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Easy, healthy snacks for kids!

July 30, 2018 89 Comments

Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a great 4th of July. I know a few of you tried my treats and I hope they were yummy! 

I’m so glad you guys commented a few ideas of what you’d like from our blog. It really helped set a fun plan for future posts that I think you’ll love! That being said, a lot of you asked for simple, healthy, snacks for kids. So, I thought I’d share what I do at my house. I’ve got protein packed healthy energy bites, hummus that is better than any store bought, and are my kids the only ones who beg for Happy Meals at 8:00am?! 😂 I got tired of them asking and me saying "no" so I created my own “chicken nugget” recipe that my kids inhale and I know yours will too! And no kidding, my husband and I will eat them too! Here’s the simple ingredients and instruction, I’d call it a recipe but I honestly just throw things in and hope for the best so know everything I do is “give and take” but will workout for you, I promise! 

Ill start with my protein balls! These are a house favorite and staple! I’m sure a lot of you have tried them but this is the standard mix I make with ingredients I can find in any grocery store. My tip for these is I make them mini! Most people will use a small cookie scoop to make them but when I did, my kids made a mess! So I make them mini little one biters they can just toss in their mouths! Here’s what you’ll need:

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- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats

- 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed (Flax Seed Meal)

- 1/3 Cup Honey

- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I use chunky because we like the peanuts, but use whatever you have)

- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

- 1/2 Cup Chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate for less sugar and they are just as good!)

Mix all ingredients together, use a spoon and make into bite size balls, put on wax paper lined baking sheet, pop them in the fridge to harden a bit. Then you can store them in a large Ziplock bag or container. 

 

If my kids say they're hungry or if they want a treat and it's not lunch or dinner time, I will let them eat a couple of these. I know what's in them is healthy and they are just sweet enough that they will feel like they had a treat. These are a lot better than cookies and candy bars! (Save those for your emergency stash when you just can't do life. I do eat these, but sometimes Mama just needs a Snickers!) Haha. 

Next up! My hummus...

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I can't even tell you how delicious this recipe is! Hummus is sold everywhere, with lots of different flavors. But once I tried making my own, I was hooked! I love knowing what is inside the food I have in my home. And if I can avoid preservatives, I do. What I love about making this myself, is I can put different flavors in it. If you want it more spicy, you could add a chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, etc.. You can add lime juice. I've even made dessert hummus! Sounds kinda weird but it is SO good. I'll share that recipe on another blog post for anyone who wants it! Here is the hummus info:

 1 Can Chickpeas (15 oz.)

1/4 Cup Lemon juice

1/4 Cup Tahini 

1 Minced Garlic clove

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

Pinch salt (to taste)

Dash Smoked Paprika 

2 Tablespoons water (may need a bit more to thin it out, but start with 2)

Blend tahini and lemon juice for 1 minute, get to a "whipped" consistency. Add olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, blend. Add drained chickpeas. Blend well. This is when it will be really thick. So you add the water and just eyeball it and blend until a smooth spreadable consistency. About 2-3 tablespoons. Taste and you may or may not need to add a little more salt.

I store mine just in Tupperware. If I serve this for a crowd I will put it in a bowl and drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a bit more smoked paprika then serve with crackers and veggies! Delish!! 

 

 

To finish up I'll share my "Chicken Nuggets!" These are so easy! I totally made this recipe up so feel free to use more or less of what I have listed.

Here's what you need: 

2 Chicken breasts, sliced 

2 eggs

1 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs, I use seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Salt/pepper to season chicken

2-3 Tablespoons Water

Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder (optional)

Cooking spray

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Cut chicken breasts into "nugget" like strips. I salt and pepper the chicken so it's seasoned well. Set up a dredge station. Depending on how many chicken strips you have, just eyeball this. I have 2 plates, or pie tins, Scramble 2 eggs in one with a splash of water to thin it out. In the second dish pour in a bit of the breadcrumbs, add Parmesan cheese, OPTIONAL- sprinkle in onion powder, garlic powder, or any seasoning you like. Mix it all with a fork. Take chicken strip, coat in egg, then in the breadcrumb coating. I know most dredging stations call for another step with flour, but I found if I pat the chicken dry with paper towel, the coating sticks just fine and I don't need unnecessary flour. Line on greased baking sheet. I also spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray as well so they get more crispy. Bake at 400 degrees, flipping them over half way for 12-15 minutes or until cooked all the way through. YUM! 

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Happy (and healthy) eating, everyone!

Love Always, Jessie 

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89 Responses

Casey Oiler
Casey Oiler

August 14, 2018

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Elizabeth Kooken
Elizabeth Kooken

August 07, 2018

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Alyssa
Alyssa

August 02, 2018

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Stephanie Marie
Stephanie Marie

August 01, 2018

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Darlene
Darlene

August 01, 2018

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Neika Nicholson
Neika Nicholson

July 31, 2018

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Hope Anderson
Hope Anderson

July 31, 2018

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Sierra Worley
Sierra Worley

July 31, 2018

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Sierra Worley
Sierra Worley

July 31, 2018

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Beth
Beth

July 31, 2018

blush pink plaid suspender skirt set! 🖤

Ashley Nelson
Ashley Nelson

July 31, 2018

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Shared!

Kathleen Speciale
Kathleen Speciale

July 31, 2018

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Raylyn McNeal
Raylyn McNeal

July 31, 2018

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Jaime DeForge
Jaime DeForge

July 31, 2018

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Stephanie Owens
Stephanie Owens

July 31, 2018

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Laura Bray
Laura Bray

July 31, 2018

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Ashley Stone
Ashley Stone

July 31, 2018

Black and orange plaid dress 2t

Rachel DeMille
Rachel DeMille

July 31, 2018

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I would love to win the Watermelon one piece swimsuit. Shared in Facebook.

Jahaira Mimms
Jahaira Mimms

July 31, 2018

Love healthy recipes❤
Love all sparkle in pink outfits, so hard to choose just one. Any fall outfit size 4t

Brianna Mortz
Brianna Mortz

July 31, 2018

Shared on Facebook!
Thanks so much for the easy snack recipes. My kids will love the “power balls”.
Wanting to win the orange and black plaid dress with vest! 🎃

Sarah Piecznski
Sarah Piecznski

July 31, 2018

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Jessica
Jessica

July 31, 2018

Vintage pumpkin open shoulder dress size 5T

Melissa
Melissa

July 31, 2018

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Danyelle Bolen
Danyelle Bolen

July 31, 2018

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Breann
Breann

July 31, 2018

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Amber Hunter
Amber Hunter

July 31, 2018

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Jen
Jen

July 31, 2018

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Vanessa Ledbetter
Vanessa Ledbetter

July 31, 2018

Magical Day Romper 5T
Can’t wait to try some of these awesome recipes!

Cherish Jensen
Cherish Jensen

July 30, 2018

First of all LOVE the chicken nuggets recipe. I will be trying this!

I would love the nee zippered hoodie.
Shared :)

Rachael Bolin
Rachael Bolin

July 30, 2018

MUSTARD AND TEAL FLORAL DRESS in a size 6. Im in love! Love your recipes !! Those energy bites are a life saver!

Kiana
Kiana

July 30, 2018

I’d like the WonderWoman outfit

Malea Drafts
Malea Drafts

July 30, 2018

There’s so many to chose from but I’d love to win one of the ruffle zipper hoodies in a 2T!

Ashley Roberson
Ashley Roberson

July 30, 2018

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Christy Dolezalek
Christy Dolezalek

July 30, 2018

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Would love to get the Halloween romper next!

Brittany C Slover
Brittany C Slover

July 30, 2018

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Roti tackett
Roti tackett

July 30, 2018

Halloween outfit pink or the trolls costume.

Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts

July 30, 2018

Pink unicorn tutu football outfit size 10

Lauren Rouse
Lauren Rouse

July 30, 2018

Vintage pumpkin open shoulder dress

Jayme Freburg
Jayme Freburg

July 30, 2018

The vintage open shoulders pumpkin dress is precious! And Im excited to try the hummus recipe on here!

Christine Frische
Christine Frische

July 30, 2018

The vintage floral lace dress is my favorite! Shared on Facebook also!

Christy M Buday
Christy M Buday

July 30, 2018

LOVE the plum floral scarf set!

Carla
Carla

July 30, 2018

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Alyssa Arroyo
Alyssa Arroyo

July 30, 2018

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Katlyn
Katlyn

July 30, 2018

Making the energy bites right after this! I love them plum floral scarf set 😍😍

Kailey Reich
Kailey Reich

July 30, 2018

Shared on Facebook ❤️ Would love the orange and black plaid dress with reversible white vest!

Michele
Michele

July 30, 2018

Great recipes! My current favs (that I haven’t bought yet) are the Olive Green Deer Skirt Set and the Gold Glitter Pumpkin Scarf set. Both are adorable!

Lisa Hughes
Lisa Hughes

July 30, 2018

Love the Halloween dress w/vest :)

Sarah Hutson
Sarah Hutson

July 30, 2018

Love the protein bites recipe! Might try the hummus recipe!

I would love the mommy pumpkin spice date shirt!

Lindsey Hall
Lindsey Hall

July 30, 2018

Love the rainbow bff outfits

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 30, 2018

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Michelle Young
Michelle Young

July 30, 2018

Would love the vintage pumpkin open shoulder dress xxxl size 8…facebook and instagram

Suzanne
Suzanne

July 30, 2018

Love these healthy ideas! I have my eyes set in the rainbow outfit :D

jennifer huizar
jennifer huizar

July 30, 2018

Daisy fringe vest dress set 3t

Heather Ekstrum
Heather Ekstrum

July 30, 2018

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Heather
Heather

July 30, 2018

Shared on fb, insta, Twitter and Pinterest. I’ve never done chicken tenders with Parmesan, does it make it taste cheesy?

Sheneka Greene
Sheneka Greene

July 30, 2018

Shared Shared Shared!!! I would love to win the Daisy Fringe Vest Floral Dress Set, it’s definitely the IT outfit for the fall 😀

Crystal Welch
Crystal Welch

July 30, 2018

You guys have such cute clothes Its hard to choose.. I’d get a Halloween outfit

Jessic Godina
Jessic Godina

July 30, 2018

Amazing. I would love the grey/blush pink stripe skull tunic 3T

Kristin Donley
Kristin Donley

July 30, 2018

Tennley my niece would love it

Brenna Lyn
Brenna Lyn

July 30, 2018

Shared on Facebook! :)

Zoey Ruffle Hoodie- Gray- Size 7

Veronica Figueroa
Veronica Figueroa

July 30, 2018

Shared 🤗 would love to win the plum floral scarf set 3t

Ashley Metcalf
Ashley Metcalf

July 30, 2018

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Shared on Facebook and Pinterest!

Ashley Metcalf
Ashley Metcalf

July 30, 2018

Would LOVE the Halloween plaid dress but really any of the Halloween or fall stuff would be awesome!! 😍😍 I just placed a big order… will have to make another to use this code 😂😂

Denise Rideout
Denise Rideout

July 30, 2018

Orange and Black Pumpkin Dress..4t.
Shared on FB

Heather Collins
Heather Collins

July 30, 2018

We have to try these out. 😊 Shared on FB. Would love the Zoey Ruffle zipper hoodie. 😍

Jessica Frizzell
Jessica Frizzell

July 30, 2018

Blue and yellow school bus Capri outfit size 5! 🙏🏽🤗🤞🏽

Also, super excited about the hummus recipe!

Natosha Watkins
Natosha Watkins

July 30, 2018

Orange and black plaid dress with reversible pumpkin vest!

Karisa
Karisa

July 30, 2018

Would love to win any of these outfits! Unicorn or a holiday one!

Kristy Mays
Kristy Mays

July 30, 2018

Shared on FB and Pinterest! I’d love the brown Faith Hope Love in 3xl💕

Megan Reynolds
Megan Reynolds

July 30, 2018

We would LOVE to win the Zoey Ruffle Zipper hoodie in Burgundy 5t. Shared on Facebook.

Susanne Poole
Susanne Poole

July 30, 2018

Coral “Bee Mine” outfit

Brittany Jumper
Brittany Jumper

July 30, 2018

Shared on Facebook and Pinterest! Would love to win the plum floral scarf set !

ANGELA GROGAN
ANGELA GROGAN

July 30, 2018

Would love to win the black orange plaid dress with pumpkin

Alyssa Vagle
Alyssa Vagle

July 30, 2018

2t Olive green deer skirt set! So cute!

Brittany Jumper
Brittany Jumper

July 30, 2018

Would love to win the plum floral scarf set ! 💕 Shared!

Lacey Massri
Lacey Massri

July 30, 2018

The BLACK POLKA DOT PUMPKIN SUSPENDER SKIRT SET

Meagan Beshears
Meagan Beshears

July 30, 2018

The Faith, Hope Love outfit!

Meghan Fraughton
Meghan Fraughton

July 30, 2018

The black and brown bomber jacket 😍

Crystal
Crystal

July 30, 2018

We would love to win any of the cute Halloween outfits. We love them all.

Will be trying your hummus recipe soon.

Katiee Thompson
Katiee Thompson

July 30, 2018

NAVY CORAL UNICORN BOUTIQUE SET
Shared

Barbi breedon
Barbi breedon

July 30, 2018

Would love to win the gray shirt.

Katherine Thompson
Katherine Thompson

July 30, 2018

NAVY CORAL UNICORN BOUTIQUE SET

Sarah Spain
Sarah Spain

July 30, 2018

The Halloween friends fringe vest dress!! Loooove it.

Whitney Pegram
Whitney Pegram

July 30, 2018

Shared!! 😍 Black & orange plaid dress w/ vest in size 6/7!

Katie
Katie

July 30, 2018

Would love The vintage pumpkin open shoulder dress size 6!!

Tera Gebhardt
Tera Gebhardt

July 30, 2018

Would love grey/white suspender skirt set

Amanda Coburn
Amanda Coburn

July 30, 2018

Black and Orange plaid dress with pumpkin!! Shared on FB

ASHLEY MOORE
ASHLEY MOORE

July 30, 2018

Shared on Pinterest and Facebook. Plum floral scarf set size 7

ASHLEY MOORE
ASHLEY MOORE

July 30, 2018

Would love to win the plum floral scarf set. Shared on Facebook

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