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HEALTHY SNACKS

BENTI'S FAVORITE RECIPES

Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 9 (C

Ingredients:

Bananas

 

 

Method:

 

1. Peel the bananas.

 

2. Cut them into 2- to 3-inch chunks

 

3. Place banana chunks in a freezer bag.

 

4. Put in the freezer for at least 6 hours.

 

5. Remove and blend in a blender until smooth.

 

6. Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container for at least 2 hours. 

7. Enjoy!

Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

Bananas

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Grapes

Kiwi

Method:

 

1. Wash fruit and dry on paper towel

 

2. Place fruit in bowl.

 

Notes: Use your favorite fruit to create your favorite fruit bowl. You can also use melon, oranges, apples, raspberries, nectarines, peaches , pears, mangos, pineapple, plums and papaya.

 

Ask an adult to help you with fruit that requires cutting.

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 3 (C

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 2 large ripe avocados

  • Optional decorations: Red and yellow pepper pieces, radishes, ripe olives and sliced miniature cucumbers

  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  • For dip, place the first 4 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Cut avocados lengthwise in half around the seed; remove seeds. Reserving skins, carefully scoop out avocado and add to bean mixture; process until blended.

  • For crocodile heads, fill avocado skins with dip. If desired, add pepper pieces for teeth, radish and olive slices for eyes, olives for noses, and cucumbers and peppers for bodies. Serve with assorted vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup dip: 140 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 starch.

  • Optional decorations: Red and yellow pepper pieces, radishes, ripe olives and sliced miniature cucumbers

  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  1. For dip, place the first 4 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Cut avocados lengthwise in half around the seed; remove seeds. Reserving skins, carefully scoop out avocado and add to bean mixture; process until blended.

  2. For crocodile heads, fill avocado skins with dip. If desired, add pepper pieces for teeth, radish and olive slices for eyes, olives for noses, and cucumbers and peppers for bodies. Serve with assorted vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup dip: 140 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 starch.

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Cucumber Crocs & Veggies
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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 7 (C

Ingredients:

Bananas

Blackberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Grapes

Kiwi

Method:

 

1. Wash fruit and dry on paper towel

 

2. Place fruit in bowl.

 

Notes: Use your favorite fruit to create your favorite fruit bowl. You can also use melon, oranges, apples, raspberries, nectarines, peaches , pears, mangos, pineapple, plums and papaya.

 

Ask an adult to help you with fruit that requires cutting.

Fruit Bowl

Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 6 (C

Mini Zucchini Pizzas Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini (about 11 ounces), cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce

  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup miniature pepperoni slices

  • Minced fresh basil

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Directions

  • Preheat broiler. Arrange zucchini in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from heat just until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes per side.

  • Sprinkle zucchini with salt and pepper; top with sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Broil until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with basil.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 29 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Looking for low carb? This simple snack recipe is a fantastic way to satisfy your pizza cravings while skipping the usual carb-filled crust. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 8 (C

Ingredients

  • 5 slices sourdough or multigrain bread, toasted

  • 1 cup reduced-fat cream cheese

  • STRAWBERRY BASIL TOAST:

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, sliced

  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  • MANGO CHILI TOAST:

  • 1/2 medium mango, peeled and sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  • KIWI MINT TOAST:

  • 1 medium kiwifruit, peeled and sliced

  • 1/4 cup green grapes, halved

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh mint

  • TANGERINE-THYME:

  • 1 tangerine, peeled and sectioned

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped pistachios

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

  • BERRY SERRANO TOAST:

  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1/3 cup fresh blackberries, halved

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1/4 serrano pepper, sliced

  • MIXED BERRY TOAST:

  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries

  • 2 tablespoons fresh blackberries, halved

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • AVOCADO TOMATO TOAST:

  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

  • 1/4 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved

  • Coarsely ground pepper

  • RASPBERRY PEACH TOAST:

  • 1/3 cup sliced peaches

  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries

  • Minced fresh mint

  • CITRUS KIWI TOAST:

  • 1/4 small navel orange, sliced

  • 1/2 tangerine, sliced

  • 1/2 medium kiwifruit, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon pistachios, chopped

Directions

  • Spread toasted bread with cream cheese. Top as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece of toast with cream cheese (calculated without additional toppings): 172 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

Rainbow Fruit Toast
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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 2 (C

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Kids have fun eating these bite-sized veggie snacks. Change up the seasonings in the dip to fit your family's tastes. —Judie Thurstenson, Colcord, Oklahoma

Inside-Out Veggie Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling

 

Makes

3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large cucumbers

  • 16 cherry tomatoes

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

 

Directions

  • Peel strips from cucumbers to create decorative edges if desired; cut into 1/2-in. slices. Finely chop 2 slices; set aside. With a small spoon, scoop some of the seeds from the remaining slices.

  • Cut a thin slice from the bottoms of tomatoes to allow them to rest flat. Cut a thin slice from tops of tomatoes; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Invert onto paper towels to drain.

  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, red pepper, celery, onion, carrot, seasonings and chopped cucumber.

  • Fill tomatoes and cucumber slices with cream cheese mixture, about 1 teaspoon in each. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 23 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 10 (

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, halved

  • 2 cups ice cubes

Directions

  • Place first 4 ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add ice; process, covered, until slushy. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 112 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

Strawberry Watermelon Slush

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 5 (C

Ingredients

  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread, crust removed

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

  • 1 thin slice deli turkey

  • 1 raisin

  • 5 Pieces Rice Chex

  • One slice of cheese

  • One Celery stick

 

Spread bread with peanut butter. For door, cut the turkey into a 1-1/2-in. x 1-1/4-in. rectangle; position on bread. Add raisin for the doorknob, cereal for windows, cheese for the house roof, and celery for the chimney.

Healthy House

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes 4 (C
Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese

  • 2 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese

  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoons peach preserves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 20 reduced-fat Triscuits

Directions

  • Cut cheese slices with assorted 1-in. cookie cutters; set aside.

  • In a small skillet, saute apple in butter. Add preserves and cinnamon; heat through. Serve with cheese and Triscuits.

Nutrition Facts

1 cracker with cheese and topping: 42 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1/2

Arts and Crackers Recipe

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Benti's Patch Healthy Snack Recipes (Cov

PBJ on a Stick

Take the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the go with these skewers. They also make easy snacks. —Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes

4 skewers

Ingredients

  • 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

  • 1 cup seedless red or green grapes

  • 1 small banana, sliced

  • 4 wooden skewers (5 to 6 inches)

Directions

  • Cut sandwiches into 1-in. squares. Alternately thread grapes, sandwich squares and banana slices onto each skewer. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

2 skewers: 415 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein.

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