First of all, I want to point out that this picture of all the ingredients was taken by 5 year old Miss M, our budding photographer. I took a picture first then she asked for the camera. I regret, I mean I’m proud to say that her picture turned out better than mine.
The ingredients in the picture are for a project the girls and I made. I really like it when they help me makes something… just like my mom did when I was young.
At the girls’ age, I do most of the measuring and they do the pouring and mixing, but everyone has to start somewhere. By getting them involved in cooking and helping with our garden, I believe I’m empowering them to make healthy decisions as they grow up.
When I heard about the Snacktivate blog tour from Mom Central Consulting, I realized it would be another opportunity to emphasize the importance of healthy eating. When I checked out the site, the first thing I thought of was a superhero cartoon from way back when. “Wonder twin powers…SNACKTIVATE!”
Funny how silly phrases from your childhood really stick with you. I recall a lot of interesting things from my childhood. Like when my uncle caught my cousin and I eating sugar straight from the container. By the spoonful. We were supposed to be making iced tea or something. (Yes, we both grew up and ended up with weight issues in our adult lives.) Oh yeah, and that it is okay to not like liver and onions… but you still have to try it. And, of course, how cooking with mom was always fun.
As part of this promotion, the folks at Kelloggs and Mom Central supplied us with two boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats and some recipe ideas. After reviewing the various recipes, we decided to create a trail mix that called for Frosted Mini Wheats, pretzels, peanuts, raisins, peanut butter and Karo syrup.
My girls love cashews and we always have them in the house, so we replaced the peanuts with cashews. We also added some red raisins (known to us adults as Craisins) because Miss K loves those. It was an easy mix to create and gave the girls the opportunity to create a healthier snack alternative to the candy they just got from a few birthday parties. I’ll be honest, they did pick through for their favorite items… unfortunately, so did I. But it was still better than some things they could have chosen!
The Snactivate website has a lot of useful information, including downloadable recipes and brochures, as well as links to general nutrition guidelines. So if you’re looking for some new snacking ideas or even want to find a way to enjoy your breakfast cereal at other times of the day… stop by the Kellogg’s Snacktivate website!