Maybe you started off the summer with visions of feeding your kids healthy meals and snacks galore, making their little hearts sing with fruit and veggie-loving delight. Yes! you said to yourself. It can’t be that hard! I’ll just find some cute, creative ideas on Pinterest to turn fruits and veggies into appealing treats. You know, something simple and easy to whip up in a flash, like…
And then, somewhere along the way, it the “fruit” part turned into fruit snacks, the veggies were nixed entirely, and the feeding part turned into, well, this:
It’s ok. We’ve all been there. But if your best-laid summer plans for healthy snacks have gone a bit off the rails, it’s not too late to get back on track. Did you know that the American Heart Association has an entire website of simple, heart-healthy recipes? These Apple Nachos from the AHA’s recipe repertoire turn an everyday snack into something a little more special—without a ton of effort or any fancy ingredients. Apple slices are layered with healthy toppings of cranberries, nuts, and a peanut butter drizzle to achieve a “nacho” effect. Kids can even get involved with the preparation by sprinkling their own toppings. It’s a simple kid-pleaser that’s big on taste and presentation.
From all of us at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, have a safe and healthy rest of your summer!
1/3 c. dried, unsweetened cranberries or raisins
1/4 c. sliced, unsalted almonds
2 Tbsp. hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
3 red or green apples
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. water
1/4 c. reduced-fat smooth peanut butter
1 Tbsp. honey
- In a small bowl, combine dried cranberries/raisins, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
- Core each apple and thinly slice into about 12 pieces each. Layer half the apples onto a large plate or platter. If the apple slices will be sitting out for awhile, sprinkle them with the lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Using the microwave or a teapot, bring 2 Tbsp. water to a boil. In a small bowl, combine water, peanut butter, and honey. Stir mixture until smooth.
- Drizzle half the peanut butter mixture over the apples on the platter, then sprinkle with half the cranberry mixture. Layer the remaining apples on top and repeat with remaining peanut butter and cranberry mixture. Serve.