5 Yummy and healthy snacks to make a family TV viewing session fun


by Aarti Kapur Singh

Here are five yummy and healthy snacks to make a family TV viewing session fun

It is that time of the year again when cozy quilts, cuddles and movie marathons define evenings that are too cold to go out to the park and play. Family bonding gets a whole new meaning when there is a crowd around the TV and warm munchies do the rounds. Sometimes the trick to getting your kids to eat healthily is to get them involved in the cooking. Something about being part of the process can make children that much more interested in trying something new. Here are 5 yummy and healthy snacks to make a family TV viewing session fun.yummy and healthy snacks 01

1. Mixed nuts energy bars

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 Cup pitted dates; 1/4 Cup hazelnuts; 1/4 Cup grated coconut; 1/4 Cup dried figs; 1/4 Cup pistachios; 1/4 Cup roasted peanuts; 1/4 Cup roasted cashews; 1/4 Cup almonds; 1/4 Cup walnuts; 1/4 Cup raisins

Procedure:

Combine the nuts, dry fruits and dates in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up, but don’t churn continuously. When you see that the mixture is completely broken down and balls or clumps are forming, pulse for another quick minute. Then put the mixture into a thick glass bowl with butter paper and press into a firm layer. Chill for at least an hour or overnight. When done, divide the mixture into bars using a really sharp knife. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper, and store in the fridge.

2. Chocolate Bananas

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is an easy recipe for chocolate-dipped bananas. For extra fun use your favorite nuts, candies or cookies to coat the bananas.

Ingredients:

½ Cup white butter; 4 Medium sized bananas; 450 Gms milk chocolate; 1 Tablespoon coarsely powdered cornflakes

Procedure:

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate until smooth. Gently mix the cornflake powder into the chocolate. Cut each banana into 1-inch slices and put a toothpick or a satay stick through the center. Dip a banana slice into the chocolate and let it settle on wax paper (draped over a baking sheet). Repeat this with all the slices. Sprinkle some finely chopped nuts on top or colored sprinkles, if you like. Let the chocolate covered bananas cool down in the refrigerator for 2 hours and then enjoy!yummy and healthy snacks 02

3. Vegetable Pancakes

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2 Cups (300g) flour; 1/2 Tbsp baking soda; 6 Eggs; 4-5 Cups of mix vegetables, Finely chopped or grated; 1/2 to 1 Cup grated cheese; A drop of milk; Olive oil; Sour cream, to serve

Procedure:

Mix flour, eggs, veggies, and cheese together in a large bowl. Add seasoning, then add enough milk to the mixture until it is slightly runny. Heat a frying pan with a small amount of olive oil and drop a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan, patting into a neat circle. Cook on a medium heat until golden on each side. Serve with sour cream.yummy and healthy snacks 03

4. Cheddar Cheese Crackers

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Instead of munching on store-bought, preservative-laden chips, and crackers from a packet, why not make some of your own. If you like, you can use cookie cutters to cut them into cute and interesting shapes.

Ingredients:

2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese; 1 Cup whole wheat flour; ½ Teaspoon salt; 1/2 Teaspoon oregano flakes – or any other herbs you may like to add; 6 Tablespoons softened unsalted butter

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Put the cheese, flour, salt and half the herbs in a food processor and pulse several times to combine. Then add the butter and pulse until ball forms. Take the dough out of the food processor and form a big ball with your hands to incorporate well. The dough generally comes out fine, but you may need to add a little bit of water (just a few drops) if your dough is not well formed. Roll out dough on a floured surface or on top of parchment paper. You don’t want it too thin because the crackers could break easily. Cut into fun shapes with your favorite cookie cutters or if you don’t have any, just cut into little squares with a knife. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until golden brown, on top of parchment paper, greasing it with a little bit of butter to prevent sticking. Enjoy your crackers while they last.yummy and healthy snacks 04

5. Fruit and Peanut utter Bruschetta

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Peanut butter instantly takes everyone back to childhood memories. While you can always use store-bought peanut butter, there is nothing like making some at home fresh – minus the added preservatives. For making peanut butter at home, lightly roast shelled peanuts in an oven or in a wok till they brown slightly and smell nutty. Simply blitz these peanuts in a food processor till they turn into a creamy and shiny paste. You can add some honey and a little salt for flavor. And this is how you make the bruschetta:

Ingredients:

Bread slices; Fruits of your choice – bananas, strawberries, kiwis or apples – diced; Peanut butter

Procedure:

Toast the bread till crisp, spread peanut butter and sprinkle the diced fruit on top. You could add a pinch of cinnamon powder on top if you like.yummy and healthy snacks 05

 

 

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