then let it cook for another 10 minutes.
5) While the tenderloin is resting, simmer the juice left in the Instant Pot on sauté mode to make a glaze. Let the juice simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Then spoon it over the tenderloin and serve.
Disclaimer: I have inputted all ingredients into a program. I am not a nutritionist or dietician. So I cannot be held responsible for the validity of these calculations. ~Laura