Healthy Snacks That Won't Heat Things Up
Summer's having a little trouble getting started in my neck of the woods, but a lot of people are already broiling in 90-degree temps. Even with really great air conditioning, that kind of weather makes turning on the oven to make treats something that just is not happening. If your kids are clamoring for something sweet, here are some treat ideas that are both healthy and no-bake.
Frozen fruit: Skip the sugar-laden commercial fruit bars and serve up a bowl of luscious fruit straight from the freezer. My kids love frozen cherries: grapes, blueberries and peaches are all delicious straight from the freezer, as well. And a frozen banana with a little chocolate sauce on it is as good as any ice cream with a lot less fat and sugar!
No Bake Energy Balls: These peanutty bits of deliciousness would be great with almond butter as well, and your kids will never imagine they are good for them. Here's another, more cookielike version that is delicious and something your kids can help you make.
Microwave potato chips: No kidding, you can use the microwave for this at a fraction of the calories and fat of the store-bought version. And if you have never had fresh, hot, crunchy-salty-good homemade chips, these are a revelation. Here's a version that uses traditional white potatoes, and here's an even healthier one that uses sweet potatoes.
Real cooked pudding: This treat is typically full of egg yolks and heavy cream, but there are lower-fat versions like this low-fat chocolate pudding around the web. Or try this low-fat vanilla pudding spooned over fresh fruit for a delicious parfait. Yes, this requires a little stove time, but your older kids can help you stir and then it chills into pure comforting deliciousness.
What's your favorite healthy sweet treat?