Are you ever nervous to bring healthier options to social gatherings? Are you worried about getting the reputation of that unapproachable free-range-organic-momasaurus? Or nervous that you might offend another parent because you’re doing something different? Don’t panic. You can make a point about healthy food without making a fuss or a scene.
I attend a playgroup for mothers with young children. The traditional toddler snack served was the famous fish-shaped crackers and animal crackers. This was the norm because it was easy. I don’t have a problem with easy. I just have a problem with easy and over-processed, over-sugared, and over sodium-ed. Our adorable children sometimes suck out all of our brain cells so we can forget that a bag of baby carrots is just as easy to serve as a bag of crackers.
On Friday I was fearLESS and brought some sliced apples, carrot sticks, cheese cubes, and some yummy peanut butter yogurt dip. It took me about 10 minutes of chopping and mixing. Too long? Nope. The best part about this FearLESS Friday was that it wasn’t about showing off. I could have made whole-grain organic graham crackers from scratch or built elaborate flowers out of exotic fruits. But easy and healthy are friends and any mom can do this.
Are you dying to know how my snack was received? The kids polished off the apples, cheese cubes, and most of the carrots. I made a LOT of the Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip, so I am not sure how much was eaten. But my boys quickly polished off the rest of the carrots and dip in the car while I chatted with another mom.
You're only four ingredients away from a delicious dip. Serve it with bananas, strawberries, apples, celery, and carrots. Easily doubles or triples for serving to large groups of ferocious toddlers.
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey, agave nectar, or brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together with a spoon until consistency is nice and smooth.
- Serve along side with fresh fruits and vegetables that you have on hand. Apples, bananas, strawberries, celery, and carrots work well. This also works well as a spread on bread with thin slices of bananas and strawberries.
You may substitute vanilla flavored yogurt or pre-sweetened peanut butter (like Jif), just taste it before you add any honey. You may find it is sweet enough.
How were you fearLESS this week? Do you have other ideas for easy play group snacks for toddlers? Let us know all about it in a comment below or on the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook page.
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