Healthy Snacks

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Snacks are a hot topic in our home lately. Haha! The challenge for me has been to keep my very picky almost 3 year old interested in what I serve and keep it healthy! So in this article I’ll be sharing with you three of my little girl’s favorite healthy snacks (admittedly on the sweet side) and how I try to put as much nourishment as possible in to them.

Cocoa Avocado Pudding
Avocado is packed with nutrients and is specifically high in monounsaturated fats, potassium, vitamin K, carotenoids and fiber. When blended it’s creamy smooth and we just LOVE it! My 3 year old devours it in any form! Here is the recipe. It’s quick, tasty and easy to make!

Ingredients and Instructions
Put all of the following ingredients in to a blender:

One ripe avocado
¼ cup milk of your choice
1 ½ tablespoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Honey to taste

Blend until desired consistency is reached. Add milk a tablespoon at a time if mix is too thick. Serves 2. The cocoa can also be substituted with a scoop of chocolate protein or meal replacement to really make this packed with nutrients! If you do add more powder, you’ll have to add more milk to balance out the texture. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time, so that you don’t accidentally make an avocado chocolate soup.
Walnut Chocolate Energy Bites
This recipe is adapted from a recipe I found directly on A. Vogel’s website. The original recipe is called Almond-Chocolate Energy Bites. The recipe uses Natur® Cacao Spread and it has peanut butter in it. I’m usually sensitive to peanut butter (which is sad because I LOVE it), but I didn’t have any reaction to this one and I am loving it!

In my recipe I used some homemade walnut butter instead of almond butter (because walnut is my favorite nut butter), but you could use any nut butter and Natur® has a very tasty Almond Butter. There is actually a lot you can do with these Natur ® nut butters, but I only have so much space on my page! These nut balls are high energy from all the nut butter fats, they are filling, toddler approved and they keep you going for hours! Here is the recipe:

1 cup of rolled oats
¾ cup of walnut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
¼ cup of Natur ® Cacao Spread
40mL of Maple Syrup
¼ cup cacao powder

1) Place rolled oats in a vitamix, food processor or blender and blend until they are cut down to flower consistency.
2) Mix all ingredients together except maple syrup in a bowl.
3) Add maple syrup to taste.
4) Roll mixture in to 1 inch round balls
5) Rolls balls in cacao powder and then store in an airtight container
6) Refrigerate
Fortified Dairy Free Yogurt
We do our best to not consume dairy at home and so we’re been using Silk’s Plain Coconut Yoghurt. The taste and texture is almost exactly the same as yoghurt made from dairy and we get a medicinal dose of high quality probiotics, which are great for everything from gut health to immune health and mental health!

Ingredients and Instructions
Mix all of the following in a serving sized bowl of your choice:
Silk Coconut Yoghurt
Fruit of choice – we prefer chopped strawberries or whole blueberries
Powdered probiotic (we currently use HMF Toddler+ Pro)
Honey to taste

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