are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
How many baseball fans do we have out there? Kids in little league? T-ball? I’ve got a few fun ideas for you today inspired by one of our favorite game-day snacks: Beer Nuts!
I was so excited when Beer Nuts offered to send us some of their nuts to see what cute snacks we could come up with. I asked for their classic peanuts, and a bag of almonds because they are one of the more nutritious choices out there.
(Yay for yummy Beer Nuts!)
Beer Nuts, by the way, are specialty nuts with a unique glaze on them that has a sweet and salty flavor. The original skin-on peanuts were an accidental hit when their creator, Edward G. Shirk, who owned a small confectionary store called the Caramel Crisp back in 1937, occasionally made them available for free as an incentive to purchase one of his other products. These tasty redskin nuts became so popular that Shirk decided to go from selling them over the counter by the scoop to package them up and making them available for widespread distribution. That distribution started in local taverns, and the glazed peanuts were named Beer Nuts, as they became known as the perfect accompaniment to a glass of beer. Nowadays they are a popular snack at baseball stadiums, circus, and other sporting events.
Now, let’s get on to what fun we had with these guys!
I was excited to find out that research has shown substantial amount of extra health benefits in peanut skins! These benefits include things like antioxidants (equal amounts, if not more that fruits and vegetables), anti-inflamatory properties, anti-aging compounds, even lowering blood sugar levels. Read all about it in this article.
Most peanut butter is made with blanched, or skinless, peanuts. This article explains why. One of the reasons listed is “if not handled properly, the natural oil in the peanut skins could may become prematurely stale and cause off flavors when the peanut butter is being made”. Fair enough, but when we have a full pound of skin-on peanuts at our disposal, let’s go for a great-tasting peanut butter!
2 cups Beer Nuts original peanuts
1 cup Beer Nuts brand Almonds
Combine ingredients in a Vitamix machine or food processor. Continue mixing until a smooth, warm peanut butter consistency is reached. Mmmm.
This peanut butter is perfect because the Beer Nuts have that special “slightly sweet. slightly salty” coating on them already, so no additional ingredients (including oils, sugars, etc.) are required to make a great-tasting, delicious snack.
The girls and I ate this all up in a couple days by dipping apple slices into it or spreading it onto celery sticks.
The next fun thing we did with our Beer Nuts is make a baseball mitt. To make it, simply spread your Beer Nuts brand peanuts onto a plate and arrange to look like a mitt as shown. Leave a small round circle in the center of the mitt. Next, spoon 5-6 tablespoons of yogurt into the round opening. Use a butter knife to smooth out the dome of yogurt you have created. (We used plain Greek yogurt. I’m telling you, it’s absolutely astounding what kids will eat if it’s presented in a creative way)! Complete your look by adding thinly sliced bits of strawberry to look like the red stitches on a baseball.
Add more fresh strawberries and yogurt and serve in individual cups for a little fruit/yogurt/nut parfait!
A third fun idea we had was to make a baseball bat and ball. This size snack is a better serving size for just one. When your child mixes the yogurt, strawberries, and peanuts together, they get a little parfait perfect for them!
Simply arrange your Beer Nuts brand peanuts on your plate to look like a bat as shown. Follow the same directions as above for the baseball. You can finish the look with a couple yogurt motion lines on either side of the ball to look like you are seeing the impact of the bat and ball. We made those lines by scooping a tablespoon or so of yogurt into a plastic baggie, snipping off a corner of the bag, and piping it onto the plate where we wanted it.
If you enjoyed today’s post, check out our other sports-themed snacks!
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3-2-1 Blastoff! What kid wouldn’t love a rocket ship going off into space for their lunch?
Awhile back I guest posted over at Build a Menu sharing this Rocket Ship Lunch. I made a new one that is even better! Today’s plate incorporates carrots, yellow pepper, fresh turkey breast, a high-protein wrap, and greek yogurt. I made this lunch for my girls several times and each time I did, they were so excited! I think it is one of their favorites!
1 whole grain tortilla wrap (I use the Ole Xtreme wellness Multi-Grain. It has the highest protein and fiber bang for your buck)
2 baby carrots
3 thin slices yellow bell pepper
1 T yogurt (any kind – I used greek for the high protein content)
Assemble your turkey wrap by placing some mayo or miracle whip,turkey breast and any other desired elements into tortilla. Roll as you would a burrito. Slice off one end completely so you have a straight bottom edge for your rocket. For the top of the rocket, slice your wrap into a point shape. Take a small portion of the tortilla you cut off and slice two thin triangles to place on the sides of your main wrap as shown above.
Next, slice a baby carrot into wheels. Use two wheels for windows on the rocket. Slice another baby carrot in half lengthwise and cut about 1/3 off of the top of each half to create a straight edge. Place one half carrot in the center beneath the rocket, and slice your other remaining half in half again. Arrange carrots with two thin slices of yellow bell pepper as shown. Now you have your flames coming from the rocket!
Finally, it’s time to make your smoke trail and stars. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt into a plastic bag. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag, and use the bag to pipe little stars all around the rocket as well as little trails of smoke beneath the rocket.
*I’ve mentioned before that I can get away using any kind of yogurt when it becomes a design piped on a plate. Although my kids would never reach for a cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt from the fridge, they lick it all up when it’s served on a creative plate like this! *
If you enjoyed today’s snack about outer space, you might like our Solar System snack as well!
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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is one of my girls’ favorite books. With a simple message about the great measure of the father and son bunny’s love for one another, it is a perfect Valentines Day read. The story ends with the father bunny saying to the baby bunny, “I love you to the moon and back”.
Take a few minutes and read the story while snuggling with your child, then make this lunch.
To make the rabbits, I used some turkey folded up into small squares for their faces. I added ears using raw almonds, and used chocolate sprinkles (I know, I was lazy) for the eyes.
Next, I sliced several strawberries in half and cut a small “v” out of the center to look like a heart. I laid them on the plate to look like they were ascending and descending from the moon.
I sliced a banana into a small crescent shape to use for the moon, and finally used some greek yogurt to create the stars, the arrow going to the moon and back, and the bottom portion of the bunnies’ faces.
Below is the super easy technique I used.
I love using yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, for decorating a plate and creating a great design that would be hard to do using just food.
Of course, you can make this same snack out of anything you wish! If you have a bunny shaped cookie cutter, you could easily make the two rabbits out of a sandwich. You could also make the arrows using thin strips of banana if you don’t want to use the yogurt. The moon could be made out of pineapple, cheese, or a yellow pepper.
Use your imagination!
Check out our other Valentines Day and Love inspired snacks! You’ll LOVE them . . . I promise!
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I’ve mentioned the awesome series going on at Sugar and Spice (my personal blog) on Learning and Literacy. Each day, one of three cool bloggers share a kids story book along with an activity to go along with it. Since I can’t resist making creative snacks, I’m also sharing those in each of my posts in this October series.
Here’s a little “teaser” for you to see the lunch I made. Click the link below to see the great kids’ book that goes with it, along with a learning activity you and your child can try today!
(Did you go see the whole thing? DO IT)