'Try this "healthy snack" your kids will love'. Haven't we all heard this before. So we hurry up and make the snack, and your children give you a look and ask "what is that?"
There are a lot of well-meaning people out there who are very concerned with eating healthy. They eat whole grain everything and never add sugar to their diet. Sometimes I wish I could be more like them, but I have just come to accept the fact that I'm not.
My sister is a vegetarian and she does everything by the book. Her idea of having 'junk food' is popping corn and adding a touch of cold-pressed olive oil and sea salt. I admire her dedication and self-discipline when it comes to her chosen lifestyle and often I've tried to follow after her in many ways. But found that I just can't do it. I don't enjoy eating this way and neither does my family. Many times after serving up a "health food" meal, my kids will ask, "Did you talk to Aunt Nancy again?".
I'm still an advocate of healthy meals and snacks, but I also know that giving up sugar, white flour, butter, and meat won't work for my family. So I've come up with a few recipes for that are somewhere in between junk food and health food. I feel good that I have taken some positive steps toward better eating and knowing that my family is actually eating what I prepare!
While this recipe has some sugar in it and isn't made with 100% fruit juice, it still packs a powerful punch nutritionally. It's a great way for your family to eat fruit.
Put juice in a blender and add fruit. Blend for 1 minute or until well blended and frothy. Serve cold.
While you can add dried fruit such as raisins and dates to this recipe, you are free to omit them if you don't care for them. My boys like this granola plain. It still is a good way to get your family to eat whole grain oats.
Mix all ingredients together. Spread thinly on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 t0 25 minutes at 325 degrees until lightly browned.
Do not let cool in the pan or you'll never get it out. Use a spatula to transfer granola to another container to let cool. Cover and store.
Yield: 3 cups.
Mix ingredients together and store in plastic bags. If you want to just mix together the granola and candy - that's okay too. You are still getting a whole grain as part of this delicious snack.
Patti Chadwick is a freelance writer and creator of History's Women, an online magazine and Free weekly ezine highlighting the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history. You can visit her site at www.historyswomen.com. You can contact Patti at Patti @historyswomen.com
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