Sweet Treats

Since restaurants are closed for dine-in, a lot of families are getting used to making home cooked meals. Sharing time with each other in the kitchen and having your kids help make meals can have a lot of benefits according askthescientists.com.
  1. It helps create healthy eating habits. Cooking and eating at home develops healthier eaters. Cooking and eating with your kids also helps you set an example for healthy eating that kids can mimic (sensible portions, good choices, and more).
  2. Cooking improves other skills. Reading recipes, counting ingredients, and measuring are integral parts of food preparation so children can brush up on reading and math skills. Communications skills—like language and listening—can also be improved when kids cook with their parents.
  3. Fosters connection and conversation. Cooking with kids sets up quality family time. You’ll have a chance to talk to your kids, teach, listen, and connect with them. These conversations over meals helps bring families together.
  4. You’ll serve up a side of confidence for your kids. Making a meal is an accomplishment. Seeing ingredients turn into a delicious dish is a big deal for kids. Cooking as a family helps kids feel like they helped and accomplished something. That can lead to a boost in confidence.
Try some of these sweet treats using fruits, protein, and grains. They are simple with few ingredients so children can help make and eat them!

Chocolate Chip, Banana & PB Sandwich

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 medium banana, thinly sliced
  • Mix peanut butter, honey and cinnamon; stir in chocolate chips
  • Spread over bread
  • Layer two bread slices with banana slices; top with remaining bread
  • If desired, cut into shapes using cookie cutters

Crunchy Granola Pretzel Sticks

  • 1 package dark chocolate chips
  • Pretzel rods
  • 1 cup granola without raisins
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; stir until smooth. Pour into one side of a large shallow dish.
  • Roll each pretzel halfway into chocolate. Allow excess coating to drip off, then sprinkle pretzels with granola.
  • Place on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container.

Strawberry Lime Smoothies

  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • Process all ingredients in a covered blender until smooth.


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