Healthy Snacks & Sweet Treats Magazine

5 Craveable Healthy Sweet Snacks

Here is a collection of five of my favorite quick and healthy sweet snacks. They are perfect for any time of the day, whether it's after dinner, mid-day, or if you're like me, the occasional breakfast. 
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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy sweet snacks or chocolate desserts

Okay. So, do you ever have intense chocolate cravings but nothing in the house to snack on? Or are you trying to eat healthier, but still don't want to deny yourselves an indulgent chocolate snack?  If either of these sound like you, and please know, they both sound like me, then you'll fall in love with this healthy sweet snack.  Chocolate pudding can be super healthy and the recipe below is fast and easy since you cook it in the microwave. 

Healthy sweet snacks or chocolate desserts

Ingredients

Recipe brought to you by: Sulpice Better Bites - Healthy Sweet Snacks

Serves: 4

1/2 cup white sugar (or your favorite sugar substitue such as Swerve)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large, microwave safe bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa, salt and cornstarch.
  2. Slowly, add the milk, whisking the entire time to prevent lumps.
  3. Put the mixture in the microwave and cook on high for 2.5 minutes. Stir. Return to the microwave and cook for another 3 minutes, stopping and stirring every 1 minute. The pudding should be smooth, thick and shiny. If it’s too liquidy, cook for an additional minute, but be careful not to overcook as the pudding can bubble up over the sides of the bowl.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming, and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
    *option 1: omit the cocoa powder to make a vanilla pudding

photo credit: flickr user: Charles Haynes 

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Easy Watermelon Sorbet-No Churn Needed

Easy Watermelon Sorbet-No Churn Needed

I saw the first hint of spring pop up in the produce aisle.  Watermelons. Of course, I couldn’t resist as just thinking of them makes my mouth water and since my 3 year old has an insatiable sweet tooth, I decided to whip up a healthy sweet treat: watermelon sorbet. It’s sweet, indulgent and secretly healthy. So, what’s not to love.
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Fun & Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats
The weather outside of Chicago, where I live, has finally started to cool down. So, my family and I have been taking walks around the neighborhood more often.  It's really exciting to see all the decorations that are starting to pop up for Halloween and it has me thinking about Trick or Treat time. 
On one hand, I want to keep my kitchen stocked with healthy treats, but on the other hand, I want to have fun, holiday inspired treats. So, I've come up with a few healthy or at least healthier sweet treat options.
Little Orange Pumpkins / Jack-O-Lanterns: There is not much compromising with these cuties, pun intended. The jack-o-lanterns are just easy-to-peel clementines that I drew a smiley face on and the little pumpkin is one that I peeled and put a bit of celery on top for a stem. Super easy and super yummy.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Ghostly Meringues: Meringues taste like crunchy little clouds of flavored sugar and are the perfect sweet snack when you want just a little something sweet. When making them, I don't skimp on the vanilla and use real vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste.  Trust me here, its really worth it and for the eyes and mouth, just use a bit of chocolate sauce.
Banana Ghosts: Did you ever notice how a banana cut in half looks like a ghost? Well try pushing in a chocolate chip for the mouth and two mini chips for the eyes. Now do you see it? A perfectly simple banana ghost.
Lastly, of course, I want to remind you about our amazing Better Bites, chocolate covered peanut butter cup bites.  They are the most amazing tasting sweet treat out there. In fact, they are so delicious, its tough to say that they're healthy candy, but they are!
 I hope that these Halloween treat ideas work for you and your family and if you have any other thoughts, let me know!
Photo Credit: Ghosts: flickr user: cozinhando fantasias
Photo Credit: Pumpkins: Me!
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3 Easy Tips for Healthy Snacks for Kids

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The best healthy snacks for kids are any healthy snacks your kids will not only eat, but enjoy. Now the trick is getting them to try them in the first place.
Fruit & veggies cut into fun shapes – This one is fun for everyone. Instead of the usual fruit and veggie chunks, you can buy metal cookie cutters pretty cheap and cut out fun shapes like stars and hearts. For a bit of protein, you can try this same trick with pieces of an omelet. It’s a nice way to brighten both your kids and your day with a happy, healthy snack.

 Let your kids help cook healthy snacks and meals – I’ve noticed that my son is much more likely to eat healthy snacks when he helps me to cook. Whether its adding cheese to his favorite quesadilla or stirring, if he helps “cook” he is usually more excited to eat.
Healthy Snacks for Kids
Hide healthy ingredients in their favorite foods - this one is my favorite and the inspiration behind Better Bites. Although it’s best to teach kids to enjoy healthy foods in all its forms, sometimes we just have to be real and realize kids are kids. Some days my kids love raisins and some days they will throw them across the floor.
I hope that these easy healthy snack ideas help you and your family as much as they do ours. Please let me know if they worked for you or if you have any ideas that work for your family.
Thanks for stopping by!
photo credit: flickr user: Anathea Utely
photo credit: flickr user: Joy
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