Healthy Snacks + A Giveaway!

My family is happy.

Why?

They have a selection of new snacks!

I have been preparing delicious (and healthy!) Peanut Butter Kisses, varieties of “power bars,” whole grain applesauce bread, and homemade fruit leather with the recipes from the Healthy Snacks to Go eBook by the lovely Katie of Kitchen Stewardship.

I am tickled to say “I knew her when…,” as she would leave insightful comments here at Frugal Granola before she established her incredible Kitchen Stewardship site. (If you have a real food research question, she probably has the answer; a very thorough one, no doubt! Good stuff.)

Recently, when I posted some frugal living tips at Getting Freedom, I received quite a few inquiries, asking what my family eats for snacks. I don’t buy packaged “snack foods,” and rely on a monthly co-op delivery for the majority of our groceries.

This means, I can have a pantry full of ingredients, and no ready-made snacks for my family when we’re heading out the door. However, I try to plan for “snack-making” as I prepare our family’s meals, so that we have something to much on during our frequent road trips. Healthy Snacks to Go has made this even easier for me!

I typically prepare snack items at the beginning of the week, stocking my fridge and pantry with “finger foods”). We have enjoyed snacking on:

  • Sliced Fruits or Vegetables (Avocado is great for baby!)
  • Cheese (Make your own “string cheese” by slicing chunks of mozzarella!)
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Homemade Trail Mix (with crispy nuts)
  • Homemade Tortillas with Homemade Hummus, Cream Cheese, or Peanut Butter
  • Homemade Crackers/Cookies (sometimes with dips/spreads)
  • Stove-Popped Popcorn
  • Cottage Cheese or Homemade Yogurt
  • Leftover Muffins/Pancakes/Waffles
  • Brown Rice with Cheese or Cinnamon
  • Meatballs
  • Frozen Peas or Berries (Great for toddlers!)
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits

You can also see my list of Nourishing Portable Snacks here. But even with these ideas, our snacks were getting kind of monotonous. Katie’s eBook has gotten us out of the rut!

I had never made “power bar” type recipes, since I don’t have a food processor or a quality blender; I thought it would be impossible. But with finely chopping the ingredients, I was able to quickly make “snack balls” that are perfect for car trips! (Some versions are “stickier” than others; some were easier to prepare by adding an extra drizzle of coconut oil or honey, and chilling in the fridge for a few minutes before rolling out.)

I also adapted her delicious whole wheat muffin recipe to make a moist gluten-free applesauce bread that we all love. I used the “reduced sugar” version, with honey.

I also discovered that if you overbake the applesauce fruit rolls recipe by forgetting them in the oven, it will turn into “apple chips.” Oops. A fun mistake, though! I was so disappointed when my organic potatoes didn’t arrive with my co-op delivery; I was really looking forward to making Katie’s Tater Skin Crispies!

Katie of Kitchen Stewardship has graciously offered to giveaway TWO copies of her Healthy Snacks To Go ebook!

To enter this giveaway, visit Kitchen Stewardship, and leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know which recipe you most want to try!

For additional entries (leave a comment for each one you do, so that it can be counted):

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Hungry? I’m hoping to win the Healthy Snacks eBook from @kitchenstew in the giveaway with @frugalgranola here–> http://bit.ly/b4tEsm

  • Post about this giveaway on your Facebook Wall or Blog.

This giveaway will close Sunday night the 27th, and I will announce the winner on Monday, June 28th.

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