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Health & Nutrition – Ants on a Log, Mini-Pizzas, and Baked Cinnamon Apple

One of the best ways to encourage your children to eat healthy is to make fun, healthy snacks with them. This way, not only do they get a tasty treat, they learn valuable life skills. Below are some simple recipes that you can prepare with your children.

Avenir School makes nutrition and wellness a priority. For more information on the school’s positive learning environment, check out: http://avanteschool.ca/styled-9/.

Lunch is a credit course and will include food-safe, nutritional information, and cooking.

Ants on a Log

This snack is simple, quick, fun, and tasty. Not only does it give your children their daily dose of vegetables, but the peanut butter topping whops them with much-needed protein. To make this snack really healthy go for an all-natural peanut butter that has no added salt, sugar, or oil.

Servings: 5 –
3 Celery Stalks
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
Raisins as Needed

Simply wash and cut up the celery stalks in half. Top with peanut butter and raisins. For a fun change, instead of raisins you can use dried cranberries or cherries.

Mini-Pizzas

Servings: 2
2 Whole-Wheat English Muffins
1⁄2 Can of Tomato Sauce
1⁄2 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1⁄2 Red Pepper, diced
5-6 Mushrooms, sliced
Pepperoni Slices

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Slice English Muffins in half and spread with tomato sauce.

3. Top muffins with grated cheese, pepper, mushrooms and pepperoni slices.

4. Place on a slightly greased or on a parchment papered cookie sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Baked Cinnamon Apple

Servings: 1
1 apple
1 TBSP cinnamon
1 1/2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TSP butter
A few almonds
Water

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Scoop out the core from the apple leaving a well, but do not push all the way through.
3. Stuff the apple with all of the ingredients.
4. Place the apple in a baking dish. Pour a bit of water into the dish along with the apple to keep it from drying out. Bake for 20-25 minutes until apple is soft and the sugar begins to caramelize.

For more healthy snack ideas, check out some of these books available at the Vancouver Public Library: – – –

Healthy Treats and Super Snacks for Kids by Penny Warner, Call #J641.53 W28h

Super Snacks by Bobbie Kalman, Call #J641.53

K14s Kids Cook 1-2-3 by Rozanne Gold, Call #J641.5123 G61k

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