Quick and Easy Recipes, Snacks, and Treats

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Looking for a quick and easy snack? These quick-and-easy recipes yield delicious bites, tasty treats, and scrumptious snacks that are sure to satisfy your appetite. Make sure to check out the Girl Scout cookie and wine parings, too!

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Healthy Snack Quiz

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Research shows the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise, and its effect on learning. In honor of National Eat Your Vegetables Day, June 17th,  BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) is sharing tips with parents to educate their kids about the importance of eating vegetables, as well as ways to make eating vegetables more exciting.

Below is a BOKS Bits Snack Quiz.  BOKS, Build Our Kids’ Success, an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation, is a free before-school physical activity program.  BOKS was founded on the principle Active Kids = Active Minds, and was created by a group of moms after reading Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark, which states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” The goal of the BOKS program is to enhance academic performance and the overall health of kids through physical activity. The program, run by moms, dads, P.E. teachers and all other types of volunteers in local communities, is simple to implement. BOKS is currently in close to 1,000 schools around the world.

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To discuss how to test if a snack is a super healthy one.

Discussion Questions

1. I am going to tell you a way to help you choose a super healthy snack.

2. Take your snack out of the package or the wrapper if it has one.

3. Go over to the kitchen sink and turn on the water, run your snack under the water!!!!!

4. Can you still eat it??

5. If yes, it is probably a super choice; if no, maybe you can make a different choice.

6. What are some things that would be ok to eat after you run under water? Fruits and vegetables, such as apples, grapes, strawberries, carrots and peppers, hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks, nuts (if no allergies) ….

7. What would not be ok to eat? Cookies, potato chips, donuts, Twinkies ….

8. Another test could be if the food you are eating gets stuck in your teeth, then it is not a good choice either. (This can be in response to lollipops or candy being ok to eat after running them under water.)

Homework Assignment

Think about this when you get home from school today and see if you can make a really super choice!

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Pretzel Crisps® Product Review

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Looking for a snack that has all the crunch of potato chips but not the fat and calories?  Check out Pretzel Crisps®!  Pretzel Crisps® are available at most grocery stores.  I was sent the Deli line to try with my family.  Let me just say they didn’t last very long in my house.  They were quickly gobbled up!  The Deli Line of Pretzel Crisps® include Sesame, Chipolte Cheddar, Everything, Garlic Parmesan, Original, Buffalo Wing, and Jalapeño Jack.  Pretzel Crisps® are made without any trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.  The exceptionally thin, flat-baked pretzel crackers have multiple uses in snacking.  Whether eaten straight out of the bag, paired with other foods like meat, cheese, fruit and veggies or “skinny” dipped in your favorite low fat dip or spread.
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What’s great about Pretzel Crisps® is they are a snack that I can feel good about my family eating.  They have less calories than other snack chips and little to no fat.  Pretzel Crisps® are also versatile and can be eaten with so many other things.  I like to use them like a cracker and top them with my favorite cheeses.  You can also top them with your favorite dips, spreads, salsas, hummus, and pretty much anything else you can think of.  They are crispy and won’t get soggy with dips on top.  Their website even has tons of “recipe” ideas.  Try them with salsa, hummus, chili, cheese, peanut butter and all your favorite dips, or for an off-beat sweet treat, dip ‘em in chocolate, ice cream or yogurt. The “just right” baked flavor is also a healthy crunch all by itself.  I like to top the Original or Garlic Parmesan  flavors with diced tomatoes, basil, and shredded Parmesan cheese.  The Everything flavor is good with a little cream cheese on top.  And my favorite “recipe” when I am craving Buffalo Wings is the Buffalo Wing flavor dipped in blue cheese dressing.  YUM!
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My girls like the Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, and Original flavors while my husband prefers the “BOLD” flavors-  Chipolte Cheddar, Buffalo Wing, and Jalapeño Jack. I will say that the BOLD flavors aren’t that spicy so you don’t have to worry about that.  I think they have the perfect amount heat and kick but my father and husband who love spicy foods said they wished they were a little hotter.  Either way we all love Pretzel Crisps® and buy them all the time when we grocery shop now.  And for those that love sweets, they also have sweet varieties that are yummy, too.

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Deli-Style GARLIC PARMESAN PRETZEL CRISPS® are a zingy twist on an old favorite, with great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients. The best part of the pretzel – that satisfying flavor and crunch – is crispy thin and baked with a light, savory garlic flavor for big flavor in a light, crispy snack.

Perfectly salted ORIGINAL PRETZEL CRISPS® give you that satisfying, hearty crunch in a versatile shape that’s dippable, spreadable, and deliciously snackable. With great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients, it’s the perfect snack anytime!

Our SESAME flavor is lightly toasted to bring out the sesame seed’s essential oils, adding a healthy kick to Pretzel Crisps®’ delicious crunch. Sesame seeds are naturally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, E and a good source of lignans (phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties). Health qualities aside, one bite, and you’ll be saying “Open Sesame,” again and again!

Our EVERYTHING flavor, sprinkled generously with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and garlic with just a pinch of salt, more than lives up to its name. Packed with flavor, baked, not fried. EVERYTHING PRETZEL CRISPS® deliver great taste without the guilt.

Our BOLD & SPICY JALAPEÑO JACK is an exciting new addition to our family lineup.  Spicy jalapeño combined with smooth jack cheese flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try JALAPEÑO JACK with pico de gallo, salsa or guacamole.

Our BUFFALO WING flavor is a crowd pleaser! Everyone loves the spicy flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try BUFFALO WING with ranch dip, blue cheese dressing, cheddar or cream cheese spreads, and as a zesty partner for celery sticks.

Our BOLD & SPICY CHIPOTLE CHEDDAR flavor is an exciting new addition to our flavor lineup.  A spicy kick from Chipotle, combined with a sharp cheddar flavor on top of each crisp brings you a satisfying bold taste.  Try Chipotle Cheddar with avocado slices and cherry tomatoes, or with a dollop of guacamole.

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Nature Box Product Review

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nature boxIt’s back to school time which means back to making lunches for my girls to bring with them.  I am always looking for healthy snacks to add to my girls’ lunches or for them to munch on after school.  I was introduced to NatureBox last month and was sent one of their monthly shipments to try out some of their snacks.  Each much Nature Box ships subscribers 4-6 full size snacks to try (15 to 20 servings).  We received Cocoa Waffle Wafers, Santa Fe Corn Stix, Sweet Blueberry Almonds, Teriyaki Twists, and Cherry Berry Bonanza.

Cocoa Waffle Wafers- My husband liked these the best.  They were crispy and chocolaty but a little dry for my taste.  I think they would be better dunked in milk or coffee.

Santa Fe Corn Stix- These corn sticks were AMAZING!!!  All of us loved these crunchy, tangy sticks that were similar to corn chips but much tastier and sweeter.  I wish we could buy these all the time!

Sweet Blueberry Almonds- These almonds are surrounded in a delicious blueberry powder and were quite addictive.  I couldn’t stop eating them.  They were so good!

Teriyaki Twists- These teriyaki flavored rice crackers are crunchy with a savory teriyaki taste.  My children thought they were just ok but my husband and I liked them.

Cherry Berry Bonanza- This was a yummy blend of dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries and a great way to get my kids to eat a little more fruit.

Nature Box sends 4-6 full-sized packages with healthy snacks that taste great.  Each month subscribers receive different snacks to try.  Satisfaction is guaranteed and you can cancel at any time.  I love that my girls get excited to try the new snacks.  It breaks us out of our snack rut and we all get to try new things.  You know it’s good when I didn’t even get a chance to take pictures of the snacks before they were devoured.  For only $19.95 per month you can receive healthy snacks delivered to your door, too.
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All Natural IPS (Intelligent Protein Snacks) Product Review

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Looking for a crunchy snack full of protein?  Check out ips, The Original Egg White Chips™(rhymes with chips).  ips stands for Intelligent Protein Snacks.  Each serving contains 7 grams of protein- that’s the equivalent of 2 egg whites.  They are made from egg whites and corn that are pressure puffed, not fried.  I love that ips are all natural and come in 4 flavors- barbecue, aged white cheddar, sea salt & black pepper, and cinnamon sugar.  I usually crave salty, crunchy snacks and my hubby likes sweet snacks so there are ips flavors for each of us to love.  My favorite is barbecue.  It is sweet with just the right amount of tangy goodness.  The ages white cheddar is a great cure for when I am craving puffed cheese curls, etc. and they are so much lighter with less fat and calories.  Then I want a snack with a little kick, I have the sea salt and black pepper ips.  My husband’s favorite flavor is cinnamon sugar.  I love them, too, but my favorite way to eat the cinnamon sugar ips is crushed up on top of ice cream.  YUM!!!

Using their patent-pending Pressure-Puff process, they’ve created a chip that is so incredibly light, crispy, and delicious, you won’t believe you’re getting healthy egg white protein in every bite.  They have half the fat of leading fried potato chips and fewer carbs than leading baked potato chips.  I love that I am getting extra protein into my girls and they just think I am giving them a delicious snack in their lunches.

Want to get your own ips?  If you live in the Southern California area check out the store finder on their website to find a store near you.   Not in So Cal?  They also sell online through their website and Amazon.

“The idea for ips first hatched when I was making breakfast for my kids. I’m always looking for healthier foods to feed them and they loved the crispy edges of the eggs I cooked. So I decided to turn that crunchy egg white goodness into a treat the world could enjoy.”

– Sean Olson, Founder

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