about a month ago i decided to start cutting processed foods out of our diet where i could. i'm definitely still learning and trying to find a balance that works for my family, but so far it has been a good challenge for me. snacks for my son seem to be the biggest change so far. it's hard because he's in the young toddler phase where he doesn't have a lot of teeth and is pretty picky, so soft fruit, crackers and snack bars seem to be my go-to snacks for him. unfortunately, most crackers and snack bars are heavily processed, dyed, and have lists of ingredients that i can't even pronounce. not quite what i want to feed my son....
in my research i found this great site with lots of recipes and ideas for snacks, meals, etc. it's been a great resource on my little journey so far. in the comments section on one of the healthy snack posts, someone posted a homemade graham cracker recipe. it sounded great so i whipped it up as soon as i read it and love the results. here's the recipe:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1. mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
2. in a separate bowl mix together the melted butter and the honey.
3. add honey/butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir until combined.
4. drop mixture onto cookie sheet and roll out, making sure the edges reach the sides of the cookie sheet.
5. bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees, cut quickly once out of the oven.
tips: i used a glass to roll the mixture once it was on the cookie sheet. my cookie sheet was 10.5x15.5 inches, though i probably could have used a larger sheet and rolled them thinner since they puff up in the oven. it really just depends on what you want though. and i poked holes with a fork just for looks, you don't have to do that. :)
here's a picture so you can see they are quite a bit thicker than store bought graham crackers. they are a lot more filling, too, which is great.
my son l o v e s these. he's never cared too much for any other kind of graham crackers/sticks/animals i have bought him, but he gobbles these right up and asks for more. and i love the fact that they are made from whole ingredients and have zero sugar.
anyone have other healthy toddler snack ideas? ever tried cutting out/down processed foods? if so, what did you think?
i have another great cracker recipe to share next week, these two recipes have changed snack time in the best way!