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Healthy Snacks

If you bake it, they will eat it - so why not make it healthy? Whether you are monitoring the health of your family or just your own, you are probably aware that convenience often determines the food of choice. By filling your refrigerator and cupboards with healthy selections, you'll have something quick to grab that satisfies your hunger without the empty calories.

Sweet Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

3/4 cup quick-cook rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped


1. Butter an 8 inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine dry ingredients (flour through cinnamon) in a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.

3. Add next four ingredients (butter through vanilla) and stir well.

4. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.

About 12 bars.


Dill Dip

High in protein and low in fat.

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
½ cup plain, low-fat yogurt
2 Tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried dill
½ tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until very smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables.

Other Healthy Snack Ideas
-Smoothies! Click here for recipes.
-Fresh fruit and vegetables, already cut up.
-Trail Mix (go easy on the M&Ms, though)
-Individual serving containers of yogurt, string cheese, baby gouda, etc.
-Pumpkin seeds, soy nuts, sesame sticks, and a whole assortment of interesting choices from the bulk section of your local health food store.

 

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