Who's ready for summer? There are so many fun things to do with your family this time of year at the Lake of the Ozarks. While the temptation may be in the air, when it comes to food, with the BBQs and fish frys, but there are HEALTHY, delicious summer recipes out there for you that can keep you and your kiddos happy. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you 3 healthy summer snack recipes for kids, we found online, in this week's blog.
3 Healthy Summer Snack Recipes For Kids
1. 4 Ingredient Cheesy Carrot Crackers
1 1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 large egg
1 cup flour, whole wheat
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the grated carrot and water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook in high for 3 minutes.
Drain the carrots and then use a clean cloth to squeeze out the excess liquid.
Put the carrots, cheese and eggs in a food processor and pulse until well blended. You can process them more or less, depending on the texture you want. The more you do, they less obvious the carrot will be. 😉
Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time, pulsing in-between, just until you reach a dough consistency. You don’t want it to be too sticky, or too dry.
Lightly flour your work surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut to desired shapes. I just used a pizza cutter to cut long strips and then small 1 inch squares.
Put shapes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Sprinkle with a little course sea salt (optional).
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are crispy and slightly brown on the edges.
Store leftovers in an airtight container.
2. Quinoa Stuffed Mini Bell Nachos Recipe
1 lb mini bell peppers
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
plain Greek yogurt
Rinse peppers, slice in half and scoop seeds out.
Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat liner.
To cook quinoa, use this method.
When cooked, fluff with a fork and add taco seasoning.
Stuff each pepper with quinoa.
Sprinkle desired toppings on the stuffed peppers.
Place in the oven heated to Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove from the oven.
Place a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and salsa on each nacho.
3. STRAWBERRY SALSA & BAKED CINNAMON CHIPS
Serves: 4 servings
1 lb fresh strawberries, chopped
2 whole kiwi, peeled and chopped
½ a lime, juiced
Baked Cinnamon Chips
4 Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon raw coconut sugar in shaker bottle
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash and chop the fruit for the salsa, mix it together in a bowl, and add the lime juice. If it needs a little sweetness you can add a teaspoon of honey or pure maple syrup, but the fruit will usually be sweet enough on it's own.
Brush both sides of the tortillas with melted coconut oil. Then stack them all together and cut into 8 triangles.
Arrange the triangles in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with foil. If they overlap, they won't crisp as well.
Sprinkle each triangle lightly with the cinnamon mixture. Flip them over and sprinkle the other side too.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through, and make sure you check the chips often so that they don't burn. They are finished when the edges get dry and crispy. The center will still be slightly flexible, but they will crisp even more as they cool.
Allow to cool slightly and test the texture. If they aren't quite crisp enough, return to the oven for 2-3 minutes.
Once they are mostly cool, remove from the pan and enjoy with your fresh salsa! Keep leftovers of salsa in the fridge and eat quickly, after about 24 hours the fruit will breakdown and get soupy. Keep leftover chips in a sealed ziplock bag.
Have A Happy, Healthy Summer!
All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that you have a fun summer with your loved ones. Do you have an established family doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks yet? If not, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have been providing quality health care in Central Missouri since 1979. To learn more about our services and physicians, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.
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