I have a 4 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. My son is involved in a martial arts class and soccer and my daughter is in gymnastics and dance. Needless to say, we are on the go a lot of the time. On top of that, kids at their age can be really finicky about what they eat and are also extremely unpleasant when they are tired.
Stores obviously offer a lot of convenience in the way of packaged pre-portioned snacks. The only issue is that the majority of these are not healthy or are just downright awful for you. If it was left up to the kids, they’d just eat cookies and goldfish crackers all day, but that wasn’t cutting it for me.
Let me make sure that I am clear on something: finding healthy snacks for small children is really hard. But it’s also absolutely necessary. I don’t want to instill the idea in my children’s heads that eating out of convenience is the right thing to do. That will just put them on a path to convenience store snacks and fast food sandwiches. Definitely happening if I have any say in that.
I had to delve pretty deep to find snacks that might be interesting to my children. Luckily, they really enjoyed fruit, peanut butter and dark chocolate, so I was able to incorporate some of those things so that they’d at least give things a fair shot.
It looked like the best way to make decent sized batches of these snacks was to do it with a food processor. I did some serious online research and found the KitchenWorksinc website. I purchased a Cuisinart custom 14 food processor.
I found a recipe for something called energy balls. They’re no bake, and they’re best served chilled. There are so many variations out there: banana nut, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter and chocolate, cherry and chocolate and et cetera. They’re often made with oats and dates for sweetening, which sure beats sugar.
Spoiler alert: they were actually a hit with the kids. I couldn’t believe that they weren’t being fussy over it. They even ask for them when I don’t have any made up. What’s even better is that they’re always loaded with protein and keep the kids’ energy at a good level.
I know I got really lucky with this situation and that only happens a handful of times with young kids. I couldn’t be happier about them developing a taste for healthy things at such a young age, and about them developing healthy habits that will stick with them for a lifetime. I’m so thankful that my Cuisinart food processor makes it that much easier for me to keep my little ones healthy.