1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #76
LUNCH – Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza with Bananas & Strawberries
The kids were very excited when I served this for lunch. Like the, hands in the air shouting YEAH in unison, kind of excited. We had this for lunch, but it could just as easily be a quick and easy breakfast or snack for the whole family.
I first toasted the whole wheat pita on a baking sheet, in a preheated 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes. Just so it was warm and lightly toasted (alternatively you could cut the pita into quarters and toast it in the toaster). Then I spread on some peanut butter (I used peanuts only peanut butter) and added some sliced banana and cut up strawberries. And then sliced it pizza style.
The possibilities of fruit combinations here are endless. I know we will be making this again and I know we are going to have a lot of fun coming up with some delicious combinations.
SNACK – Banana Oat Cookies Two Ways and Apples
One of the daycare parents told me about these cookies. She’s a teacher and had heard about them through one of her students parents. They are super easy and super versatile. 2 bananas mashed, mixed with 2 cups of old-fashioned oats and then 1/2 cup of whatever add-ins you feel like. Dried fruit, seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut…you get the picture. Very versatile.
I added 1 tsp of vanilla to the batter, mixed it up well and then split the batter in half (I eyeballed it). Then I adding 1/4 cup of raisins to one half and 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the other half. I used a 1 tbsp cookie dough scoop to measure the cookies, onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flattened the cookies a bit, with my hand. I baked them in a 350°F oven, for 8-10 minutes or until they were set and starting to turn golden brown. Then I transferred them to a wire rack to let them cool.
This makes a great make ahead snack for at home, in a school lunch or on the go. Here we tried each of the cookie variations along with half an apple.
SNACK – Veggies & Avocado Dip
This is one of our favourite “spoon worthy” dips. What is a spoon worthy dip? It’s the kind of dip, that if your kids ate it with a spoon, you’d be OK with that. Dips are a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables, but not all dips are healthy and we have all seen kids who scoop dip with their carrot stick, only to lick it all off and scoop again. The carrot essentially becoming a spoon. Well with a spoon worthy dip that’s OK, because what they are scooping, is just as healthy as the veggies they are scooping it with:)
For this easy avocado dip, I mashed up 1/2 an avocado and mixed in 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt, a big squeeze of lemon juice and 4 drops of Frank’s Red Hot sauce (optional), plus salt & pepper to taste. The hot sauce doesn’t add any heat to the dip, just some flavour, but you could add more if you like some heat.
Supplies: rectangle baking cups
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)