One of my favorite things to do is experiment with foods in the kitchen. Growing up, I spent many a summer days helping my grandmother do the same (as long as you count licking the spoon helping – then I was her best assistant).
But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really felt like I came into my own when it comes to cooking.
Because of my EoE, I’ve had to experiment with different foods and learn how to cook not only foods that will nourish my body without causing a flare up, but also make meals that are delicious.
Because let’s be honest, I love to eat. And if it’s not going to taste good, then there’s a big part of me that’s just not interested.
But having said all of that, I don’t always have the time I’d like to dedicate to being in the kitchen.
Most days we are go-go-go until we can’t go any further.
Sometimes I need to be able to grab something quick to take with us in the car, but a lot of times, that means grabbing processed food, or high sugary pre-packaged food from the grocery store.
But one thing I’ve learned is that just because you need to grab fast food, doesn’t mean you have to grab crappy food.
One of the best mom-hacks I’ve learned is to buy healthy snacks in bulk, and then create our own little snack packs to take with us when life gets busy but we still need to eat (which is always).
Plus, putting these snacks together is a great way to have your kiddos help you in the kitchen and feel like they’re contributing in a pretty big way.
Some of these ideas can even translate into school lunch possibilities when you’re packing those throughout the week.
Simple, Healthy Recipes to Make with Your Kids
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Homemade Snack Packs
I buy these meal prep containers from Amazon and fill them with our favorite snacks. You can mix and match anything, but some of our favorite go-tos include:
- Baby Carrots
- Mixed nuts
- Deli Meat
- Mini Sausages
- Cubed Cheese
- Apple Slices
Homemade Trail Mix
Another favorite and another quick fix is making your own healthy trail mix.
We love adding our favorite little finger foods into one yummy mix and then dividing up into little baggies or containers to take with us on our way to the park, running errands, or with us to baseball practice.
One word of warning, if you do add dried fruit – make sure you’re selecting options that don’t have any added sugars. Some of our favorite things to throw in our mix include:
- Dried bananas
- Dried strawberries
- Goji Berries
- Cacao Nibs
This is another recipe that you can really make your own. I like to make ours with:
- 12 eggs
- 1 lb ground chicken breast (or ground turkey or other protein of your choice)
- 1 chopped sweet potato
- 1 chopped onion
- “Handful” or 1-2 cups of chopped kale or spinach
- 1 cup chopped broccoli or peppers
- Garlic to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbs olive oil
What you’ll do:
- Cook protein until done.
- Saute the chopped sweet potatoes and other veggies until soft.
- Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a big mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
- Pour mixture into a muffin pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Makes approx. 24 egg muffin cups.
You can mix up any of the ingredients and even add cheese.
Lesson to be learned?
You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up nutritious meals for your family to still nourish them.
Save time and include your kiddos in the “cooking” process (notice how neither of these involved any cooking?! Total mom hack).
Teach them that prepping healthy snacks is not only fun, but that we’re doing something good for our bodies when we fuel them with healthy foods!
What’s your favorite healthy grab-n-go snack?
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