Get Ready to Make Yummy Popcorn: Two Quick and Easy Snacks!
Are you a busy mother without a lot of time for cooking, baking and preparing detailed meals for your children? Would you like for your children to eat as healthy as possible, but also enjoy their food and look forward to eating your meals and treats? Are you looking for a way to save money and time while still producing delicious, homemade snacks that are good for your children? If you are, then try these two yummy popcorn treats. You can use microwave popcorn or your own air popper and corn. They are easy to make, and diverse enough that you can give them to your children on different days for a completely new tasting experience!
Pop one bag of regular popcorn in your microwave. While it still is hot, carefully open the bag, making sure to let out the steam slowly to avoid burning your hands. Empty the bag into a large mixing bowl. Set up a double boiler and slowly melt a handful of carmels in the double boiler. Repeat the process with a handful of semi sweet chocolate. While the chocolate and caramel still are hot, dip a spoon in the melted candies and then wave the spoon back and forth over the bowl of popcorn. Continue doing this and toss the popcorn around until the popcorn is fully coated. Top off this sweet and salty confection by lightly sprinkling coconut shavings on top. The coconut will stick to the chocolate and carmel, so that each time you eat the pop corn you get a little sweet and a little salty flavor.
Healthy Pop Corn Trail Mix
Pop one bag of healthy or low salt popcorn. Allow the corn to cool before dumping it into a mixing bowl. Make sure the kernels do not get into the bowl. Add one cup of your favorite dried fruit, such as cranberries or raisins. Follow with one cup of your favorite nuts, such as low salt cashews or peanuts. Add one cup of pretzels and one cup of karob (or chocolate) chips. You can purchase karob chips at a health foods store. They taste a little like chocolate, but are vegan-friendly. Mix these items together by lightly tossing, and then bag them, making sure that you get some of every ingredient in the bags. You can easily adapt this to your preferences with a variety of dried fruit and nuts.
These snacks are easy to make, and your children can make them with you! If your child is old enough, write their name on a few bags just for them and let them customize their snacks themselves.