I know I’m not the only one who struggles with feeding my kids (and hubby!) real, wholesome foods and having things that are fast and easy and ready to go when I need them. We pack a lot of lunches to eat while we’re out and about, and I like to bring snacks along for my kids whenever we run errands, that way I don’t have to rely on grabbing something that I normally wouldn’t eat because I’m desperate and my kids are really hungry.
I really don’t like buying most kinds of packaged snacks, treats, or lunch-type foods, but it can also be a lot of work coming up with easy, quick, homemade foods that work as take along snacks and lunches. I was always on the lookout for snack recipes that were not only good for you, but would taste great too.
I was so excited to read Healthy Snacks To-Go by Katie at Kitchen Stewardship because I knew this would be just the thing that I was looking for. Everything that I have ever made from Kitchen Stewardship has been excellent, so I was sure that would be true for the recipes in this book too.
I was not disappointed, and I have so many recipes that I still need to try. My favorites are the granola bars, both baked and unbaked – which are more like a chewy store bought bar, the one-bowl muffins, and the Wheat Thin style crackers. I love that most of the recipes have different ways to adapt them or make them with a few different ingredients, it means there are actually way more than the 21 recipes listed in the table of contents in this book!
Although everything I have made from this book has been excellent, I will say that when my sister and I were making the unbaked granola bars we had a little bit of a hard time following the directions. We were combining directions from two different recipes and were a bit confused on the amounts of the ingredients we were supposed to use, but the end result was so good that it more made up for any confusion we had. Also, there are some snacks in this book that I would love to try, the power bars for example, with 14 different variations, but I don’t regularly keep some of the ingredients in my pantry. Some of the recipes call for things that you may not have on hand, so when you’re planning to make snacks, or planning a trip to a bulk store where you can stock up, you’ll want to look through the recipes and make sure you have all the ingredients. (Am I the only one that forgets to do this sometimes? Smacking myself on the head!)
Speaking of forehead smacking, I love that there are more than just recipes in this book; there is a list of forehead smacker, why didn’t I think of that, quick and easy snacks at the beginning, there are time, and dishes, savers throughout the book (we could all use a few less dishes to wash, right!), and a great resource for packing reduced waste lunches at the end of the book. All in all, this a quality book with not only great recipes, but also great information too!
Want to win your very own copy of Healthy Snacks To-Go? I thought you would after hearing how great it is!
I am giving away a copy of one Healthy Snack To-Go e-book to one lucky reader!
Here’s what you need to do to enter: Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each one!
1. Leave a comment telling me your biggest obstacle to going “green” or the thing that you have the hardest time with being “green.” OR ask me a question about going “green”.
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3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet – Full cupboard & nothing 2 eat? Need snacks on the go? @liverenewed is giving away Healthy Snacks To Go f/ @kitchenstew http://bit.ly/biMDzs
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This giveaway will run through Friday, August 6th at 11:59pm EDT. I will choose a winner using random.org and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 10th.