healthy snacks for kids

Julia Child-Inspired Dijon Deviled Eggs (Easter Appetizer)

This delicious Dijon deviled eggs recipe is the perfect Easter appetizer - so easy that kids can make, yet elegant enough for holiday meals.

> Those of you celebrating Easter in the weeks to come (or at least taking part in Easter egg hunts) may find yourselves inundated with hard-boiled eggs soon. Deviled eggs are a definite kid-pleaser, in my house at least. And this recipe makes the YUMMIEST deviled eggs I have ever eaten. Moreover, deviled eggs are a …

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Old-Fashioned Oven Baked Apples Recipe (Easy & Healthy)

Old-Fashioned Baked Apples Recipe: Perfect Prep-Ahead Holiday Dessert, Easy and Delicious There’s nothing like the scent of oven baked apples cooking to make your home smell warm and cozy at the holidays. “Baked” apples are a ten-minute everyday breakfast treat in our home, thanks to the microwave. But when I’m making a lot of baked …

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Healthy Microwave Baked Apples Recipe (Ready in 10 Minutes!)

Want a tummy-warming, healthy start to your day? These weekday-friendly microwave baked apples are ready in just ten minutes!

When I was growing up, each day began with a good breakfast. And breakfast always began with a serving of fruit. On chilly mornings, my favorite breakfast fruit was my mother’s delicious homemade baked apples. Originally published Oct. 5, 2017; last updated October 2020. My mama baked apples the old-fashioned way, in the oven. Usually …

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How To Make Steamed Vegetables In The Microwave (Fast & Easy Side Dish!)

Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

How To Steam Veggies In The Microwave: Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. Originally published May 10, 2016; last updated July 2020. Microwave-steamed …

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Easy Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Looking to save money on those store-bought salad kits? Have kids addicted to croutons? This Easy Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons recipe fits the bill.

Skip Expensive Store-Bought Kits with DIY Caesar Salad plus Homemade Croutons I like to save money. This is why I’m such a huge fan of children’s resale events, for example. So when Kimmie was shopping with me one day and I grabbed a Caesar Salad kit off the clearance pile, little did I know I …

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The Ultimate Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Have you ever had a homemade strawberry shortcake? If not, you’re in for a real treat when you try my dad's Ultimate Homemade Strawberry Shortcake recipe.

Have you ever had a homemade strawberry shortcake? If not, you’re in for a real treat when you try this recipe. Homemade strawberry shortcake is a quintessential summer treat throughout New England, where I grew up. So much so that many churches hold “strawberry suppers” at least once during the summer, as one of their …

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Sweet and Savory Crescent Roll Recipes

Need quick & easy ideas for make-ahead snacks, summer picnics, or school lunches? With over 25 options, this list of crescent roll recipes has you covered!

Need an easy make-ahead kid-friendly meal/snack for your next family road trip? Or an easy weekend-prep option for school lunches? Either way, these crescent roll recipes have you covered. The girls had a blast making these recently at our church cooking club. And with a week-plus of crazy schedules and travel ahead of us, making …

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Chilaquiles (Breakfast Nachos): Fun DIY Breakfast for Kids

Looking for a fun brunch bar idea for your kids? Or a breakfast/hearty after-school snack they can make themselves? Then give chilaquiles a try, and savor the flavors of Mexican cuisine!

Does your family enjoy exploring new cultures through their foods? We do. Trying the local cuisine is always tops on my vacation list. Likewise, whenever I return somewhere I’ve visited or lived, I cannot wait to taste my local favorites again. Among my guilty pleasures whenever I visit Mexico is a plate of chilaquiles (CHEE-la-KEY-lays) …

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Fab Fall Fun At Your Fingertips

Ready to rock this fall like never before? Family fun, yummy recipes, quick & easy crafts, and costume inspiration - we've got your fall fun covered!

The kids are back to school (or will be soon enough), the days are getting shorter, the nights are cooling off. For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s hard to deny it any longer: fall is coming. Fortunately, that means it’s time for lots of fall fun with your kiddos. The …

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Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait

Essie is the one who put the "yummy" in my Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait recipe. With fresh berries at their peak, you've got to give this recipe a try.

I’ll admit it. The name Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait is a blatant attempt to follow my long-standing rule of giving foods appealing names. A recent scientific study at Stanford confirmed my practice: People are more likely to try strange foods with appealing names. But like other recipe names I’ve bestowed, it’s also based in reality. …

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Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

Does your family have a Tasting Garden? Ours is the girls' favorite spot in the front yard. Here's why YOUR kids will love having a Tasting Garden, too.

Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them with our …

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Super-Yummy Pumpkin Dip

Craving those autumn pumpkin spice flavors? Try this super-yummy pumpkin dip on apple slices for a delicious, healthy, filling fall snack.

Looking for a super-yummy snack with that delicious pumpkin spice flavor that goes so well with autumn? If so, this pumpkin dip is a must-try. The days are turning cooler here, the leaves are changing color, fresh apples are in season, and it seems everyone is advertising things pumpkin-spice-flavored. If I had unlimited time, money, …

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Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified

First off, my apologies to those of you who will read this post and say “duh!” You’re probably at least ten steps ahead of me already on hacking mommyhood and otherwise simplifying your parental existence.   When I stop and think about what I’m about to tell you, part of me thinks, How banal! How obvious! …

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Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack

Frozen grapes are the perfect healthy summer snack for kids. If you haven't tried them before, here's why you should - along with complete step-by-step how-to's for the easiest summer snack EVER!

My kids’ fave munchies for hot summer days? Hands-down, frozen grapes. I first came across this idea a couple of years before I actually tried it, and I only wish I’d tried it sooner. My hesitation is simple to explain: I assumed the grapes would freeze into little rocks that I’d then have to thaw …

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