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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!
Snacks that Start with V
This past week we focused on the letter V. I didn’t have to be as creative this past week with snacks, but it was still a slight challenge coming up with snacks that start with the letter V. The rest of the alphabet is probably going to be at least as challenging; I still have X and Z!!
If you would like to catch up with the other letters of the alphabet that have been accomplished with this challenge so far, you can. Go here to check out letter U if you missed that, or head over to the A to Z series homepage!
On Monday I made vegan pancakes, not for breakfast, but as a snack. Well, we had them for breakfast through out the week, too. But, that’s just because I always make more than what we can eat and then freeze them so we can have some without me having to stand over the stove for an hour making them again. So, if you’re looking for a quick snack and don’t already have these made up, I wouldn’t recommend these. But, they are delicious and my girls and I absolutely love them, especially with warmed peaches on top. So, if you have the time, they are worth it!!
Vegan French Toast
On Tuesday I attempted to make vegan french toast. Now, I have tried this in the past and they turned out horribly, and unfortunately, that happened again. I seem to always use a recipe that calls for banana and milk. Next time I attempt these I’m going to have to find a recipe that either; doesn’t use banana or find one that uses tofu. We were able to eat these, but they were not great. My daughters completely agreed with me. My younger daughter put them in the cup holder on her tray in her highchair (which is where she now puts food that she is done with, yay!! she doesn’t throw as much on the floor anymore) and my older daughter only had 1 piece and did not ask for anymore. Let me know if you have a recipe for vegan french toast that’s more than simply tolerable, I would really appreciate it and so would my girls!
Very Vanilla Nice Cream
On Wednesday I made very vanilla Nice cream in my food processor. This was actually the first time I used my food processor since moving, again, a little over a month ago. I also used it on Friday to make home made peanut butter because I had a jar of peanuts and no peanut butter and my 4 year old wanted peanut butter; she didn’t like the peanut butter I made, though. Her sister liked it! Both my girls loved the nice cream, and so did I!! I made it differently than usual. Of course there were bananas and soy milk and vanilla, but I also added a little bit of vanilla soy creamer. The creamer made the nice cream smoother and added a more vanilla flavor. It was delicious. I didn’t really measure anything out, so I don’t have an exact recipe for you, but you could always try to experiment with it. There’s not really much you can do to mess it up; if you add too much of one thing just add more of the other ingredients.
On Thursday I made veggie fries. Really, they were just homemade fries that I made with potatoes; potatoes are veggies. I was going to make sweet potato fries but the sweet potato I had looked weird when I cut into it, so I used red potatoes instead. They were pretty good, don’t tell my husband, but they’re better than when he makes them. I also don’t use as much oil as he does, I only very lightly coat them. My older daughter enjoyed them with me. My younger daughter didn’t seem to really like them, she took one bite and then didn’t touch them again.
On Friday I sauteed some veggies as a snack right before dinner. My girls were not impressed. They ate some of them, but they were a little disappointed in the snack because it wasn’t something super yummy. My younger daughter enjoyed these more so than my older daughter (whom I had to encourage to eat). We can’t always win when it comes to the food we make, and unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to make the food or how difficult it is; if we don’t like it, we don’t like it, and we just wasted time, food, and money. But, at least we know now not to make it again, or to try making it differently next time.
To sum up this past week with a list,
5 SNACKS THAT START WITH V
- Vegan Pancakes
- Vegan French Toast
- Very Vanilla Nice Cream
- Veggie 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 V. And, don’t forget to check out snacks that start with the letter W!
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!
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