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Three Effortless, Tasty and Healthy Kids' Snacks

Sometimes I find myself allowing Alex to snack on the same things day in and day out (goldfish, cheese sticks, and rolled ham feature regularly). Of course, if he had his way, he'd have the spoon in the Nutella jar for breakfast, lunch and dinner (just like his mother). There's nothing miraculous or noteworthy about these little snack ideas but they're tempting enough to stop even me from reaching for the candy bar. OPTION #1: GREEK YOGHURT, AGAVE SYRUP AND STRAWBERRIES (GLUTEN FREE)
1/4 cup whole milk plain greek yoghurt (I love the Fage brand) 1/2 tsp agave syrup (or to taste) (You could use honey but not for babies under 12 months of age) 1 strawberry, crushed with fork Crush the strawberry in the bowl before roughly incorporating the yoghurt and agave. Alternatively, raspberries are delicious this way, although the little seeds make them not so popular with kids. OPTION #2: WHOLE WHEAT CRACKER, PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICHES
This is my favourite snack, obviously because it's the most fattening. 4 whole wheat crackers (I cheated and used Jacob's cream crackers) 8 banana slices Organic peanut butter Drizzle of agave syrup (optional) Dash of ground cinnamon (optional) Spread 4 crackers with peanut butter and place 4 banana slices on two of them. Drizzle some agave syrup and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Place the other crackers on top to form sandwiches. OPTION #3: HOMEMADE LEMONADE JELLO BLOCKS WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES (GLUTEN FREE)
Gelatine has numerous health benefits, including but not limited to aiding digestion, joint, skin and nail health. Homemade jello is SO EASY. Honestly, it's no more difficult than making regular boxed jello. I thought this would be a fun take on summer lemonade. You could also use a pre-made lemonade or a regular fruit juice (just watch the corn syrup), especially if you don't live in a warm climate where lemons are abundant. You'll want the juice to be a little too sweet for drinking, as I find to be the case with the Simply Lemonade brand, which tends to lose its sweetness when you add the gelatine. Version 1 (Easy) 4 cups pre-made lemonade (or other juice) 1 box Knox powdered gelatine (4 packets) Blueberries, for garnishing Add 4 packets powdered gelatine to a bowl with 1 cup cold juice and let stand for 1 minute. Heat 3 cups of juice to boiling. Add bowl of gelatine mixture to hot juice and stir well until gelatine has dissolved. Pour into 13 x 9 x 2" dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Once set, cut into 1" squares and garnish with blueberries. OR Version 2 1 cup lemon juice (about 6 lemons) 1 cup white cane sugar 2 1/2 cups water 1 box Knox powdered gelatine (4 packets) Blueberries, for garnishing Add 4 packets powdered gelatine to a bowl with 1 cup cold water and let stand for 1 minute. In a small pot, boil mixture of 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water until sugar has dissolved and no crystals remain. Add bowl of gelatine mixture to hot lemonade and stir well until gelatine has dissolved. Pour into 13 x 9 x 2" dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Once set, cut into 1" squares and garnish with blueberries.

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