1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #89
LUNCH – Bagel Chips with Hummus and a Mini Salad
These bagel chips are a breeze to make. I first made them out of desperation at the cottage, when I had two bagels and a handful of kids who were in need of a snack – yikes! I needed to make those bagels work for me, so I sliced them, as thin as I could, into several layers, instead of in half. Usually I get between 4 and 5 slices per bagel. I placed the bagel slices on a baking sheet and baked them in a 375°F oven, for about 10 minutes, turning halfway through (you can also pop them in a toaster). Then I cracked each slice into 4 and served them with some hummus.
For this lunch I also added what I call a mini salad. It’s a little selection of veggies, piled up or tossed together. To start I keep it pretty simple, about three familiar veggies, sliced, diced or shredded with no dressing. The idea is to get the kids familiar with the salad concept. I add new veggies, greens and dressing one at a time, as they grow comfortable with the concept. Here I used sliced cucumber (a favorite), sliced radishes (starting to like) and some shredded carrot (also a favorite, but cut in a new way for some).
The great thing is, if they want they can top up their bagel chips & hummus with the veggies and make their own creation – ooh, they love that:)
SNACK – Bananas in Homemade Strawberry Yogurt Drink and Walnuts
Bananas in milk is a breakfast/snack that I grew up with, but we have been playing around with it a bit and coming up with new combinations. Here I decided to recreate a strawberry yogurt drink. I used 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 3/4 cup of peach nectar, 3/4 cup of greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and blended it all together. It was delish – knocked those store bought yogurt drinks right out of the park.
I put some banana slices in a bowl, poured in some of the homemade strawberry yogurt drink and topped it up with walnuts – yum! The strawberry yogurt drink would also be good in a cup, or in a thermos to pack in a school lunch.
Here are some other combos we have tried: Bananas in Milk with Cinnamon, Bananas in Strawberry Milk, Tropical Bananas in Milk and check out this post for a fun, interactive way to serve bananas in milk – MYO Snack | Bananas in Milk.
SNACK – Mini Carrot “Cupcakes” & Apple Cinnamon Sticks
These mini carrot “cupcakes” are really whole wheat carrot applesauce muffins from 100 Days of Real Food, baked in a mini muffin pan and all dressed up like a cupcake. The ohs and ahs are just as big for these, as any cupcakes I have ever served. Fancy works! After letting the muffins cool completely, I topped them up with plain cream cheese (you can add some maple syrup to the cream cheese too, if you like) and shredded carrots.
I made the apple cinnamon sticks by cutting apples with the larger julienne blade on my mandoline, but they can also be cut with a knife, and then sprinkling some cinnamon on top. Easy, peasy!
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:)