Healthy snacks!!

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am worried my son is not getting all the nutrients he needs. He eats most fruits but is very picky when it comes to veggies and meat. Whats the trick?

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Sunny - posted on 07/11/2010

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As for meat, if that is too difficult, perhaps try replacing it with other proteins such as lentils, beans, egg yolk, chickpeas. These can also be cooked and blended then added to sauces. Would he eat chicken nuggets and the like? You could bake some chicken pieces coated in a crispy batter then bake them instead of deep frying, mince meat is good as it can be hidden in many things.

Sunny - posted on 07/11/2010

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I would steam different veggies and blend them into sauces eg pasta sauce. Make soups, like pumpkin soup and blend spinach, cooked lentils etc into it. Make healthy muffins and add grated zucchini and carrot. Don't forget wholegrains, they are very healthy too (brown rice, oats, quinoa etc) you can use wholegrains in snacks too such as muffins and slices. Maybe he will try veggies presented in a different way such as putting different veggies on a skewer and then make a dipping sauce eg. tzatziki or hommous. Or make a smiley face with the veggies together and then eat it together.

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Soya milk is a great source of protien.My 6 years loves veggeis and fruit but lacks meats so my dietition suggested Soya milk and my son loves it icomes in different flavours. Good Luck!

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Granola Munch

3 cups granola cereal
3 ounces chow mein noodles
1 cup salted peanuts

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried banana chips
1/4 cup dried mango bits
1/2 cup dried apple chips, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine granola cereal, chow mein noodles, and peanuts; stir well. Spread mixture evenly in a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jellyroll pan; pour butter or margarine over granola mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool.

Stir in raisins, banana chips, mango bits, apple chips, and chocolate chips. Store mixture in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Yields about 15 servings.

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Monkey Mix
1 cup banana chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
3 cup Cheerios

Mix all ingredients in a gallon sized plastic bag. Shake well.

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Banana-Raisin Muffins
Ingredients
• 1 cup (250 mL) mashed ripe bananas
• 2/3 cups (150mL) milk
• 3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil
• 1 Egg
• 2 cups (500 mL) Cheerios® cereal, finely crushed
• 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) all purpose or whole wheat flour
• 3/4 cup (175 mL) raisins
• 1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar
• 2 ½ tsp (12 mL) baking powder
Directions
Heat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Spray bottoms of 12 regular size muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Combine bananas, milk, oil and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients until just moistened.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 15 – 18 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 12 muffins.

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Golden Wheat Snack Mix
Ingredients
• 3 cups (750 mL) Cheerios® cereal
• 3 cups (750 mL) Honey Nut Chex* cereal
• 1 cup (250 mL) pretzel twists or sticks
• ½ cup (125 mL) peanut butter
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter or margarine
• 1 cup (250 mL) each raisins and dry roasted peanuts
Directions
Heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
Stir together cereals and pretzels in large bowl; set aside. Melt peanut butter and butter in microwave on Medium, 1 minute 30 seconds, or until melted. Stir after 1 minute. Pour over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
Spread mixture in ungreased 9x13 inch (23x33 cm) pan. Bake 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins and peanuts. Spread on paper towels; cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Makes 9½ cups (2.375 mL)

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Banana Chip Bars
Makes: 20 bars
Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
1/4 cup (60 mL) margarine, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
1 cup (250 mL) mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup (125 mL) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/3 cup (75 mL) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions
Mix flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Beat margarine until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Beat in banana and SPLENDA® Granulated for 1 minute. Add flour mixture; beat until well blended. Stir in chips.
Spread evenly in greased 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Bake at 350F (180C) for 25 to 30 minutes or until tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool. Cut in bars.
Optional: Sprinkle with additional rolled oats before baking, if desired.

Nutritional Information
per serving
Energy: 82 Cal
Protein: 1.5 g
Fat: 3.7 g
Carbohydrates: 11.2 g

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