Seeking something savory and sustaining, yet suitable for snacking? Or something nutritious that tempts the palette of children home for the summer?
Kids and adults alike can benefit from small, frequent meals or snacks between breakfast, lunch and dinner. But often it can be difficult to create variety.
It might be easy to grab a bag of chips and a soda on the way out the door, but with only a small amount of planning, healthy snacks can be a quick fix.
Using a muffin tin is a creative way to revive the idea of a smoothie (freezing a blended treat in cupcake liners for later "grab and go" convenience) or yogurt (a small amount in a mini muffin tin makes great frozen yogurt chips).
In fact, most fruit freezes well - especially when blended. Bananas can be peeled and frozen around a popsicle stick. Grapes freeze nicely and taste like popsicles upon thawing for a couple of minutes.
An inexpensive set of cookie cutters also will work wonders in generating kitchen and snack interest with kids. Cutting sandwiches, cheese, melon or other soft foods into interesting shapes creates instant appeal. If time allows for stacking all these cut items on a skewer stick, kids will delight in eating fruit and cheese kabobs.
In addition, the sandwich itself can be reinvented using other items in place of the bread such as lettuce, apple slices, whole wheat crackers or tortillas.
Here's to the discovery of new and interesting snack items in your home . and maybe a little bit of playing with your food!
Klein is a 1st degree Black Belt in taekwondo and practices at the U.S. Taekwondo Center, serving the region for 26 years. For more information, call 488-4321.