Ditch the Prepackaged Foods

Ditch the Prepackaged Foods

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Making healthy snacks and meals for our children; it’s something we all want to do but sometimes we get stuck in that parenting rut of eating the same old foods and then buying prepackaged items for the sake of time. Eating organic seems too expensive and how do I know where the organic food was shipped from? Our family aims to eat local or Michigan grown so that we support our local economy and eat fresher food. Organic is a priority but we always keep in mind what the dirty dozen is and do our best to make good choices. In addition, to just eating healthy there is saving money and being thrifty during these tough financial times.

To help make it more possible to eat healthy and make snacks for your children verses prepackaged snakcs I wanted to provide you with a few easy to make snacks that will save you money, time and help everyone in the family eat healthy! For further healthy eating and snack tips try Organic Cooking for Babies and Toddlers book.

Orange Pineapple Mango Slices

What You Need:

2 C ripe mango, chunked
½ C evaporated milk
¾ C water
¼ pineapple orange juice concentrate

How to Make It:

-Place the mango chunks into the blender.
-Pour in the evaporated milk.
-Add the water and juice concentrate.
-Puree until very smooth.
-Pour the mixture into 5 oz. cups or a Popsicle mold if you have one.
-Place a wooden stick into each slice.
-Freeze for 3 hours or until the slices are frozen solid.

8 Servings

Easy to make and very tasty you will find these to be hit with anyone who tries them.  Kids will enjoy the sweet taste from the concentrate and adults will love them just as much.


Big Grin Apple Slices

 What You Need:

2 apples, cored and quartered
Almond slivers

How to Make It:

-Cut each of the apple quarters into rather thick slices.
-Place the almond slivers into the apple to represent teeth.
-Serve immediately or baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from turning brown.

16 Servings

Sometimes it takes being a little clever to get children to eat their fruits.  Giving them something a little different may make all the difference in how they feel about eating an everyday apple.

Poquette is a K12.com 3rd grade teacher, a social media and marketing consultant (in her free time), blogger and children’s book author. She has a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting brands and bloggers. She speaks locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. She’s worked with top name brands and has been mentioned and featured in the New York Times, ABC News Online, The Wall Street Journal and several others.