For more healthy snack ideas, check out our Smart Snacking Guide
Pasta salads are easy to make, very versatile (just add your favorite veggies and dressing), kid-friendly, nutrient dense (loaded with veggies) and make a great on the go picnic salad or side dish. I love this fresh Spring vegetable inspired pasta salad with some of my favorites all tossed in a simple lemon dressing.
I have an abundant harvest of kale and Swiss chard in my garden, so I always try to find different ways to prepare it. I love sautéing chard and making kale chips, but sometimes, it's just easiest to include these greens in a daily salad. What makes a good kale and chard salad? Thinly slicing the greens and massaging the dressing into the greens first! This lemon and apple cider vinegar dressing also makes this salad extra flavorful! In addition, another favorite salad ingredient is apples! Don't leave out the apples in this one!
Lemon Apple-Cider Vinaigrette
Yield: Approximately ¾ cup dressing
Buddha bowls, also known as, Wellness Bowls, Power Bowls, Macro Bowls or Grain Bowls, are a nutrient dense, colorful and flavorful combination of food served in a large bowl (like Buddha's belly). These bowls are designed as a great way to get all your nutrients, such as, carbs, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Buddha bowls are also great to meal prep in advance for quick, easy meals. No matter what you call them, the following is a guideline to building your own. Add an item from each category and drizzle on your favorite dressing or sauce.
Below is my recipe for a Spring Buddha Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing. I love adding roasted and raw vegetables. The lemon tahini dressing is a delicious addition to tie it all together. I hope you enjoy this one and also trying your own creations.
To assemble your bowl:
Lemon Tahini Dressing
For more meal prep tips and ideas, check out my post here: Meal Planning Tips
Give your avocado toast a Halloween twist with these Guaca-monsters! Gather some different veggie parts and let your kids create their own monsters! These would make a perfect pre-Trick or Treat snack!
For the guacamole:
For the Monsters (the options are endless):
Don't miss out on the most important meal of the day! Make breakfast (or snack time) fun for kids with apple donuts and banana sushi. Kids can get creative and add their favorite toppings. The options are endless! Read more about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day here: A Healthy Start with Breakfast
*Instead of peanut butter for the spread: use yogurt.
Extra optional toppings:
• Avocado slices
• Lime wedges
• Fresh cilantro
1. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add onions and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes until onions and peppers begin to soften.
2. Add chickpeas and seasonings.
3. Heat through and cook until peppers are soft.
4. Heat tortilla, then add chickpea mixture. Top with fresh squeezed lime, cilantro and any extra toppings desired.
I taught this class virtually in a corporate wellness class. My son came in to taste test (photo below)! He always loves these!
If you haven't tried salad in a jar yet, now is the time! Why make a salad a jar? Here are some reasons:
1) Fun for kids to customize their own
2) Great for meal prep - make now, eat later
3) Great to pack for lunch on the go
4) Fun way to eat salads
5) Because they are soooo cool!
6) Easy way to "eat the rainbow"
Ready to get started?
*Recommend quart size jar to build salad
*Set up assembly line in kitchen for kids to make their own creations
1. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together and add 1/4 cup dressing to the bottom of the jar.
2. Layer vegetables starting with the harder veggies first: cauliflower, carrots, cabbage.
3. Next add, bell pepper and tomatoes.
4. Add fruit then any optional items
5. Top with fresh greens.
6. When ready to eat, empty the jar onto a large plate.
It's not always easy to get young kids to eat greens, especially kale! With so much kale growing in the garden, I created this recipe to show kids how delicious it can be in a smoothie! This is a basic recipe for a green kale smoothie but feel free to add extra boosters like flax seeds, chia seeds or your favorite protein powder.
Can use fresh or frozen fruit
• 1 handful kale (Lacinato or curly kale). washed
• 1 cup chopped pineapple
• 1 cup chopped mango
• 1 banana, cut in half
• 2 cups water, can also use coconut water or any favorite non dairy beverage
• unsweetened coconut for garnish (optional)
• ice (if not using frozen fruit)
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Top with unsweetened coconut (optional)
You have all heard of ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins), let’s take it a step further and create bugs on a log. All you need is celery, any spread (peanut butter or sunflower seed butter if nut free, cream cheese (can use vegan cream cheese), hummus. Next create some bug parts: cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, chives, olives, grapes, blueberries and more and let your kids get creative!
Options for the spread:
Best fruits and veggies to use to create bugs:
Guacamole! You see it at every party and pot luck! Probably one of the healthiest snacks you can eat! Avocados pack tons of nutrients and are considered a SUPERFOOD (very nutrient dense). So mash up those avocados, add your favorite seasonings and dip away! I taught this recipe virtually to students at a local elementary schools through my work with Green Our Planet. I used common vegetables that are growing in their garden as the "veggie dippers". Then, of course, you need chips with guacamole, so I baked up my favorite tortilla chips! Whether you need a game day snack, an after school snack a before dinner snack or really anytime, enjoy this combo of veggie dippers, chips and guac!
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