Saturday, April 13, 2013

Creamy Peanut Butter Dip - Win

If your kiddos are like my Munchkin healthy snacks and protein can be hit and miss. Sometimes he'll eat LOADS of chicken and fish and yogurt, and some days he won't touch a bite and reverts to a carbohaulic. Sound familiar?
We're having a quite day in today (yay waking up to toddler-vomit) and I was searching Pinterest for an light and easy snack that would be easy on tummies (and waistlines) :D Enter recipe for Creamy Peanut Butter Dip!

Now when I made this I totally winged it - no recipe in front of me, only knowledge of ingredients. The recipe below is what I used, but the original link with actual recipe is below

2-3 tbsp nut butter (I used almond butter)
3-4 tbsp low fat plain greek yogurt
1/4 tsp honey
dash of cinnamon
Mix ingredients
Slice up various fruit (we used Granny Smith apples), dip, and enjoy!

Whole think took about 3 minutes to create.

Apparently my photo won't rotate

Now if you search for this recipe it says it makes multiple portions. Unless you're like me and totally end up loving this dip and could eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon. So maybe divide it up if you're watching calories.
Overall - definite win! Really tasty and light, but full of protein (yay Greek yogurt!). This would work for snacks or a desert as well. Munchkin didn't try any (see previous comment about iffy-tummy today) but I have some left over and I'll report back if he ever gets around to trying some.

Overall a great quick recipe!
Original link from Fit Sugar

Thursday, April 11, 2013

DIY Parachute Craft - Win!

This past weekend was a cold and crappy Sunday, complete with snow. Yay Calgary! We decided to stay inside and have a cozy family day which means crafts and baking. I'm always looking for new little crafts for the Munchkin and this looked like an easy winner

To make your Parachute
1 dinner sized napkin
Hole punch
Yarn or string
Paratrooper (we used a driver from one of Munchkins cars)

The instructions are simple
Spread out napkin (I decorated ours since plain white was boring)
Place clear tape on each corner on both sides of the napkin for support
Punch a hole in each corner, about an inch in
String yarn though holes
Tie two strands together
Tie a second knot in each already tied strand to create a little arm hole for your 'volunteer' paratrooper
Attach your paratrooper to the yarn

Then DROP!

This was a super cute and easy craft. Pictures will come - I didn't take any since I wasn't sure how this would go over.
Munchkin love it! It provided a whole 5 minutes of entertainment which is hours in when converted into toddler time.
A great little rainy day craft!

Original instructions can be found here:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Peanut Butter Fro-yo

In my never-ending search for the answer to 'how to get an ice cream fix without ice cream' I came across this at one of my favourite clean eating websites and figured I'd give it ago. My bananas are ear-marked for tomorrows banana bread so the Banana Ice Cream wasn't an option.

So here it is
1 serving Greek Yogurt (I used 3/4 cup of fat free Greek yogurt)
1 tbsp unsweetened coco powder
1 tbsp natural peanut butter (I used regular cause my boys HATE natural :( 
Stevia to taste (I used about 1/8 a tsp)

Combine ingredients so you get a mousse-like consistency in a freezer safe bowl.
Place lid on bowl and place in freezer for about 30min
When time is up let it thaw slightly then enjoy!

I'm kind of 50/50 on this one. I LOVE Greek yogurt, but this was still a little too yogurty for my sweet tooth craving. And I'm still getting used to the taste of Stevia since it (and other sugars) is not used regularly in my house. The consistency was really yummy. I'd probably up the PB and coco next time and see how that goes, or just use less yogurt.

So not a total win, but I'm hopeful.
I'll post tweaks as I go!