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Snowmen On A Stick! Great School Party Project!

During the holiday season, kids love to help with all the cooking and baking. While holiday treats are usually not very healthy, there are some easy, fun recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone!! Also, a great activity for a holiday party both in or out of school!

This recipe is sure to become one of your kids’ favorite holiday activity/treat.

Snowman On A Stick

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Carrot
  • Apple
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Pretzel sticks

Instructions:

  1. You will need three thick slices of bananas, a grape, a sliver of a carrot and a triangular piece of apple for each snowman. (Tip: Use the bamboo skewer to poke a hole in the apple, so it will be easier to assemble.)
  2. Let your kids slide the fruit onto the skewer. Then use the carrot slivers for the noses, the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, and use the pretzel sticks for the arms.

This is a great activity for your kids and all their friends during the holidays to make a fun, healthy treat!

http://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/blog/2011/12/16/healthy-holiday-recipe-for-kids/

Salt Dough Activity

 

Salt Dough Ornaments

As this Holiday Season is upon us, I know I am always looking for activities to do with my children.

Whether it  is enjoying the winter weather outside or making holiday treats in the kitchen, I like to try to come up with some non-food related activities!!

I found a number of Salt-Dough recipes and ideas on the internet!  NOT FOR EATING but for decorating, these are a fun, easy, hands on kitchen activity you can do with children of all ages!

 

How to make salt dough:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Up to 1 1/2 cup of warm water (add gradually)
  • Straw or toothpick to make hole for hanging
  • Yarn, ribbon or string

 

Method:

Combine the salt and flour then pour in the water gradually, stopping when it has become dough-like and not too sticky. There should be no residue left on your fingers when you touch it. Knead it on a floured surface for a few minutes to make it soft, workable and stretchy, like you would with any dough.

You may add color to the dough by mixing food coloring into the water before adding it to the flour/salt mix.

Choose a range of cookie cutter shapes and simply cut straight from the dough.  Poke a straw through the centre, near the top, of each shape so that a ribbon can be threaded through later.

Lay them on some greaseproof or baking paper and on a baking tray. Cook them on a VERY low heat (250 degrees F) for up to 3 hours. If the shapes are over 1cm thick then they will probably need to be turned over during cooking.

It is VERY important not to have the oven on too high. This will cause the salt dough to bubble up and fill with air, as essentially it is being cooked. What you are really aiming for is to dry them out thoroughly, over a slow period of time.

Let the “ornaments” cool completely. Then paint using acrylic paints and decorate them as you like. Makes about 2 dozen pieces, but please do not eat them! These are for decorative purposes only.

To see more info on salt dough click here.

 

 

 

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Brownie & Oat Bars! Delicious!!!

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Brownie & Oat Bars are moist and chewy bars baked with whole grain rolled oats and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Each bar has 5 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 120 calories. The 7.4 ounce box contains 6 – 1.2 ounce chocolate chip brownie & oat bars.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 120 | Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 95mg | Carbohydrate: 24g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Protein: 3g

I recommend Trader Joe’s products often to my patients. They offer lots of great products with all natural ingredients. However, it’s always important to read the labels before purchasing. The other great thing about Trader Joe’s is that their food is affordable!!

It’s frustrating that very often there isn’t a Trader Joe’s near by.  I was very happy to discover that Amazon sells Trader Joe products on line. You can click on our Healthy Market Place tab to go straight to Amazon to see what other products are available too!

My kids love these brownie bars!

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