Kid Friendly Snack Options Featuring Peanut Butter

I am probably the worst example for my daughter when it comes to snacks.  I crave sweets, I don’t believe I have a sweet tooth; I have a mouth full of sweet teeth.  I am trying to get better for my own sake but also; I am trying to provide her with healthy snacks while also satisfying my sweet tooth (or teeth). I have experimented with several recipes and have fallen in love with so many different ones. Here are a few of my favorite healthy snack recipes using peanut butter!

Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A few drops of sesame oil
  • Water to smooth
  • Carrot sticks

Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).

Source: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/healthy-kids-snacks?pnid=104880

Cored sliced apples with peanut butter, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips

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You will need

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 Tbsp. peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter or chocolate soy nut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. granola
  • Choice of nuts
  • Chocolate Chips

Wash and core apples.

Slice crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

Spread nut butter over apple slices.

Sprinkle granola, nuts and chocolate chips over top.

Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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What you need:

  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.

*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!

Source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/two-ingredient-banana-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

Peanut Butter Balls

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What you need

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mold the mixture into small balls (like a large marble), and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Source: http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/healthy-kids-snack/

Chocolate Covered PB Banana Bites

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What you need

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/8 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Sea salt

Peel bananas and slice into 1/4′ pieces.

Mix the peanut butter and the applesauce in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on top of each banana slice.

Place bananas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

During the last 5 minutes of freeze time, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until chocolate melts.

Remove bananas from freezer and dip 1/2 of each banana piece in the chocolate. Sprinkle sea salt on the chocolate tops.

Place bananas back on parchment paper tray and put back in the freezer.

They will be ready to eat in 15 minutes. Store in a ziplock bag.

Source: http://www.skinnymom.com/2013/10/06/chocolate-covered-peanut-butter-banana-bites/

Test of Motherhood: My Attempt as a “Single” Parent

Oh man…. These last few weeks I have experience what it is like to be a single parent (or have a spouse deployed) and it is NOT fun! My husband has been working over 70 hours a week trying to meet an upcoming deadline, I didn’t even know there were 70 hours in a week! Needless to say it has been just me and peanut all day every day, luckily we do get to see daddy in the morning, at lunch and for dinner so we aren’t completely on our own. Through these trying weeks, I have learned a few things that have helped me keep my sanity. These few things have helped me get through each day and will continue to help me until this project is done and once it is done, we plan on some quality family time that will be AWEMAZING!

Create a schedule and stick to it: I have created a schedule for feedings, naps, library time, grocery store shopping etc. and have stuck to it (for the most part). This has helped me keep my focus and keep me active each day.

Schedule play dates: Scheduling play dates has been crucial, it not only give peanut time with her little friends but it also allows for me to have some adult conversations, which you would be surprised how important it is! It’s nice to be able to catch up with friends, get support and just talk about things besides the ABCs and farm animals.

Pick-up the house before going to bed: This one sounds like such a drag, but for some reason waking up to a clean house that has the dishes done, toys put away and laundry folded just helps get the day off to a better start. Throughout the day you will spend making the mess, creating laundry to fold and scattering toys around at least you didn’t have to deal with it right when you open your eyes.

Me, Me,  Me time: This has been probably the most important thing I have done that has kept me sane. Now I obviously couldn’t take a spa day or a marathon of yoga classes since I don’t have my husband to stay with peanut. Instead, I improvised, I made sure that I would go for a run (with baby and the jogger of course) with headphones in and just let my mind focus on my run. Even though peanut is with me, I was still doing something for myself that made me feel good and cleared my mind. I also make sure I take time during nap and at night to relax whether I watch a show on TV, read a book or magazine or catch up on Facebook posts, it was quiet time for myself and was much needed

These have been lifesavers for me during my husbands project; I just hope I can keep it going for the next month and half! Please send any other ideas that work for you!

XOXO