Sunday, July 27, 2008

Snacktivate!


You may have read that I have recently been seeing a holistic nutritionist. I am really enjoying try to get healthy, but making those changes for my children have not been so easy. That is why I was thrilled when Mom Central teamed up with Kellogg’s for the Snacktivate Blog Tour!

Kellogg’s Snacktivate Web site offers great ideas and recipes for moms to make snack time healthy for children. Kellogg’s sent us two boxes of Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal and some recipes so I could try out a few healthy snack ideas. All of their ideas are great because they are all recipes kids can help with, and my kids are definitely more apt to try something new if they created it themselves.

My kids are like me in the fact that they looooove cookies. (I drool like Homer Simpson when I think of homemade cookies!) The day we received the boxes of Frosted Mini-Wheats in the mail, I made the their recipe of Sassy SunDrop Cookies, which can be found on their Web site. It is a basic peanut butter cookie recipe with crushed Mini-Wheats added to the batter. Just as a side note, I think the best way to crush the cereal is to put it in a large Ziploc bag and bang the hell out of it with the flat side of a meat tenderizer. That way you can be productive and take out some aggression – multi-tasking!

Those cookies were delicious!!! I actually made a double batch, and not just because between me and my two kids, we eat half the batter. In addition to the kids loving the cookies, my husband couldn’t stop eating them. I was happy that I found a sneaky way to get a little extra fiber and more vitamins into everyone’s diet.

In addition to the cereal, we also received a Kellogg’s snack cup in the mail. I have never seen anything like it!

Hello! Coolest thing EVER! If you love cereal like me (my absolute favorite cereal is Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Gold), this is great. You can freeze the bottom portion, and then pour your milk in it, so your milk will stay cold. The top cup screws onto it, and you add your cereal to that. On the go cereal!!! Awesome idea!

For more great healthy snacktime recipes, visit the Kellogg’s Snacktivate Web site. They offer recipes for quesadillas, muffins, parfaits, apple pie, you name it! In addition, the Snacktivate Web site offers comprehensive nutritional information and sensible snacking solutions. Visit their Web site today for some great ideas!

Now, I love peanut butter cookies, but I love chocolate chip cookies even more. So, I created my own recipe for Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies (below), using the crushed Mini-Wheats. They are YUM-O!!!

1 cup butter-flavored Crisco
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 beaten eggs
2 ½ cups wheat flour
1 cups crushed Frosted Mini-Wheats
1 12 oz. bag chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Cream Crisco and sugars together. Add baking soda, salt, vanilla and beaten eggs. Mix well. Add wheat flour, and stir it in. Add crushed cereal and chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.

3. Form dough into walnut-sized balls, and place on cookie sheet. Press them down with a greased fork in a criss-cross pattern (same as peanut butter cookies), or just flatten them a little bit with the palm of your hand.

4. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack until they are completely cool. Enjoy!!

1 comment:

Midwest Mommy said...

All I can say is YUM! Thanks for sharing.