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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Healthy Valentine Snacks

I am always on the lookout for new healthy snack ideas for my son K. Since Valentines Day is only a few weeks away I figured I would share our favourites with you (of course some of them have been made a bit more heart happy to fit).

Heart Shaped Pikelets
You will need:
-2 cups of self-raising flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup caster sugar
-1 egg
-1 cup (250 mL) milk
-1 tablespoon of butter

What to do:
-Soft flour and salt, add sugar, drop unbeaten egg into the middle of the bowl and stir.
-Slowly add enough milk to make a thick batter.
-Beat well until smooth.
-Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, melt ½ teaspoon of butter and drop heaped tablespoons of mixture into the pan.
-When bubbles appear on the surface turn the pikelets and allow to brown on the second side.
-Transfer pikelets onto a plate and cover with a cloth until you finish cooking the remainder.
-Serve with butter or cream cheese, and if preferred a dollop of jam.
-For a nice change you can also add fresh or frozen berries to the batter. It is delicious!

Valentine Jell-O Jigglers

You will need:
-3 packages of flavoured gelatine (red, pink or purple in colour).
-4 packages of unflavoured gelatine
-4 cups of boiling water
-A heart, x, o or another valentine cookie cutter

What to do:
-Boil 4 cups of water in a pot
Add the flavoured gelatine and unflavoured gelatine slowly into the water.
-Stir until everything is dissolved, then pour into a lightly greased baking dish.
-Place into the refrigerator until the Jell-O sets. I prefer to leave it overnight.
-Use cookie cutters to cut the shapes out.
-Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Valentine Strawberry Smoothie
You will need:
-5 strawberries
-1/2 banana
-1 cup milk

What to do:
-Place the fruit and milk into a blender and mix on high speed until blended.
-Pour into a plastic cup and serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
-Makes 1 serving.

Valentines Day Kabobs
You will need:
-Any fruit, veggies and white cheese that your child likes
-Wooden skewers
-A valentine shape cookie cutter (optional)

What to do:
-Cut your fruit, veggies and cheese into small pieces or make small shapes with a cookie cutter when appropriate.
-Alternate fruit and vegetable pieces with cubes of cheese on a skewer.
-Serve with pink whipped cream if preferred (you can add a package of fruit juice to the whipped cream to colour it and change its flavour)

Valentines cracker, meat, cheese and fruit plate
You will need:
-Luncheon meat
-A valentine shaped cookie cutter

What to do:
-Cut the meat, cheese and applies into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
-Serve on a plate
-Make sure to use all the left over pieces to make yourself a "heartwhich"!
(Yup, that’s it? Easy isn’t it?)

Hope I’ve given you a few new ideas to intrigue your toddler/ preschooler into eating a healthy snack. I am curious what you have done in the past or plan on doing for future Valentines Day snacks. If you have any great ideas I would love to hear them.

Happy snacking!

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