Cutting sugar and salt from our kids' diet might seem easy, but when you've been relying on the same-old snacks when they come home from school starving, it's hard to get in a new groove.
Try this recipe for apple nachos, a wholesome, filling and fun snack that's full of nutrients. It comes courtesy of the American Heart Association, which recently recommended sugar limits for kids. Find more healthy kid-friendly recipes on the association's website.
1/3 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup sliced almonds, unsalted
2 tablespoons hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
3 red or green apples, cored and thinly sliced into about 12 pieces each
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons hot water
1/4 cup reduced fat, smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
In a small bowl, combine the dried cranberries or 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 a while, sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
Using the microwave or a teapot, bring 2 tablespoons of water to a boil. In a small bowl, combine the hot water, peanut butter and honey. Use a spoon and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Use the spoon to drizzle half of the peanut butter mixture over the plated apple slices. Sprinkle with half of the cranberry mixture. Layer the remaining apples on top and repeat with the remaining peanut butter and cranberry mixture.
This serves about six people.
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