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Snacking During Involuntary Confinement

Apr 14, 2020

By Dean George

Who knew when millions of school kids were released for spring break last month that it would become the longest spring break in American history? 

For the kids it was like an unexpected snow day(s) – without the snow, the cold and the anxiety on whether there would be school soon. 

If the news that summer break was beginning early wasn’t exciting enough for parents, there was the anxiety that not only would the kids have to be watched weekdays, there was also the matter of frequent snacks

The one thing not lacking with the COVID-19 shutdown and media coverage has been anxiety.  Plenty of that to go around with lots to spare.  

We can’t do anything about home schooling and hand sanitizer, but we can help provide some healthy snack ideas that are good for little teeth that are anything but boring. 

For example, have you ever tried...? 

APPLE CHIPS - a healthy treat best made by baking at a low temperature long enough to dehydrate the apples. 


2 Golden Delicious Apples – cored and thinly sliced 

1 ½ teaspoons Stevia or another sugar substitute like Truvia® 

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Directions: Preheat oven to 225 degrees F 

Slice apples very thin with a paring knife or the slicing blade of a food processor 

Using a metal baking sheet, place parchment paper on baking sheet before arranging apples  

Mix sugar substitute and cinnamon in a bowl before sprinkling on apple slices 

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until apple edges curl up.  Halfway through baking cycle flip apples over and sprinkle with sugar substitute and cinnamon.  

Using a spatula, transfer apples to a wired rack until they’re cool and crispy. Note:  They will not turn crispy until they cool down. 

Prep time: 15 minutes, cooking time 45 mins to 1 hr


We’re all a bit nutty after all this time practicing social distancing and self-quarantining, so what better time to enjoy something with a nutty crunch... 

HONEY NUT GRANOLA - a crunchy, tasty treat filled with nuts, oats and the sugar substitute of your choice, and spice. 


4 cups rolled oats 

1 cup of sliced almonds 

1 cup chopped pecans 

1 cup raw sunflower seeds 

1/3 cup canola oil 

½ cup of honey 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F 

In a large bowl stir oats, nuts and sunflower kernels together.  In a separate bowl mix oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. 

Mix contents above with dry ingredients and mix well before spreading onto two ungreased baking sheets. 

Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir before returning to oven until golden brown (about 10 minutes).  Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving. 

Prep time: 10 mins, cooking time 20 mins ready in 30 mins 


Pumpkins aren’t just for fall hayrides and bonfires!  Pumpkins are high in fiber, zinc, magnesium and Vitamin A, which is why this snack is worth checking out... 

PUMPKIN ALMOND JOY BITES - a no-bake snack filled with almond butter, pumpkin, oats and tantalizing spices.  A healthy snack that takes just minutes to make and 30 mins to serve.



½ cup rolled oats 

½ almond flour 

¼ almond butter 

¼ cup pumpkin puree 

1 packet of sugar substitute 

½ teaspoon almond extract 

¼ teaspoon ground cloves 

¼ teaspoon nutmeg 

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1 pinch salt 

Directions: Add all ingredients in a food processor and pulse just long enough for contents to blend.  

Roll mixture into balls and let set 30 minutes before arranging on a baking sheet.


Some kids like snacks more on the spicy side and in 2018 we wrote about a Middle Eastern dish that has gained in popularity the past few years. Its name is often mispronounced but however you say it, this Egyptian dish isn’t ho-hum but rather yum-yum...

CALIFORNIA GUACAMOLE HUMMUS - who doesn’t like a smooth and creamy snack that is good for you?  The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, and as we wrote about here, chickpeas are rich in many of the vital vitamins and nutrients essential for good oral health. 



2 ripe avocados 

1 cup hummus 

1 (1 oz) package McCormick Guacamole Seasoning Mix 

Directions: Stir seasoning mix and mashed avocados in medium bowl until well blended.  Stir in hummus before covering with plastic wrap. 

Refrigerate 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Stir before serving with pita chips or carrots, celery or cauliflower.

Prep time:  5 mins  

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