Ozarks Tonight: Healthful, Fun Snacks with the Kids

Ozarks Tonight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Parents this one is for you. With kids at home more now that they are not going to school, and maybe you are also working from home, it can be a bit overwhelming, and healthy meals might not be a priority as you reach for something quick and convenient.

But one health expert says that doesn’t need to be the case. 

Amanda Allen, a dietitian at Hy-Vee, has some ideas on how to make healthy snacks and meals for, and with, the kids. 

Allen says one easy way is to shop Hy-Vee time savers. 

  • One quick option for protein is a rotisserie chicken. You can make chicken tacos or chicken soup. 
  • You also have the option of purchasing pre-chopped produced. 
  • Quick grab-and-go apples, berries, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots are already prepped and ready to eat! 

Other quick options: Kodiak Cake Oatmeal or Waffles

            Morning Glory Black Bean Burges

            Dairy: Yogurt & Cheese Sticks

Amanda’s recipe: 

Black Bean Soup:

      2 cans undrained, 1 jar salsa, 1 Tbsp. cumin, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder

A fun activity to do with the kids: 

     Health Market: Bulk Trail Mix or buy trail mix items separately and have your kiddos make their blend. You can even use pantry items you already have, such as dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, cereal, etc.

Allen says you can also boost the nutrition in your pasta, or even mac and cheese, by mixing in a bag of broccoli, tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or tuna or chicken. 

Other ways to get kids involved in the kitchen: 

  • Have them pre-wash and dry your produce
  • Have them set anything that needs to be thawed for dinner in the fridge
  • Have them plan out meals or snacks for the week.

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