Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Fun Pretzel Snacks
With our resolution to have a healthier lifestyle as a family, I've had to become a little more creative in our snack times. Since we are only eating dessert one time a week as a family, we've needed more healthy snacks to fill that void. Fresh fruits and veggies are terrific but we have to spice it up a little more than that to keep the kids involved. They've been so good natured about the lack of dessert, that I want to surprise them with fun treats and snacks. Pretzels, like the ones from Snyder's, are great snacks and healthy too.
Since my kids are still fairly young and we homeschool, I like to incorporate our snacks into the themes we are studying. We try to think of snacks that correspond with the stories we're reading or subjects we're studying. Pretzels make great math manipulatives for counting or adding and subtracting. Dress up simple snacks with a little creativity! Most moms have heard of ants on a log, celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins on top, make a variation by putting peanut butter and raisins on top of pretzel sticks. Make "windows" on your child's sandwich with the square shaped pretzels. Place a grape on a pretzel for a salty/ sweet combination. For healthier yogurt covered pretzels, serve a bowl of plain yogurt with pretzel sticks for dipping. Cheese and pretzels is more fun than cheese and crackers. Pretzels are great for on the go snacking too!
It's simple and easy to engage your children with their food in a fun way. Pretzels are versatile and tasty and a healthy treat. Let your kids be creative with snack time by putting out a variety of items, inculding their favorite Snyder's pretzels, and see what they can come up with on their own. Let your children use their imaginations and see what kind of fun you can have being healthy! I think you'll be surprised by how creative they can be and how much fun they will have. Let their first "cooking" lessons be with fruit, pretzels, cheese, and veggies. Sometimes when we have a night with just the kids and I, we have a dinner made out of "snacks." Mine is usually a salad but the kids love thinking their munching on "snacks" instead of a regular meal. Pretzels, veggies, and fruit are the great makings of a meal or a snack and will keep you on track with your own healthy lifestyle.
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