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Healthy Snacks for Kids!🍎

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Hello to all our Sparklers! We have been wanting to reach out to all of you and see how everyone is doing and surviving during this time. We hope homeschool, work, and routines have been going okay for you all. It's certainly not easy for us and I have developed a new appreciation for teachers!! 🙌

I'm sure I am not the only one whose family has been going nuts on the food and snacking. I swear my kids will literally be done with breakfast and ask for a "little snack." 🤦‍♀️ Haha. I saw a meme the other day and it said, "I don't know how my child has managed getting through the school day without 47 snacks." Isn't that the truth?!😂

So for this blog, I wanted to share with you guys some easy and healthy snack recipes. It has made me nauseous to think about all the crap my kids have been eating! YIKES! A few weeks ago when they announced that school is out for the remainder of the year, I made a promise that I was going to keep healthier options in my house for my kids, and for myself! No more unlimited chips, cookies, or sugary drinks 24/7! 😳 So keep reading and be sure to give these a try because they were a HUGE hit in our house!

First up, I have to share my "Energy Bites" recipe. I have been making these for years but for I've been making them multiple times a week lately. They are so good and perfect for a little sweet and filling bite. These are AMAZING! Packed with protein, fiber, crunch, sweetness, but no refined sugar! WOO!! Here's what you'll need:

1 Cup- Old Fashioned Oats

2/3 Cup- Unsweetened Coconut (I like to use coconut chips)

1/2 Cup- Nut Butter (I use natural peanut butter)

1/2 Cup- Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Cup- Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 Cup- Honey

1 Tsp- Vanilla

1 Tbls- Chia Seeds (Optional)

Stir everything together in a large bowl until well combined. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes so they will stay together easier when you make the balls. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls. I make ours pretty small. I like the "one-biter" aspect so they don't make a mess because that's what my kids do.. 😆 Keep in a large Ziplock or airtight container and they'll last all week! My kids will eat about three for a snack. Same goes for me. They really do curve a sweet tooth and are pretty filling with the oats and peanut butter so they're a win in my book! 😋

Next up, I'll share this Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe. These are gluten free which is a great option. White flour isn't necessarily bad for you, but there are healthier options. So, here's the recipe:

1/2 Cup- Coconut or Almond Flour (I prefer almond)

1 Tbls- Poppy Seeds

1/2 Tsp- Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp- Baking Powder

1/3 Cup- Coconut Oil, Melted

1/4 Cup- Honey

1/4 Tsp- Salt

2 Tbls- Lemon Zest

Juice of 1 Large Lemon

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup- Almond Milk

Preheat oven to 325. 

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice, coconut oil, honey, almond milk, eggs. Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature so the coconut oil doesn't harden.

Combine the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Pour the batter into greased muffin tins and bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes. 

These are so yummy and I love the burst of lemon! My kiddos inhaled these and didn't even know they weren't full of sugar!🍋

Lastly, let's talk drinks. I try not to buy juices in my house. I feel like my kids already get enough sugar from their foods and treats so in the home, we try to stick to water. There are several local spots here in Utah that are only drink shops. Sodas mixed with all sorts of syrups, energy drinks, smoothies, etc. Tons and tons of options!! My girls of course, love a sugary drink from time to time. But they also have "Fruit Water."


I decided to create my own at home for my girls. That way, they feel like they're getting a "Fancy" drink, but no refined sugar or chemicals! These are so fun to dress up for a midday pick me up! Super fun if you have a wine glass or something to serve it in. I just throw in the fruit I have in the house with some ice water. You can add a little natural sweetener with Stevia but we don’t think you need it. Put some fruit on a toothpick for a little mocktail vibe and they love it!🍸

For some other ideas; copycat Balboa Bars. If you've been on Balboa Island in California, hopefully you've been able to try one. But it's basically a frozen banana dipped in chocolate with any topping you can imagine. They're so delicious. So what I have done, is put halved bananas on popsicle sticks, dip in melted dark chocolate, then let your kids top them with sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc. Lay them on a plate with parchment paper and freeze until solid. After 45 minutes to an hour, they have an awesome frozen treat!🍌

Another great idea is frozen grapes. Sounds odd but I'm telling you, they taste like frozen candy. Simple but just a new idea to switch up the fruit.🍇

I certainly hope this gives you all a couple of ideas for the next little while to get through the school year and summer. As scary and unnerving as this pandemic has been, we really are all in this together and the entire world is dealing with it. It has been so amazing to see our country, state, city, neighborhood, come together to support local businesses, spend more time as a family, etc. Let's keep at it, you guys! Listen to your state leaders with what they recommend for your state and support local business when you can. SIP is in full swing and working hard to get all your orders out quickly. We love you all and we hope you have a great day!! ❤️❤️

Love,

Jessie, Blogger for SIP

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154 comments

  • Jessie Cozzens

    Jennifer

    My 6 year old daughter is bored out of her mind. I’ve not yet given her a Machtail, but I think now is a good time. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Laren

    ❤️❤️❤️

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    Heather Davis

    Yum 😋 All 3 are definitely good! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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    Emily Schneider

    We love energy bites at our house!

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    Jessica Dick

    We’ve been going for bike rides and swimming! So much fun!

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    Kristi Miller

    Love frozen grapes

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    Jess

    Frozen grapes!! Game changer on a hot summer day 🙃

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    Danielle White

    Never thought about the drink idea!

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    Tammie

    My boss brings frozen grapes to work , they are so good.

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    Melanie

    Yummy!! Can’t wait to try this with my kids!

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    Virginia

    Neat!

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    rachel Miracle

    We love healthy snacks!!

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    Mallory

    ❤❤❤

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    Jen Grossnickle

    Tons outdoor activities! And crafts, baking when weather not letting be outside

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    Teresa Goodman

    Lots of sidewalk chalk, coloring, tea parties in the backyard! Would love more recipes and craft ideas for kids would be great!

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    Dawn M. Grant

    Spending time with my granddaughter reading and coloring. Watching her favorite shows. She’s just 2 so we’ve been practicing ABC’s and 123’s.

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    Bethany Camer

    Sounds like a healthy snack

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    Jamie Hyde

    The beverage looks refreshing, definitely gotta try I think my girls will love this!! The first treat has gotta be amazing who doesn’t love peanut butter yum!

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    Morgan Nels

    Yummy!

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    FRANKIE SHOL

    I’m definitely going to make these for my daughter!

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    Shann

    We’ve been doing a lot of swimming, water balloons, walks, obstacle courses and of course playing in the trampoline! So these are some great snack ideas I’ll be trying this weekend for the kids! Thanks for sharing!

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    Marquita

    I’m going to try this

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    Megan

    Great snack idea

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    Lisa M Earls

    Great idea

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    Brytnie M

    Great idea! Thanks so much I’ve been trying to find new things to make for them! 🖤

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    Chelsey Copeland

    I can’t wait to try this recipe thank you !!! Yumm

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    Sarah M

    Great ideas!

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    Chelsey G

    I loved this blog post! Fruit water idea is genius! Im going to try that with my 3 year old to get her drinking more water! The past couple months we have done alot of camping and beach trips. My kids are missing parades, fireworks, and carnivals but honestly its kind of nice because we have more time together with less busy weekends!

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    Samantha Ewart

    I have been taking my daughter to the local splash pad and doing outdoor activities. I would love to see more healthy snacks.

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    Alexandra Flynn

    Ooh love these!

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    Marissa B

    I am are precutting and washing all my fresh fruits and placing them in containers for easier access for my daughter. This encourages her to grab her snack and gives me extra time to do my mom duties or whatever I am may be doing at the moment. It’s super easy especially when we are doing a fun occasional project and she’s wanting I snack I just pop the fridge open and get my baby her refreshing snack 🤍

    We also, have been staying safe aka social distancing. We do painting activities, go for a swim, moonwalk, give our beagle some extra play time, etc!

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    Jody Ballard

    Love the bites!! Add peanut butter and makes amazing

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    Kacie Dooley

    I LOVE the fruit water idea! We have been actively working in our garden and offer make healthy snacks from what we pick that day!

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    Mackenzie Boltz

    Love the drink idea! I’ve got the kids down to 2 snacks a day and they aren’t thrilled about it 😂

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    Clara

    Definitely have to try the fruit juice for my daughters. We only allow orange juice at home. Great ideas!

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    Rachel

    Great ideas!

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    Amber Turner

    I love the poppy seed muffins. I had them once and they were amazing and I couldn’t find them again.

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    Melissa A Fields

    We’ve been playing outside alot and planning SIP school outfits (i hope)
    Id love to see more recipes and styling tips

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    Savannah Wilkers

    Great ideas! Love this!

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    Robin Scrimager

    I’ll have to try these recipes they look yummy.

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    SHalimar

    I love the oatmeal chocolate balls! Quick and easy and filling!!

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    Daisy Navarrete

    What great healthy recipes!!

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    Sheri

    Love it!

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    Arlexisha Ravi

    Awesome!

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    BEcca HOllingsworth

    Such a fabulous recipe!

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    Lindsay

    Awesome recipes

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    Laura R

    Awesome recipes!

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    Vanessa

    Neat

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    Jessica

    Love these ideas!

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    Melina Inm

    I am definitely going to be making some energy bites for my family and I! We have a farm and are always on the go and my daughter, husband, and I would love to have something healthy that also gives a good boost!

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    My 6 year old daughter is bored out of her mind. I’ve not yet given her a Machtail, but I think now is a good time. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Yum 😋 All 3 are definitely good! Thanks for sharing the recipes!