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Family Central: Kids in the Kitchen

Let spring break be a break for you parents as well – turn your kids loose in the kitchen and let them whip up their own snacks!

These two recipes are easy, healthy, and require just a little parental supervision. Yes, they might make a mess – but we totally believe that getting kids involved in cooking helps them build varied, healthy eating habits. (And, you can have another lesson after they’re finished – in kitchen cleanup!)

By the way, if your kids like to cook – bring them to our Kids’ Corner events, every other Wednesday at 3:30 pm, for ages 4 and up. Next Wednesday, March 21, we’ll be making fun recipes featuring fruit. There’s a one-time cost of $10, which gets your child a special kid-sized FRESH apron, which then serves as your ticket into future kids’ events.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter
2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds (use red and green apples for more variety)
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
3 Tbs FRESH Almond, Cashew or Peanut Butter
2 Tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tbs granola

If you won’t be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with your nut butter of choice, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches.

Coco Pop Pizza
FRESH Coco Pops
FRESH Almond, Cashew or Peanut Butter
Spreadable jam or jelly of choice
Fruit of choice (bananas, apples, strawberries and blueberries work best)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Spread nut butter generously on the coco pop. Layer jelly over the nut butter and top with fruit. If desired, add chocolate chips. Cut into triangles and enjoy.