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Arctic Zero: Better-for-You (and your family) Frozen Treats

With a weakness for nighttime snacking and kids always asking for treats, Arctic Zero is a life saver. It’s a better-for-you frozen treat the whole family will love.

Learn about this yummy treat and enter a giveaway to win a pint for yourself!

Better-For-You and your family frozen treats - Arctic Zero

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Sunday Shortcuts: How to find healthy food at the Mall of America

I’m starting a new series!

We each have the little things we do each day to make our lives just a bit easier. Most, we take for granted and just do, but I’m going to share a small thing -or shortcuts I take to make things easier – each Sunday!

Sunday Shortcuts: tips and tricks to make my life easier, and maybe your life too

I’m starting out with this tip because we were at the Mall of America yesterday and, due to a lack of groceries, I didn’t have much on hand for portable, healthy snacks.

I would imagine this tip isn’t exclusive to the Mall of America. You just have to think outside the box when you are out and about and could use some healthy snack options.

So, without further ado, here is the first Sunday Shortcut:

How to find healthy food at the Mall of America (and anywhere)

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Indulge Mindfully: Ginnybakes organic, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan cookies

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Y’know I jump at the chance to review new things, so when healthier cookies came up for review through Moms Meet I jumped extra high!

Who doesn’t love cookies!?!

Ginny Bakes is an awesome line of gluten free, vegan, non-gmo pre-packaged cookies, minis, fruit and nut bars, and baking mixes. They are delicious!

Cookie Monster loves organic, gluten free, non-gmo, kosher, and vegan cookies

Indulge Mindfully

This is something I’m working on…  As I work to get to my healthy goal weight, I seem to have more success with an all-or-nothing approach.  I’ve been struggling this past year with finding balance.  My goal has been to incorporate treats into my life in a way that is still in line with a healthy lifestyle but without leaving me feeling deprived.

It’s still a work in progress and my biggest struggle.  Healthy meals are easier, stopping with just a small treat is hard!

 

Luckily, Ginnybakes line of products include so many tasty treat that I can feel good indulging in.

The pre-packaged cookies come in a huge variety of flavors and are super tasty!  As with most gluten-free treats, there is a bit of a firmer texture but plenty of flavor!  My favorite were the Butter Crisp Love cookies – they are so buttery and yummy!

Ginny Baka butter crisp love cookies

Once I had a little more time, my Little Lady and I made some Chocolate Chip cookies using the baking mix.

Yum! Soft and delicious!

Ginny Bakes chocolate chip cookie mix

Ginnybakes also has a line of fruit and nut bars that are so good!  I love something I can take on the go. My absolute favorite is the apricot bar. I wish for that one all the time!

Ginny Bakes fruit and nut bars

Another convenient snacking option are the Ginnybakes Minis. I brought these along to our summer activities for the kids. I also had a little fun and made mini banana “ice cream” sandwiches with them.

Ginny Bakes mini banana "ice cream" sandwiches

Have I made you hungry yet?

Well, now I’ll make you happy.

Ginnybakes products are:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Non GMO
  • Organic
  • Kosher

That’s a treat you can feel happy about!  Another thing I love is how great Ginny is.  She’s so responsive on social media so you have to follow her!  I follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the store locator on ginnybakes.com to find ginnybakes locations near you.

Have you tried any Ginny Bakes products?

Which sound the best to you?

20 Healthy Snacks Kids LOVE {and a lunch bag giveaway!}

I can’t even believe it’s back-to-school time already!

Whew! Those summers go fast! I’m definitely not rushing through the time we have left, but I am ready to get a jump start on planning for school lunches for my step-daughter, afternoon snacks for my new pre-schooler (insert Momma “my baby!” squeal here!), and anytime snacks for my snack-tastic little lady.

Fortunately, snacks are pretty common around here so we keep them as healthy as possible. It’s not uncommon for our lunches to look like snack time either.

Healthy Snacks lunch

So, I’ve compiled a list of all our favorite snacks for home and at school. Also, if you’re good on snack ideas but could use a new lunch bag, scroll to the end and enter to win a ThirtyOne lunch bag courtesy of Chiquita!

Healthy snacks Kids LOVE - great list of perfect snacks for kiddos (and they're healthy too... Shhh...)

20 Healthy Snacks Kids LOVE

1. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bites

We just discovered these recently and gave it a try with fat-free vanilla yogurt and blueberries. It might not be a great school lunch snack unless you’re able to keep it very cold. For little ones or an after-school snack, these are great and could definitely pass for a dessert!

25 Healthy Snacks Kids LOVE - Blueberry Yogurt Bites

2. Banana

For some fun take a toothpick to the peel and write a message that will turn brown by lunchtime.

3. Fruit with Cottage Cheese

This is one my mom used to do. When I was younger canned peaches with cottage cheese was a common snack. There’s something about the canned peaches (not packed in syrup) that brings back childhood memories for me, but other fresh fruits would taste great too.

4. Frozen Grapes

5. Almonds

Almonds are one of our favorites. I suppose this wouldn’t work for but-free schools, but I like to take pre-portioned almonds as an on-the-go snack because they are so easy and there is no mess. The Dollar Tree has small plastic containers that are the perfect 1/4 cup serving size.

6. Homemade Smoothies

7. Celery Sticks (with nut butter for dipping)

8. String Cheese

My kiddos’ favorite! Also, pre-packaged snacks are so easy! My tip: stop buying “light” string cheese! The flavor of the regular ones more than makes up for the couple calories your saving and satisfies much more.

9. Dried Fruit

Healthy snacks kids LOVE - dried fruit

10. Applesauce Packets

11. Jazzed-Up Plain Yogurt

I love knowing exactly what is going into my kiddos’ little bodies.  One way to do that is to mix our own yogurt flavors with our own toppings.  I’ll take old small jars (pimento jars are the perfect size and have a mouth wide enough for a spoon) and fill with plain yogurt and top with whatever fresh fruit we have on hand, or send so e granola to throw in.  If we didn’t have fruit I’ve used jam, and as special treat I’ve sweetened with sprinkles in yellow and blue so they mix to green when stirred.

12. Pretzels

13. Cucumber Slices

My kiddos love cucumber slices plain, and I love that they are good for them and pretty mess-free. For something a little more exciting, I like to sprinkle them with a little lemon pepper, or you could spread some tuna mixed with cottage cheese on each slice.

14. Carrot Chips or Sticks

15. Fruit Leather

You can buy some real-fruit fruit leather, but I’m excited to give this a whirl in my new dehydrator! From my understanding, with a little applesauce base and some puréed fruit I can have some for my kiddos straight from our kitchen!

16. Granola or Fruit and Nut bars

Healthy snacks kids LOVE - fruit and nut bars

17. Broccoli “Trees”

18. Frozen Peas

My little ones to crazy for these! They love them frozen more than cooked, and they taste so sweet and probably feel great for young ones who are teething!

19. Raisins or Craisin packs

20. Chiquita Apple Bites

These are great because there are a few different varieties to choose from. The larger bags of sliced apples are great for my little ones when I don’t know if they’ll eat a whole apple. The individual servings of sliced red, green, or peeled apples are perfect for throwing into school lunches. For kiddos like mine who haven’t tasted the deliciousness of apples and caramel, the small bags of apples with little Carmel cups inside were a huge hit! I expected my little ones to use the apples as a spoon just for the caramel but they ate the whole bag of apples!

25 Healthy Snacks Kids LOVE - Chiquita Bites

My kiddos loved trying the Chiquita Bites! They will definitely be going in my step-daughter’s lunches once school starts up because they are so easy!

Speaking of lunches….

The folks at Chiquita want to make sure you go back-to-school with a snazzy new lunch bag, and they’re giving away an awesome ThirtyOne bag to one of you!

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Good luck all!

I want to hear your favorite healthy snacks for kids in the comments – I love getting new ideas!