I have no recipe of my own to post today, instead, the title links to The Cleaner Plate Club site where you can learn how to make kale chips. Kale what? Chips. Very tasty, what few I could wrest away from my toddler and greedily munch. She was pretty possessive of the entire bowl. Imagine that, vegetables as snacks.
I struggled with the snack meal. Little toddler bellies need to eat more often, I've noticed, but I had to wrestle with the concept of snack and what could be snack. Perhaps it is conditioning, but the very word "snack" conjures up chips, crackers, cookies, all those processed, packaged items in the center aisles of the store.
I've had to redefine snack in our world. And, thanks to recipes like kale chips, (Thanks Allison!) I can keep the variety going even as I try to put out healthy items. Here are the things I love to make for snack most; fresh fruit, cheese, milk, wholegrain (no trans fat) crackers low salt, edamame (soy beans either shelled or in the pods for extra fun), dried fruits, nuts (if your kiddo does not have allergies), yogurt with fresh fruit, cottage cheese.
These are the things I am okay with serving once in a while; wholegrain pretzels, a small bit of dark chocolate (hey, I am not completely mean!), soy crisps, wholegrain bread with fruit spread, 100-percent juice cut with water.
And, now, kale chips! I'll keep looking for new recipes like this, and I will try hard to create some. Many thanks to The Cleaner Plate Club's Allison for posting this!