Olympic Worthy Snacks
In honor the London 2012 Olympics, here's some tasty (and healthy) snacks to nosh on while you watch world-class athletes compete over the next two weeks.
As the Olympics open we are all prompted to reflect on our own athletic pasts; however embarrassing or glorified. Like many kids, my professional athletic career started with soccer at the age of five. I took to the field ready to obliterate my opponents, or at least remember not to pick the ball up. Soccer is a wonderful sport, and in my time I think I was successful at missing every finer point of the sport. But I was always focused on the chief aspect of the game – half-time snacks.
Whether your little one is swimming lengths or hitting the links; they need fuel. And no self-respecting mom wants to have “the bad snack” when it’s their turn to feed the Olympic hopefuls. Here are some new spins on those tried and true snacks, along with simple switches to make your version truly tournament-worthy.
Having a hard time convincing the kiddos that fruit is fun? They’ll be coming back for seconds when you make snacks interactive. Cut up strawberries, kiwis, apple slices, pineapple, watermelon, and grapes — then throw in some marshmallows all into different bowls. Then have everyone pick out their favorites and make color patterns. Put them on a wooden kabob stick and – voila! – fruit is suddenly a little more tasty. To discourage browning on the apples, apply lemon or lime juice to the slices. The acid dispels the browning enzyme and you can dilute it 3 parts water to 1 part juice to avoid the acidic flavor.
Ants on a Log
This snack has been a way to trick children into eating celery for years and with so many different spreads to choose from you can really mix it up. Put out peanut butter, cream cheese and Nutella along with a variety of toppings like raisins, cranberries, or chocolate chips. Mix and match accordingly!
For a refreshing dessert that is also healthy whip up some Yogurt Delights. It’s easy — take some Greek yogurt and make a base in a small cup, then layer it with fruits like oranges or raspberries. After each layer add another layer of yogurt. Add a garnish to the top (chocolate shavings round it out nicely) then settle in to watch some gymnastics or swimming!
What are some of your favorite go to healthy snacks? We’d love to know!
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