Looking for quick for the kids? Fruit and veggie trays are great but sometimes kids aren’t always thrilled about a tray of cauliflower florets. And we all hate to admit it, but we know those ranches and veggie dips are usually LOADED with calories. Never fear, there are some simple ways to conjure up delicious flavorful snacks for your family and guests when you’re short on time. If you’re looking for fun and healthy snack recipes that get the kids involved, check out these quick and easy treats.
For those of you that enjoy savory treats with just a touch of sweet, here is a recipe for you. It only takes 10 minutes to make and at only 126 calories a serving, it’s perfect for snacking, whether you’re at home or on the go.
Quick Curried Popcorn
1 bag (2.9 oz each) gourmet popcorn, unpopped
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup wasabi peas
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Prepare popcorn according to package directions and remove all the unpopped kernels.
Transfer popped kernels to large resealable food storage bag. Add the dried pineapple, wasabi peas, peanuts and curry powder to bag. Seal and shake to combine. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.
Note: If you think it may be too spicy for your little ones, try this recipe without wasabi peas.
The second recipe is for kids (and adults) with a sweet tooth. The white chocolate and marshmallows gives the bars a melt in your mouth texture, while the dried cranberries add a little tanginess. These bars are also great for entertaining.
White Chocolate Popcorn Chews
No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 bag low fat microwave popcorn
1-1/4 cups of dried cranberries
1/2 cup white morsels
1/2 cup salted almonds, chopped
1- 1/3 cups miniature marshmallows (one 10.5 ounce package)
1/4 cup butter
Spray 13×9-inch baking pan and large bowl with cooking spray, you can use butter but cooking spray is faster and less messy.
Prepare the popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels and then combine popped corn, cranberries, morsels and almonds in bowl.
Place marshmallows and butter in medium sized glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes or until smooth when stirred. (Watch the mixture carefully so it doesn’t burn!)
Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss until coated evenly. Place in pan. Spray hands with cooking spray; press mixture evenly into pan.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, before cutting into small bars.
Author Bio: Brittany writes about healthy snacks and family nutrition on behalf of Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn. For these and more popcorn recipes and craft ideas, visit www.orville.com.