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Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids’ day! It’s fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh berries available. Especially here in Louisiana, where locally grown strawberries are ruby red and juicier than any fruit you’ll ever try. It makes me even more thankful to live in a place with such tasty food!

Since summer is basically just a time for me to figure out how to eat the most amount of berries I possibly can, I have to get creative with recipes. My favorite? Smoothies! I love freezing fresh berries and throwing them in the blender for creamy, refreshing smoothies.

This Triple Berry Smoothie is one of our favorites right now! Berries are a great source of antioxidants, so we have three types of berries in here for the nutrition punch. And the tastiness. :) Greek yogurt adds protein and creaminess, and you can even add a handful of spinach for extra nutrients.

You and your kids will love this refreshing Triple Berry Smoothie for breakfast or a snack on warm summer days!

Triple Berry Smoothie

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/4 cup raspberries, frozen
  • Handful of spinach (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.

 

10 This Peaches and Cream Bread is one that’s hard to keep around! You might want to bake two – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Peaches and Cream Bread

This Peaches and Cream Bread is one that’s hard to keep around! You might want to bake two – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This Peaches and Cream Bread is one that’s hard to keep around! You might want to bake two – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

When time allows, I love to make some homemade snacks at the beginning of the week for my kids to munch on. That way, instead of reaching for the chips in the pantry (which are an occasional treat), I can tell them to grab the snacks that I’ve made – which are always healthier than anything you can get at the store!

It can be as simple is prepping some veggies with ranch or making no-bake bites, but I like to go above and beyond when I can. Enter this bread – the perfect treat for after school! My kids love this Peaches and Cream Bread almost as much as my famous blueberry bread from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet. Like I said, it’s hard to keep a loaf around for more than a day or two.

I love when my kids help me bake this bread; the moments we spend in the kitchen together are some of my favorite. I hope you get to make this Peaches and Cream Bread with your kids and make them very happy when snack time comes around!

Need more easy and healthy snack ideas? Check out my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Peaches and Cream Bread

This Peaches and Cream Bread is one that’s hard to keep around! You might want to bake two – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (218 g) peaches, diced fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon (196 g) all purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons (9 g) baking powder
  • 
1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1 cup (230 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 
2 teaspoons orange zest (from 1 large orange)
 -optional
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
 (120 ml), in liquid form

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan, dust with flour, and tap out excess. Alternatively, you can line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix diced peaches with 1 tablespoon of flour. Using your hands, toss them around until they are all evenly coated with flour. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan when baking.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, mix yogurt, sugar, eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and coconut oil on low speed until all items are thoroughly combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mix to the wet, making sure there are no clumps but careful that you don’t over mix. Gently fold flour-coated peaches into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before removing from pan.

 

1 Enjoy a festive Shamrock Green Smoothie this St. Patrick's Day! Packed with nutritious fruits and veggies, this is a healthy smoothie that your kids will love drinking.

Healthy Shamrock Green Smoothie for Kids

Enjoy a festive Shamrock Green Smoothie this St. Patrick’s Day! Packed with nutritious fruits and veggies, this is a healthy smoothie that your kids will love drinking.

Enjoy a festive Shamrock Green Smoothie this St. Patrick's Day! Packed with nutritious fruits and veggies, this is a healthy smoothie that your kids will love drinking.

There are two big reasons I love St. Patrick’s Day: 1. we get to spend time together as a family doing fun activities and participating in the festivities of the day; and 2. the green theme gives me an excuse to sneak even more healthy fruits and vegetables in my kids’ food! I’d say that’s a pretty great holiday.

No artificial food dyes here to give this smoothie its festive color – just spinach! I promise your kids won’t be able to taste it. Just tell them that leprechauns drink their green smoothies too and I’m sure they’ll gulp it down. :)

There are so many good ingredients in this smoothie that it makes a perfect balanced breakfast (for any day of the year!) or a filling afternoon snack. Bananas and apples give it a delicious fruity flavor, spinach packs nutrition, and yogurt gives it creaminess and protein. Smoothies are the best, aren’t they?

We love making green smoothies for kids that they will love and ask for again and again. I hope you love this recipe!

Healthy Shamrock Green Smoothie

Enjoy a festive Shamrock Green Smoothie this St. Patrick's Day! Packed with nutritious fruits and veggies, this is a healthy smoothie that your kids will love drinking.

Enjoy a festive Shamrock Green Smoothie this St. Patrick’s Day! Packed with nutritious fruits and veggies, this is a healthy smoothie that your kids will love drinking.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 green apple, core removed
  • 2 cups water or milk (non-dairy if necessary)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 handfuls spinach (about 1-2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding more water if you want a thinner smoothie.
  2. Adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired.

 

6 One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They’re way better than any pretzel at the mall.

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

My daughter loves the soft pretzels sold at the mall so naturally, I made an easy homemade version just for her. I decided to make bites instead so they are perfect for snacking after school or packing in lunch boxes!

My kids beg me to make this soft pretzel bites recipe almost weekly. I don’t blame them, though! They’re soft, sweet, and the perfect size for little fingers.

Looking for more delicious snack recipes? Check out my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet – I know you’ll find something your kids will love!

You do have to wait for the dough to rise (the hardest part!), but most of the time spent on this recipe is hands-off, so you can go get other things done while you make it. It’s totally worth it though; just look at those beautiful bites of cinnamon-y sugar goodness!

My kids love when I sneak one or two of these in their lunch boxes as a special treat, and I also like to make a batch if we’re having a family night watching movie night or playing games. It’s a recipe I know everyone will enjoy!

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (100-110ºF, 35-45ºC)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (9 g) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups (375 g) bread flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon (18 g) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 8 cups water (1.8 L)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (110 g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Stir together warm water and yeast in a bowl and let stand for ten minutes to activate yeast.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, salt and brown sugar. Add softened butter and activated yeast with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides a few times to combine.
  3. Switch to the bread hook attachment and mix for about 5 minutes, dusting with a little more flour along the way to make sure it doesn’t stick to the walls of the bowl.
  4. Once the dough is elastic, remove it from the mixer bowl, form a ball, and transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and refrigerate overnight or, 2-3 hours in a warm spot.
  5. Heat oven to 450°F (230ºC) with racks in upper and lower third. Well oil 2 large baking sheets (about 17×12 inches, 43×30 centimeters). Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a 5-quart (946 ml) sauce pan.
  6. Punch down dough and divide into quarters. Form each quarter into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a 12 inch (30 centimeter) long rope. Cut each rope into six 2-inch (5 centimeter) pieces.
  7. Place a dozen pretzel bites and boil for 30 seconds, then transfer with a slotted spoon onto the oiled baking sheets.
  8. Bake pretzel bites in oven, switching sheets between racks and rotating sheets halfway through baking, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely toward end of baking; bites brown quickly in last few minutes). Immediately transfer pretzel bites to wire racks to cool.
  9. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush pretzel bites with melted butter, lightly dip into cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy.

 

36 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)

 

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 bites
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

 

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