Healthy Snacks & Meals Kids Can Prepare

Now that my children are getting older, they are open to eating more things which make me happy. All of children from my youngest to my oldest want to also learn how to cook and help mom in the kitchen. I love when they want to help and I encourage them to do so!

When you get your kids involved in preparing their own meals, the better chances of their food. Ask your children what types of healthy foods they like and keep on hand for when they get hungry. Below are different snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas that kids can help prepare themselves.

Snack Ideas That Kids Can Prepare

  • Veggies & Dip – This is one of the most easiest things that your child can prepare. In your fridge be sure to keep prepared veggies like baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumber, and bell peppers in easy reach. You will also want to keep small containers of your child’s favorite dipping sauces too like ranch, blue cheese or maybe hummus.
  • Ants On A Log – Celery and peanut butter is a healthy and delicious snack that many children enjoy. Let them have some fun by filling the celery logs with peanut butter and adding raisins to look like little ants.
  • Trail Mix – Buy a variety of peanuts and dried fruits and let your kids make their own trail mixes. Use Ziploc bags and let them prepare their own personalized trail mixes ahead of time. When these are stored air tight, they will last for weeks.

Breakfast Ideas That Kids Can Prepare

  • Smoothies – If you have a child that enjoys a variety of fruit, a great drink to let them make themselves is a homemade smoothie. Drinking a smoothie can also be a great way to get your kids off to a great start in the morning.
  • Yogurt Parfait – If your child enjoys yogurt allow them to give their yogurt some pizazz. Let them make a parfait by adding granola and other fresh fruit to their cup of yogurt.
  • Instant Oatmeal – A great breakfast choice is oatmeal. Buy the instant packages and let them make their own breakfast. Encourage them to add things like fruit, nuts or even peanut butter to give their oatmeal extra flavor.

Lunch & Dinner Ideas That Kids Can Prepare

  • Meat & Veggie Skewers – When you are grilling outside, a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies is by having them make their own arrangement of meats and veggies on a skewer. Provide a rainbow of veggies to get them excited and wanting to eat everything on their stick. Instead of meat and veggies you can also make these with fresh fruit and cheese!
  • Veggie Quesadillas – Many kids LOVE quesadillas. Give them healthy options to add inside their tortilla like bell peppers, mushrooms and low-fat cheese. To increase the fiber, be sure to buy the whole wheat flour tortillas. You can also get creative add fruit and meats like sausage too!
  • Taco Wraps – Another way your kids can get creative with tortillas. Make a taco bar with fat-free tortillas, meat, cheese and lots of colorful veggies so they can make their own healthy tacos.

These are just some ideas to get your children into making their own meals. Be sure to keep your fridge stocked with lots of healthy options and encourage your children to get creative in the kitchen. For more healthy snack and meal ideas, be sure to follow Horizon Organic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Recipe

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

When I was a kid I remember that I enjoyed sloppy joes. It was a food that was good and if you dropped some on your shirt or had some left on your face it was okay, it was from a sloppy joe and it was okay to get messy. Things haven’t changed, I still love my sloppy joes!

I will admit that most time that I make sloppy joes, the sauce comes from a can.  This is one of the foods that I consider “easy” meals and something that I don’t put that much time into making. Since I do love to cook from scratch and am always looking for a reason to use my slow cooker, I decided to make sloppy joes in it! Now for the recipe…

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Recipe type: Main Dish
A recipe for sloppy joes using a slow cooker.
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 1/ cup chopped bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs mustard
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • Pack of hamburger buns
  1. In a skillet add the ground beef and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until just browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients in skillet and stir until well mixed. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker and cook in low heat for 4-6 hours.
  3. Serve on hamburger bun and enjoy!

When is the last time you had a sloppy joe?


25 Taco Recipes For The TACO Lovers

25 Taco Recipes

One of my favorite things to eat is tacos! They don’t have to be boring either. Below you will find 25 recipes that are inspired by TACOS! The first six in the list are the six yummy recipes pictured above:

  1. Roasted Winter Squash Tacos
  2. Taco Cups
  3. Mexitalian – Taco Stuffed Shells
  4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos
  5. Taco Corn Bread Casserole
  6. Big Bang Shrimp Taco Boats
  7. Buffalo Shrimp Tacos
  8. Taco Pie
  9. Homemade Taco Bowls
  10. Baja Fish Tacos
  11. Turkey Taco Biscuit Cups
  12. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa
  13. So Bad So Good Tacos
  14. Mom’s Tacos
  15. Tater Tot Tacos
  16. Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Tacos
  17. Taco Salad
  18. Taco Cups
  19. Copycat Taco Bell Meximelts
  20. Fish Taco Enchiladas
  21. Crockpot Chicken Tacos
  22. Taco Farro
  23. Greek Stew Meat Tacos
  24. Turkey Taco Cups
  25. Mostly Raw Tacos

Which taco recipes would you like to try?


Don’t Miss The #SummerBeachBash At Bahama Breeze

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Bahama Breeze has a event that you might just want to take part, the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash that is featurig live music that brings the sounds of the islands to the patio. If you are looking for food, music and fun, this is the place to be…

While at Bahama Breeze be sure to try their new signature cocktail, the Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple that is a frozen drink that is served in a fresh cut pineapple! This is sthe must have drink of the summer…On Saturdays Bahama Breeze turns up the live music and they bring out the mojito bar. You can choose the fruit, the rum and then watch the bartenders make your summer cocktail.

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If you like to take selfies and will be at Bahama Breeze, be sure to participate in the #MyBBSelfie Instagram contest for a chance to WIN some #BahamaBreeze gift cards and swag. All you have to do is share a creative selfied showing that your having a great time at the Summer Bash.

If you have never been to Bahama Breeze, they have a great selection of food to choose from on their lunch and dinner menu like their Lobster & Shrimp Quesadilla, Black Bean BBQ Burger, Carnitas and more. They even have some delicious desserts on the menu that you will want to try that include their Chocolate Island, Banana Nut Bread Supreme or maybe their Key Lime Pie.

Take a peek at this fun video below that shows you about Bahama Breeze’s Ultimate Pineapple:


If you are looking for a fun destination to visit this summer, be sure take part in The Summer Beach Bash. You only have from now through August 3, 2014 to experience the fun before it is over…


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