Gummy bears are super fun to eat but I never thought about trying to make them until just the other day. It turns out, homemade gummy bears are very easy to make and you can infuse them with healthy juices, honey, and fresh squeezed citrus! My kids love gummy bears but I we limit the kids' sugar intake each day to help those little immunities. These DIY gummy bears are made with orange juice and sweetened with honey! I don't mind if my kids snack on these relatively healthy gummy bears and it's fun to customize the flavors.
Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick's Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid's party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick's Day isn't a huge holiday, but we like to enjoy some yummy kid-friendly treats and delicious limeade, and let the mommies catch up and the kiddos play! Here are some yummy snack and treat ideas for a Shamrock kids' play group (or any kids' party)!
If you're a football fan, you've most likely caught your fair share of games this season. I couldn't tell you many of the rules of football, but I've even watched a game or two, mostly for the social interaction and delicious food of course. Good games usually accompany good food but you don't have to bend over backwards to score a touchdown with your game day appetizers. Here are some of my favorite football snacks that are pretty easy to make!
These frozen berry yogurt sticks are delicious and pretty healthy too! My kids gobbled them up and have since asked me to make them again. If your kids love berries and yogurt, these are a perfect snack to replace more sugar-filled popsicles and ice pops. If you have berry bushes, you can also use the fresh berries that your kids help pick from your own backyard!
My kids ask for a snack about 200 times a day. Most often I give them cheese, yogurt, or a cracker, but I've been trying to get a bit more creative with snack time (or sneaking lunch into snack time). Fun and creative kids' snacks makes snack time or lunch more fun and encourages kids to try new foods. Here are some of the fun and healthy snacks for kids I've made recently that make fruit, cheese, and even veggies a lot more appealing for kids.
Enjoy the last days of summer before school starts with these fun fizzy soda ice popsicles. They are super easy to make and even easier to enjoy! You kids can help assemble them and drop in the fruit and gummy bears. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze!
Yogurt popsicles are easy to make and fairly healthy too! All you need is several flavors of yogurt to layer inside a popsicle mold and freeze. We made popsicles with 3 flavors each, although you could make them single-flavored or any combination you choose! For an ultra-healthy version, use plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey.
Get ready for the most delicious snack ever! Combine two of America's most popular snacks, and what do you get? Chocolate covered goldfish! Make these chocolate-dipped goldfish for your kids, or for yourself. Granted, moms will probably eat most of them. All you need is melted chocolate (in a pot or microwave, take your pick) and a handful of goldfish. Dip each goldfish cracker in melted chocolate, let it dry, and enjoy!
Chances are if you're not gluten free yourself, you know someone who is. Among our group of friends, more and more people seem to have an intolerance for gluten. If you are one of those people, then you know how hard it can be to find something to eat! My brother went through a period where he had to cut gluten out of his diet entirely. I remember the slim pickings available in fast food drive thrus; sometimes there were no gluten free options at all! Yes, you can always eat fruits and veggies, but if you are gluten intolerant you most likely still enjoy hamburgers, cookies and the occasional piece of cake. So what are the options for a diverse gluten-free diet?
The other day I experimented with making homemade caramel sauce for lattes and it turn out amazingly! I've been craving caramel lattes lately but rarely find the time to leave the house to snag one, with my three little ones in tow. We have an espresso machine, so the only thing I was missing was rich, buttery caramel sauce! I was excited learn how easy is it to recreate the delicious Starbucks-like caramel sauce at home in your own kitchen!
Perfect for Valentine's Day, these delicious chocolate truffles taste just like expensive store bought ones and are very easy to make. You can make the budget-friendly version we illustrate, or go all out and use gourmet ingredients such as Lindt and Ghiradelli chocolate to take these truffles to the next level. Either way, homemade truffles are sure to delight your loved ones.
Homemade strawberry fruit snacks are easy to make and yummy to eat! These dried fruit bites don't have any added sugar and are just a chewey and sweet as real fruit snacks. They also have a tart flavor to them; a natural version of sour candy! We made our own batch in just a few easy steps.
Several times a week my daughter asks to make muffins. We whipped up these Pumpkin Coconut Muffins in an afternoon to my daughter's delight. I like how they are healthier than cookies but still enticing as a treat. If you have a little baker in your home, these muffins are definitely worth checking out!
Who doesn't love popcorn?! It's a great snack with minimal calories. Popcorn is also an easy treat to share with guests or take to a party. We jazzed it up for a tasty sweet and salty combination using chopped pistachios and melted chocolate.
Banana Chocolate Chip Petit Fours are pretty much just as easy as making muffins, with an adorable twist! These tasty treats are bite-sized, perfect for kids & adults alike. They are also portable, easy cakes to take to a party.
Whenever the air is crisp and cool, I want to sip on something warm & tasty! There are so many flavorful drink recipes available that I want to share with my kids, but many of them are full of extra sugar that I don't think we need. After some online searching, I was able to find some flavorful warm drinks easily customizable to appeal to your children's various preferences & dietary needs.
Smoothies are an easy way to enjoy a wide variety of fruits and veggies! You can pack bananas, strawberries, mango, blueberries, yogurt, and even spinach, carrots, and kale into a smoothie. Plus reusable food pouches such as Yummi Pouch make it easy for kids to enjoy smoothies relatively mess-free. Here are some of our favorite combinations.
Homemade Butter Toffee is a must-have for any holiday party. Make this easy treat for Christmas or New Years and share it with your neighbors and friends!
Fruit parfaits are a delicious end of summer treat and a perfect way to use the last harvests of fresh peaches. They make a delicious dessert or breakfast treat.
These parfaits are very easy to make and are a pretty dessert to serve to guests. Kids and adults won't be able to wait to dig in!
My kids love eating popsicles on hot days. Most store bought popsicles are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and artificial dyes. I wanted a healthy alternative to sugary ice pops, so I created this Healthy Ice Pop Recipe.
Breakfast is a must-have for an energetic start of your day. But how can you grab a nutritious bite to eat with minimal effort, especially on those busy days? Here are some quick and healthy breakfast ideas to get you going.