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Posts tagged ‘kids snacks’

UltimateMama loves to serve watermelon to her kids after-school or for parties.  The trick is to make the fruit both appetizing and mess-free.  UltimateMama slices it rather thinly then cuts the rind so that only a little “top hat” is left and kids can’t get enough of it!

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Feeding kids in a nutritious manner does not have to be time-consuming. UltimateMama does not see anything wrong with taking short cuts when it comes to feeding your child.

From bagged baby carrots to pre-cut fruit to frozen vegetables, you can feed your child heartily and nutritiously in a matter of minutes.  UltimateMama believes that using such short cuts is better than ordering food out for delivery or getting take out.

Think about it – do you really know what makes take-out broccoli from your local Chinese restaurant or delivered broccoli rabe from your local Italian restaurant taste so good?  Probably not. If you are not preparing the food yourself you really don’t know the “extra” ingredients/spices that may be added – sugar, salt, etc.

UltimateMama is always seeking nutritious "treats" for special occasions.  Whether it is for a party, school snacktime, or just because these Ultimate Lemon Zucchini muffins are a hit with kids and adults alike!  Plus, they are simple to make!

Lemon Zucchini Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon lemon rind

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup shredded zucchini (peel the zucchini then either use a food processor OR continue peeling it into thin pieces

3/4 cup skim milk

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large egg

Combine the first 6 ingredients in one large bowl. Next, combine zucchini, milk, oil, and egg in a separate bowl. Add wet mix to the flour mixture. Stir until dry ingredients are moist.

Portion the batter among 12 muffin cups (I like to use paper muffin cups with fun colors). Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.  Enjoy!