The moms of Vitals are an exemplary bunch. They’re fiercely devoted to what’s most important to them: their crafts (with each making major contributions to the Vitals mission) and, most of all, their children.
And their dedication to raising healthy, happy children is especially evident through the creative and wholesome snacks they prepare for them.
We polled the mothers at Vitals for healthy snack ideas for kids, and have gathered our favorites to share with our readers. Bon appetit!
Kiesha’s Banana (Faux) Ice Cream
Kiesha may put in a lot of hours as Director of Business Development for Vitals, but she still always finds time to make this healthy treat for her daughter. This dairy and sweetener free treat is easy to make and sure to please. The only ingredient you’ll need is a couple of bananas!
- Pick a couple of ripe (but not too mushy) bananas, peel, and cut them into coin-like pieces.
- Freeze them for at least 1-2 hours.
- In a food processor or blender, blend and scrape along the sides of the container until the mixture becomes creamy.
- If you care to, add in extras like peanut butter or granola, then blend some more.
- Serve as is (with a soft serve-like texture) or seal in an airtight container and freeze again for harder ice cream.
Joelene’s Low-Carb, Low-Sugar Mini Quiches
As a Senior Marketing Manager, Joelene knows a thing or two about being resourceful, and that goes for the kitchen as well. These mini quiches turn leftovers into fun-to-eat snacks. You’ll need:
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheese
- 5 spears asparagus, chopped small
- 1/2 cup chopped onion, pan-browned
- 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare 2 mini muffin pans (12 each) by spraying with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until thoroughly combined.
- Divide mixture into the 24 pans. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until muffins are lightly brown.
- Cool in pan for 3 minutes before removing and cooling in wire rack
Gina’s Homemade Granola Bars
Marketing Manager Gina goes above and beyond to maintain the integrity of the Vitals brand. She does the same for her daughter’s diet by serving her these homemade granola bars. For 12-16 bars, you’ll need:
- 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cup dried fruit, or a mix of dried fruit
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
- Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
- While the mixture is still warm, stir in the honey, vanilla and salt until the mixture is well coated, then the dried fruit. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and press, press, press it in (wet fingers and/or a silicon spatula work great for this) until the mixture is packed as tightly as possible.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares — your best serrated knife is great for this.
Stephanie’s Fruit Skewers
Office Manager/HR Admin Stephanie is used to catering to the varied needs of the Vitals staff, but the most high-maintenance of all her charges by far is her young son. Stephanie uses one of the many tricks she has up her sleeve when it comes to getting her son to eat fruit:
“I cut fruit into little cubes and stick them on toothpicks like a skewer. No recipe needed, just cut, stick, and display nicely so that he thinks it’s fun to eat!”
In addition to serving wholesome snacks, keep your kids healthy by keeping up with their regular pediatrician appointments. To find a trusted pediatrician near you, use the Vitals Doctor Finder.