Your New Year’s resolution may have been to get in shape or eat more healthily but that’s not always so easy. Here are some quick and easy snacks you can make ahead to snack on later when you get a craving.
Baked Apple Chips
All you’ll need for this one is some apples and brown sugar. Simply cut the apples up in whatever shape you’d like and sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Preheat oven at 200 degrees then bake chips for 1 hour. After an hour, flip the chips over and bake for another hour or until moisture has completely left.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Slice up the bananas into equally sized little pieces. Melt some dark chocolate (healthier than milk chocolate) and lay out some wax paper. Spread the peanut butter between two banana pieces, like a sandwich. Once the chocolate is adequately melted, dip half of the banana sandwich into the chocolate and set on the wax paper to harden. As soon as you’ve filled an entire wax sheet, put it in the freezer so that it hardens more quickly.
Greek Yogurt Covered Blueberries
Greek yogurt is a better choice than your average yogurt because it has quite a bit of protein in it as well as calcium. Put some wax paper on a cookie sheet and make enough room in your freezer to put it. Place a blueberry on a toothpick or a skewer and dip it into the yogurt. Make sure to get the entire blueberry covered then take it off and place on the wax paper. Once the sheet is full, pop it in the freezer for 30 mins and voila! Of course you’ll need to keep the blueberries in the freezer when you’re not eating them so they don’t melt.
Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips
These are similar to the apple chips above. Slice up the zucchini to form chips and lay out on a cookie sheet. Spray the chips with some olive oil then sprinkle some parmesan and garlic powder on top of the chips. Bake them at 250 degrees until chips are crisp and browning.
Celery sticks and peanut butter
Hummus and carrot sticks
Hard boiled eggs
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?
Christmas is a time for giving and receiving as well as spending time together. Sometimes it can be difficult finding activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. We’ve made it easier for you and put together a Christmas activity list as well as some fun DIYs to do as a family.
Activities to do as a family:
- Ice skating
- Soup kitchen volunteering
- 5k run/walk
- Christmas cookie baking and decorating
- Go to an old movie theatre where they show old movies
- Put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
- Crafts/DIY projects such as the following
Crafts/DIYs to do as a family:
- Stuffed animal replacement: if your children have gotten new stuffed animals for Christmas, there may not be enough room for their old ones. A good way to preserve the memory of their favorite toys is by spray painting the front of the stuffed animal and pressing it down onto a canvas. Choose opposing colors of spray paint and canvas so that it shows up well.
- Family date night: grab some popsicle sticks and a mason jar. Have each person write down a couple of family date night ideas they would like to have throughout the year. It can be anything from a movie night to craft night to reading a book together.
- Canvas family portrait: sometimes there needs to be a new decor item in the house. There’s no better way to fill an empty wall than by putting up a family portrait. Have each person in your family draw themselves on a canvas and have your most artistic family member draw a replica of your house.
- T-shirt quilt: have each one of your family members pick our three or four t-shirts that they don’t want or don’t wear anymore and make a quilt together. You can pick out several different fabrics to fill in the various empty squares as well as a patterned fabric that represents your family to go around the edge. If you would like to get really creative, have your family photo printed out on a piece of fabric and place that in the center of the quilt.
What are some activities you do with your family on Christmas day?
Christmas is just around the corner so it’s time to start putting together those last-minute Christmas stocking stuffers. We have rounded up multiple DIYs for you to try out this holiday season on your last few days before the gift giving begins. Follow these easy directions and your family will enjoy the perfect stocking stuffer they didn’t know they were missing.
Pumpkin Spice Lip Gloss
- 2 tbps of petroleum jelly
- 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice mix
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Lip gloss container
Melt the petroleum jelly in a container in the microwave into completely liquid. Once liquified, add the pumpkin spice mix and the cinnamon and stir well. Pour the mixture into the lip gloss container and refrigerate for 20 minutes so that it hardens correctly.
- Jar with lid
- Figurine (whatever you want that will fit inside the jar)
- Water resistant glue
Put some of the water resistant glue onto the lid of the jar where you will place the figurine. Apply the glue to the bottom of the figurine as well and glue the bottom of the lid and the figurine together. Pour however much glitter you want into the jar and fill the jar with water. Once you’re ready to put the lid on the jar, apply the water resistant glue around the edge of the lid then twist the lid onto the jar. By applying glue on the edges, you’re making sure no water will leak from the lid. Once you are satisfied with the tightness of the lid, flip the jar over so that it is standing up right from the lid.
- Marbles with flat bottom
- Images (anything you want)
Place the marble onto the image and trace around the marble. Cut out the shape of the image and glue it face up, to the bottom of the marble. By having the image under the marble, it will magnify the image. Then glue the magnet to the bottom of the image. Some great images would be animals, words, family portraits.
What are some stocking stuffers you’ve made for your family?