Course: Snack

Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread

My kids and hubby are crazy picky! None of them are breakfast eaters but as they’ve aged and matured have realized that they need something in the morning. Mostly breakfast entails cold cereal if they’ve left enough time (they are teenagers after all) or a quick grab and go protein shake. I’ve learned that one way to make sure they eat more is to have things on hand that they can grab and go. You will almost always find a fresh baked from scratch item on my counter for my picky eaters. This way I know what is going into their bodies, can sneak in what I want and they will always eat something. This banana bread is moist, healthy and down right yummy!

Honey Nut Power Bars

honey nut bars

While there are great bars out on the market these days, I always like the idea of making my own as I know what is in them and can add different ingredients to my taste. These bars are by far one of my favorite snacks and can be altered based on what I have on hand. I often call them my “everything bar” because they have everything in them. However, I have to watch myself because they are so tasty I want to keep eating them. Just because they are healthy, doesn’t mean they are low calorie. They are perfect for kids and teens because they pack into lunches well and make a great after school or anytime snack.

Cracker Chicken Strips

cracker chicken strips
If you have kids like me, you've seen your share of chicken strips. My kids are teenagers and still like a good chicken strip from time to time. The problem is, more often than not, they are packed with crap! In fact, there is only one brand "Rocky Range" chicken, sold at Costco that I feel okay about giving my kids these days. It is sustainable, organic, antibiotic free and so on - love it! However, when I have time, I prefer to make my own. One of my youngest boys favorite meals I prepare for him is my own homemade Chicken strips made with Cracker crumbs. They are a healthy, kid friendly alternative to store bought chicken strips. My son loves them because they are crunchy, I love them because I made them and know what is in them. Can you say "win, win?!"