Quick and Easy Kid-Friendly Snack & Meal Ideas

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‘”Mommy, guess who is very busy right now?”

“Who?”

“Auntie Angie is very busy right now.”

“Oh really?”

“Yes. She’s busy baking us all kinds of treats! heheh”

Clearly, my nephew Ethan has been reading my blog! He said that to Kristi as they were flying to Ontario this weekend.

And he was right; it was a very busy weekend cleaning the house, stocking the fridge and freezer, cooking/baking, and wrapping gifts! I’m feeling pretty relaxed though because I didn’t leave everything to the last minute and I got all my meal planning done last week. I really don’t know who I am anymore!

This weekend, I channeled my inner child and tested out a couple kid-friendly snack and meal ideas that I can make while my nephews are here. They are also adult-friendly too of course (and aren’t we all just big kids at heart?).

1) Apple Sandwiches

with peanut butter, granola, vegan overnight oats, chocolate chips (or raisins), coconut

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I spotted this idea on Pinterest and I knew that it would be a hit with kids.

Just grab an apple, slice it crosswise, and then use a large pastry tip to punch a hole through the centre to make an ‘apple bagel’ slice.

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Then just layer on peanut butter, granola, VOO, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, etc…anything you desire! These will be really fun to make with my nephews because they can create their own.

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2) Chunky Whole Fruit Popsicles

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Ange told me about these popsicles and I knew I had to make them for my nephews. All you do is cut up your favourite fruit, drop it into a popsicle mold, and then fill up the remaining space with juice. Freeze overnight.

For the juice, I used this delicious pineapple coconut juice. It’s also clear, so the fruit shows through quite a bit.

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They taste great and I’m sure the boys will love ‘em on those hot days!

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3) Carrot Spice Muffins 

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My nephews love muffins, so I will definitely be making a batch of Carrot muffins while they are here!

4) Fruit Pizza with Avocado Lime Whip on a Cinnamon Sugar Crust

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This dessert pizza is not only packed with nutrients, but it’s a hit with everyone who tries it. Kids can also help make the pizza too.

5) Green Monsters & Smoothies

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My nephews love Green Monsters & Smoothies, so we’ll be making lots of these this week.

6) Easy Cheezy Crackers & Homemade Hummus

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These crackers are not only my favs, but they are extremely quick to make and the dough is easy to roll! Kids will have fun using cookie cutters to create all kinds of shapes. They go great with Cheezy Hummus or my favourite homemade hummus.

7) Frosty No Bake Chocolate Cookies

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Seconds to whip up, these freezer cookies are great for the summer and filled with healthy ingredients like chia seeds and rolled oats, but the kids won’t know the difference.

8.) Lightened Up Summer Granola

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My nephews love granola with milk for breakfast, so a batch of this will definitely go quick!

9) Almond Butter Rice Crisp treats

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It’s a bold statement, but I think these Almond Butter Rice Crisp treats are better than the ones I used to make as a kid. Even better, they have ingredients that you can feel good about!

As you know, I’m not usually a meal planner, but when I’m playing hostess for a week and kids are involved, I like to plan ahead.

This week’s kid-friendly meal plan:

Monday: Hawaiian stir-fry with coconut rice

Tuesday: Potluck dinner @ family gathering (I’m contributing Back on Track Wheatberry salad and dessert)

Wednesday: BBQ homemade burgers, roasted veggies, fries, Weekend Glow Kale Salad 

Thursday: They will be away this night so Eric and I will probably grab something easy

Friday: Restaurant

Saturday: Build your own pizza night (so excited for this!) + salad (Kerrie and the family join us for the weekend)

Sunday: Pasta dish/casserole (TBD), garlic bread, salad, etc

Lunch ideas: Mac ‘n cheese (using this sauce), peas, and veggie dogs, grilled cheese, sandwiches/subs, etc. 

If only I could be this organized every week!

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Today is the BIG day- The Great Fundraising Blogger Charity Auction! All proceeds go to our dear friend Susan from The Great Balancing Act who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Susan a few times and she is an amazing, fun, and caring person. She’s been fighting her cancer with strength, grace, and positivity that has touched me deeply and everyone who follows her journey. [You can read Susan’s story here].

The lovely Janetha rallied the blogging community together to support Susan with this huge fundraiser..and it’s bigger than we ever dreamed it would be! The blogging community is powerful beyond measure and I know this fundraiser is going to be a huge success.

I have donated 20 Glo Bars up for auction and will ship to anyone in the US or Canada and there are hundreds of other amazing auction items to bid on! It runs from 8am EST until 4-11pm EST (staggered closing) TODAY July 25th.

Head on over and support a great cause! I’m off to submit some bids!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 25, 2011

Wow, they’re going to leave full! Too cute that your nephew is excited to come visit and eat all of your tasty foods.
Also, love those apple sandwiches! We do something similar at home only we cut the apple horizontally, remove the filling, and fill it up with soy yogurt + granola and then top it with the apple insides.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 25, 2011

Looks like the kiddies are going to be SUPER well-fed! And your popsicles look great! Isn’t Pinterest marvellous?! I could spend hours pinning stuff on it. I hope you have a wonderful time with your nephews Ange! :)

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 25, 2011

I’m in love with those popsicles – They’re so bright and fun! I’ll have to try those next time I’m entertaining kiddos. But I think I’ll try the apple “sandwich” right now for myself!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg July 25, 2011

Those popsicles are adorable! I’d like them for myself!

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Jennifer Baldwin July 25, 2011

These look divine…I am making your popsicles today !!!
Thanks :)
I just posted a peaches and cream wheatberries cereal recipe that my little ones LOVE … you may want to give it a try on your nephews ;) http://www.healthymammas.com

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Courtney July 25, 2011

Yum the popcycles turned out great and I think I am going to try out the crackers today!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 25, 2011

Love the apple sandwich idea! And the build your own pizzas are going to be a HUGE hit, I’m sure. there’s nothing more fun that getting to participate in creating your dinner (or is that just me? LOL!). :)

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Ashley July 25, 2011

Wow what lucky nephews!! Sounds like you have an amazing week of food ahead of you. :)

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 25, 2011

Your lucky nephews! The apple sandwiches are beyond cute :)

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kate July 25, 2011

wow your menu sounds great can I come?

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) July 25, 2011

the fruit pizza and apple sandwiches look AWESOME! great post!

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Faith @ For the Health of It July 25, 2011

Those fruit pops sound so amazing right about now, as it’s reaching 105 here in Orlando! Mmmm, nice and cool…

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Laura @ The First Mess July 25, 2011

Those popsicles! I need one! Does that pineapple and coconut juice have coconut water in it? Sounds delish.

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Kelley @ Just Call Me Jack July 25, 2011

Wow, these definitely look ‘adult friendly’ too. Yum yum.

The auction is a great idea. I’m headed over there now!

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Charlie July 25, 2011

Your popsicles looks so good! I only use juice in mine but I definitely need to add fresh fruit :).
And Hawaiian Stir-Fry with Coconut Rice? I want that tonight too!!

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life July 25, 2011

For the apple sandwiches, can you pick them up and bite through them? I’m afraid they’d be so messy! I suppose thin slices + not too much filling would be manageable for small mouths.

Those popsicles look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

If they are too big you can just use the halves :)

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Nikita July 25, 2011

I love the idea of those apple sandwiches! They would be good “open face” too, I think, because knowing me, I would surely get peanut butter all over myself when I bit in to one!

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Bee Goes Bananas July 25, 2011

Everything looks so delicious! I want to make it all!

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Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 25, 2011

I am so grateful for this post today! School starts in three weeks and I have to start thinking about school lunches again. My daughter isn’t the pickiest kid in the world, but packing her lunch isn’t always the easiest thing. I feel like I just pack the same three things all the time! The apple sandwich will be a hit for sure (with almond butter as she’s in a peanut free school) and I love making her muffins with veggies in them (carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

Thanks Lindsey, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy July 25, 2011

Wow these all look fabulous! Have a fun week with your nephews! The menu looks amazing!

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Shanna, Like Banana July 25, 2011

I think you can put ‘pizza’ in the title of anything and any kid (or adult) would love it! ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

so true!

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justine July 25, 2011

when i started seriously getting into cooking a few months ago, i started planning my meals every week: i’m about the least organized person i know, but we were getting so much waste food and making too many extra grocery store trips. so now, the day before grocery day, i skim through recipes i want to try/old favorites and make a list of everything i don’t have. it works really well: we spend less on groceries, waste less food (unless a recipe i try ends up being a bust…), and eat out WAY WAY WAY less. i’m just less inclined to be all “oh let’s just go out for dinner” if i know i have all the stuff for a particular meal.

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Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 25, 2011

All of those look great. I’m not a kid but I’d eat it all! :)

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Cait's Plate July 25, 2011

I love how the blogging community has gathered around Susan. I’ve never met her but when I heard what happened my heart broke for her. This is such a wonderful thing that everyone is doing.

Also – these snacks look perfect – and while I’m not a kid, very much “me” friendly as well :)

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Georgina July 25, 2011

Wonderful kid-friendly choices! Thank you for the auction link. I didn’t know Susan. What a story. Our prayers for her full recovery!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

She’s an amazing woman that’s for sure.

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ittybitsofbalance July 25, 2011

Those apple sandwiches are adorable! :)

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Hayley @ Oat Couture July 25, 2011

Ooh those ice lollies look amazing! So refreshing!! :)

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Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) July 25, 2011

Man, your nephew is the luckiest kid on earth right now! I’m jealous!

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Bee @ B*tchy Bee July 25, 2011

Oh my! Those apple sandwiches are adorable! I am definitely going to make those. And that fruit pizza is making me hungry just looking at it. Yum :)

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 25, 2011

it could be 10C and I would still want no bakes. I’d just eat them with really, really, hot coffee.

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 25, 2011

sorry, 1C

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

:) me too!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat July 25, 2011

Beautiful, colorful, vibrant food as always. We’re just getting the heat of summer now. The fruit pops will be great!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 25, 2011

So what does it mean if I’m almost 26 and find all of these treats extremely appealing? ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

that’s a good thing, we can be kids at heart together!

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worldbysmith July 25, 2011

wow, this post is sensational. I have two young kids and as hard as I try I sometimes lose it in the the inspiration.health department and cave into giving them something that I am less than pleased with. These are GREAT ideas, thank you for sharing your inspiration. Have a great time with your nephews they are going to go home happy, healthy and full!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 25, 2011

Those Apple Sandwiches are so creative! All of the food looks yummy – but with this heat, I’m currently craving those fruit pops. Yum!

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Char July 25, 2011

Omg love the ideas!! Favouriting this page, because I’m definitely a kid at heart :D <3

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Allison July 25, 2011

Those apple sandwiches look awesome! Definitely a snack for adults too…

I’ve also been dying to try that fruit pizza since I first started reading your blog! Now that it’s popped up twice more maybe it’s time to get on that! I think it’s a sign… ;)

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Zestful Lou July 25, 2011

That granola is on the agenda for today!! I love summer vacation and not working for a month…it means I can cook and bake all day! Becoming a teacher was definitely a good decision. ;-)

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 25, 2011

I am so impressed with how well the auction is going so far!!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011

Me too! I can’t stop bidding, lol.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 25, 2011

fruit pizza and the apple sandwiches are definitely on my list, they both look so good!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 25, 2011

What cute recipes and something any kid would love to eat! Even this one! :-)

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The Teenage Taste July 25, 2011

You sound like “The Favorite Aunt” for sure, Anglea! I love the chunky fruit bar idea. SOOO much healthier than the corn syrup and artifical flavor-laden store-bought kind! :-P

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