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Do you have trouble getting your children to eat healthy snacks throughout the day?
Or have trouble coming up with healthy snacks for your kids?
I used to!
With my girls being picky eaters, especially my 5 year old; I’ve realized how truly difficult it is to have my girls eat healthy snacks. That’s why this past year my two girls and I had an A to Z healthy snack challenge.
Over 26 weeks we came up with over 130 healthy snacks to eat. Some of the snacks immediately became favorite snacks that we all want to have on hand, while others weren’t so great. (It may have been a recipe I found, or the fact that it was the first time I tried making it. Don’t give up on the ones that didn’t work for us!)
Let’s have a look back on those 26 weeks, one letter at a time! With each letter, will come at least 5 healthy snacks. So, if you’re looking for snacks for your kids at home, or snacks to bring in to your childs school that starts with a specific letter; you’ve come to the right place!
If you’re interested in teaching your little ones the alphabet, with more than the use of snacks, you NEED to check out Prep Through Play: Letters!! Your little one will have tons of fun and conquer learning the entire alphabet in 5 weeks through playing games!
Check it out here!
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Snacks that Start with E
This week we focused on the letter E. It was quite a bit easier to come up with snacks this week than it was last week for the letter D.
This week we had 3 different snacks that were made out of eggplants. Two of them were actually really good. The other one; not so much.
My older daughter was super helpful this week, especially with preparing some of the snacks for her younger sister. Read on to see all 5, or 6, snacks we had this week.
If you missed last week, you can catch up here for the letter D. Or, go to the challenge homepage to find the letter you want to see the challenge for!
The first snack we had this week was gross, to say the least; they were eggplant chips.
I’m not sure if I made them wrong, or what, but my girls and I did not like them. Some were too burnt, while others were still squishy. I’m not sure how often you have eggplant, or if you’ve ever had it before. But, eggplants are a very squishy vegetable. So, this snack ended up being a miss. Luckily, the only miss of the week.
Just like previous weeks; if we end up having a miss one of the days of the week, we always try to make up for it with another snack that starts with the same letter. So, on Monday, we also had everything bagels.
It may not have had fruits or veggies in it, but it at least had some seeds on it that were healthy.
That counts, right?
Well, if not, then we did better for the rest of the week.
Ears of Corn
On Tuesday we had ears of corn.
We actually added this as a side to a meal, like most people probably do. Both my girls ate it. But, then again, that’s probably not much of a surprise; who doesn’t like corn?
It’s easy to make; just boil. And, it’s sweet. Fresh corn is so much better than frozen or canned, too. My girls didn’t want to eat it on the cob, so I did have to cut the corn off the cob for my girls. But, it’s still so simple to prepare; boil and cut the corn off the cob.
On Wednesday we had our first hit for eggplants. At least for myself and my younger daughter.
We made eggplant pizzas! I say we because my older daughter helped with these. She got to spread the sauce around and put the cheese and tomatoes and onions on. Even though she helped prepare them, she did not like them. I also made a few of the eggplant pizzas vegan by using nutritional yeast in place of the cheese. I actually liked the vegan version better. My younger daughter devoured two of these, one vegan and the other with cheese. We also had a regular pizza for dinner, not too long after we had these. I wasn’t sure if we would like these because of how Monday went. But they were delicious.
Thursday was another good day, as far as snacks went.
We had edamame!
Another very simple, yet delicious snack. My older daughter was another big helper for this snack. She only tried a few of these because she was too busy shooting them out of their shells to give to her sister. But. she loved them. I love it when they get along! And my younger daughter could not get enough of these; neither could I.
We went the easy way of making these and just bought a frozen bag to stick in the microwave; can’t always ignore convenience foods. It also gave me a chance to actually sit down for a moment, which was a nice change of pace. If you’re a stay at home mom or spend all day on your feet taking care of others you may be able to relate.
On Friday we had a huge hit, especially for my 15 month old.
We had eggplant fries!
And my younger daughter kept asking for more and more. I loved these, too. They were even better with marinara sauce, but that would’ve been way too messy for my little girl. My older daughter, however, was not much of a fan. She tried one and was not as impressed as her sister was with these.
I knew I wanted to make these this week and had tried to find a recipe. I found one that looked promising, but then saw that they would need to be boiled in oil; it just didn’t seem healthy enough.
So, I ended up just making these trial by error. One vital step I found when baking these in the oven is flipping them over halfway through to get them crispy on both sides.
No one likes soggy fries, and that was another challenge with these squishy vegetables; they need to be baked for at least 20 minutes. I have had a chance for more trials and errors, and came to a great success.
Check out the full recipe here: Excellent Eggplant Fries Recipe
To sum up this past week with a list,
5 SNACKS THAT START WITH E
- Eggplant Chips (and Everything Bagels)
- Ears of Corn
- Eggplant Pizza
- Eggplant Fries
Please share if you found this useful. Go ahead and try this challenge out yourself with your kids; we all know it can be a challenge to get our children eating healthy, and the more options we have to choose from, the more we can all be successful at finding something they will actually eat!!
It’s easier to show them how delicious fruits and veggies are now, than waiting til they’re older and hoping they will eat healthy. This is something we need to teach them and lead by example with.
If you would like to find out all of the other snacks we had on this challenge, from the rest of the alphabet, you can:
- go back to the home page for this challenge
- check out my post 130+ Healthy Snacks from A to Z
- sign up for a printable version (that you can hand out to other parents who need ideas for snacks to bring to their childrens school)
Leave a comment with other snacks that start with the letter E. And, don’t forget to check out snacks that start with the letter F!
Or, if you want an amazing bundle to help yourself and children be healthy, check out this bundle I created specifically for moms who want their children to eat better!