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Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

It can be such a struggle to get my kids to try new foods. They want to eat the same things over and over. Luckily, they like to eat lots of fruit and some veggies, so I can’t complain too much. But I do strive to widen their palate while they are young, because I was such a picky eater growing up. Now I like many different foods and wish to expose my kids to a healthy variety and hope they like some of them. My children tend to eat small portions throughout the day, so I’m constantly searching for new recipes. If you are also in need of some new ideas, I’ve included 8 healthy snacks your kids will love in this post.

Click on the pictures for the original posts and recipes…

Oatmeal Energy Bites

Oatmeal energy bites are a tasty, filling bite of goodness your children will love. Mix 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey, and 1/4 cup ground flax-seed together in a bowl. Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can store them in a Ziploc bag for 3 or 4 days, but I doubt they will last that long. You can also substitute other ingredients your kids enjoy, such as fruit, nuts, or other small candies.

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

I have made these muffins a few times now, and they are delicious! Simply add 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 medium ripe bananas, 2 large eggs, 2 cups of oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda to a blender. Blend on high until smooth, then fold in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular is fine too). Pour the batter into a muffin pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the tops are set. This recipe would also make a delicious bread. I put my muffins in a zip lock back and they stayed good for a week.

Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

I LOVE this zucchini bread! I will warn you though, it is very rich and chocolatey. You might consider leaving out some of the cocoa powder or chocolate chips if you don’t want it to be too rich. Another suggestion I have is to puree the zucchini. It smooths out the texture so your kids won’t even know there are healthy vegetables in there! Check out the full recipe on the image above.

Healthy Apple Donuts

Who doesn’t love a snack with a healthy balance of fruit and candy! Theses healthy apple donuts allow your kids to use their imagination when creating their own snack. Use peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, melted chocolate or white chocolate, with sprinkles or chocolate chips, the list goes on.

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

These frozen yogurt covered blueberries are a real treat, and super easy to make. Just simply cover the blueberries with your child’s favorite flavor of yogurt and freeze. Store them in individual baggies and you’ve got a healthy ready to go snack when you need it. Click on the picture above to find other unique snack ideas.

Apple Turtle Snack

We all know that our children are more likely to eat something if it’s visually appealing. These sea turtle snacks are so cute, and your kids will think they are so fun! The post above has other appealing snacks with fruit, including a sheep, octopus, and an owl. Check it out!

Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a versatile snack that allows you to add your child’s favorite fruits, and maybe sneak in something new for them to try. You can also use up the fruit that is in your fridge so that it is not wasted. Use the recipe above or create your own. I tend to leave out the honey and lime and just mix the fruit together. I also like to serve this with cinnamon sugar pita chips.

Nutella and Banana Sushi

Another easy snack idea is the Nutella and banana sushi. Just spread Nutella on a tortilla, add your banana, and roll up. You can cut it into easy to grab slices for a yummy treat on the go.  Another option would be to use peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips with the banana. Other ideas in the link above include Frozen Fruit Yogurt Bark, Back Yard Bug Snacks, and Dolphin Banana and Fruit Cups.

I hope this post provided some new and unique snack options for you to try with your children. Looking for more ideas? Be sure to follow my Healthy Snack Ideas Pinterest Board. And I would love to hear about your kids’ favorite snacks in the comments!

 

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How to Cope When Anxiety Threatens to Overwhelm You

How to Cope When Anxiety Threatens to Overwhelm You

Anxiety is a silent, invisible condition that often shows little outward symptoms. You may appear fine to others while on the inside, you are struggling to keep it all together. Because it is so hard to explain to those who’ve never experienced it, people are quick to blame your symptoms on something else, instead of acknowledging that anxiety is a real, life altering ailment.

I am going to get very personal here. Many people do not know that I have dealt with anxiety since the birth of my children. I have kept it very private. I have episodes where it is difficult to breathe, and a weight settles on my chest. I struggle with being in social situations, and would rather hide from the world if I could. Some days are worse than others. It is physically and emotionally draining. Medication has helped quite a bit, but I still have days when I feel the effects of anxiety.

Anxiety is not something you can just will out of your life. Believe me, I’ve tried. It comes and goes as it pleases and you have no control over when it decides to show up. If you are experiencing anxiety, I urge you to discuss it with your doctor. There are many medications that can help you control those anxious feelings. Unfortunately, there will still be days that you struggle. I would like to share with you how to cope when anxiety threatens to overwhelm you. I have found these techniques helpful on those hard days, and I hope you do too.

Find Support

When dealing with anxiety, it is easy to stay closed off and keep how you are feeling inside. I’ve tried that, and it will only get worse if you don’t discuss your emotion state with someone. Find someone you can be open and honest with.  Ask them to be your support; to talk with you regularly, pray with you and for you. Talking it through and knowing you’ve got someone in your corner encouraging you can be helpful.

Deep Breathing

When those anxious thoughts become overwhelming, stop what you are doing, find a quiet place, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Taking just a couple of minutes to do this exercise can help calm you, and if needed, do this several times a day. I use my Fitbit to take relaxing breaths, and I find it very helpful, especially on days that are more stressful. If you don’t have a Fitbit, set a timer for 2 minutes, find a comfortable place to sit and just breathe.

Find Calming Activities

I love music, so it’s a natural outlet for dealing with anxiety. YouTube has music especially designed for anxiety relief that I use often. I’ve also created a playlist of my favorite worship songs that calm me. Coloring in the adult coloring books, writing, taking a walk, and reading a good book are other relaxing activities that I enjoy. Doing things that you love can help ease those exhausting anxious feelings.

Write Out Your Feelings

Keeping my thoughts written down in a journal has been very helpful in dealing with anxiety. I can freely express how I’m feeling, and getting those thoughts out is therapeutic for me. I also like to write down what I’m thankful for, to help me realign my perspective on the positive things in my life. I recently came across the idea of keeping track of my moods in a bullet journal. You label each day of the month with how you are feeling that day: happy, angry, sad, tired, worried/anxious. This is a great way to determine how many days you are feeling anxious, and you may discover some triggers that you can try to avoid.

Rely On God

Lastly, and most importantly, I’ve learned to let go of the things I cannot control, and put them in God’s hands. I do not have all the answers, but I know the One who does. When I’m feeling anxious, I pray, and I read my Bible. I find those scriptures that encourage me, and I repeat them over and over until I get the peace and the answers I need. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Psalm 91:1(AMPC)  – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand)

Philippians 4:6-8 (AMPC) – Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

For more inspiring scriptures, you can subscribe to my blog and check out my free resource: Encouraging Scriptures for Every Day Life. 

If you are dealing with anxiety, you are NOT alone. Please feel free to connect with me below, by email, or on social media. We are in this together!

And if you have any other tips to help those of us dealing with this condition, please share them in the comments!

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