Mommy and Me: Healthy Snacks

As a mom, I like to sit down with my daughter and talk through the foods she might want while I am planning my own meal prep menu. Snacks are a mainstay since most kids eat smaller portions, more often, so I encourage healthy + whole food snacking as often as possible.

Here is a list of some of my little’s favorite nutritious snacks:

  •  Organic string cheese & a ½ cup of fresh fruit
  • 2 TB organic or homemade hummus and 1 cup raw veggies-of-choice
  • 1 TB organic almond butter (or sunflower seed butter if there is an allergy) on a slice of Ezekial (or sprouted) bread topped with banana slices + drizzled with a fruit-based fudge called Wax Orchards
  • Homemade Trail Mix:  2 TB cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup pretzels or pretzel goldfish, 1 TB of shaved dark chocolate, and 2 TB dried cranberries (no sugar added)
  • Peach or nectarine slices with ½ cup organic whole fat cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt
  • Apple slices with 2 TB natural nut or seed butter + then sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 3 avocado slices with one slice of nitrate- and hormone-free roasted turkey breast wrapped around them + can be dipped in salsa!

Touchdown! Healthier Football Party Snacks

Make your football viewing healthier with these #reciperehabs of our favorite comfort foods.

Instead of chicken wings (648 calories in 8 small wings,) buffalo chicken meatballs (296 calories in 8) – SAVE 352 calories with me!

makes 24 meatballs

What You Need:

  • 2 LBS ground chicken meat, all white
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1 bottle dairy-free buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly + pan-grilled
  • 1/2 cup paleo ranch dressing, to dip
  • To Make:
  1. Mix the chicken, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and egg together in a bowl.
  2. Form the mix into 24 meatballs. Place them in the slow-cooker with the buffalo sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Plate atop the cabbage mix and grilled onions with ranch on the side.

Toss pizza delivery aside for cauliflower pepperoni pizza muffins! A large slice of pepperoni pizza has more than 400 calories in it and isn’t too filling. These pizza muffins are only 225 calories and low-carb!

makes 12 muffins

What You Need:

  • 2 cups finely riced, raw cauliflower
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 package Applegate pepperoni
  • 1 jar marinara sauce or pizza sauce

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cauliflower through the flour- place into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Add the marinara atop each with some extra cheese + a slice of pepperoni – bake until cheese is melted -roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Serve!

I love Jalapeno poppers, but not the whopping 155 calories for one! I took some jalapenos + roasted them with half cream cheese, half Greek yogurt, tossed in some spices, + added bacon- voila! Only 75 calories each.

makes 16 poppers

What You Need:

  • 8 jalapenos, halved + deseeded
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 8 slices of Applegate bacon, low-sodium, cooked + chopped

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the halved jalapenos on a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, yogurt, adobo peppers, + bacon.
  3. Stuff the peppers + bake for 10-12 minutes or until tender.