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Kids ‘in the’ Kitchen Thursday – A WHOLE lot of GRAINS!

Whole Grains. We did some popcorn popping and granola cooking in class today.

Have you tried barley, quinoa, popcorn, whole rye, whole wheat, oats, brown rice lately?  Well, maybe since this is the month of Red Hearts, you should start tasting! 
Whole Grains are are so good for your Heart! 🙂

Love Munch

Pops of red with toasted
oats and nuts make great munchies for your lovie!

 

1 cup old-fashioned oats

¼ cup slivered or chopped
almonds


¼ cup flax seed (optional)


1 tbsp oil (canola, olive)


2 tbsp honey


Sprinkle of salt and
cinnamon


¼- ½ cup dried cranberries
(raisins, apricots, or blueberries)

Directions: (This is a quick skillet recipe!)

Heat a large skillet/pan to medium heat. 
(Electric skillet can be used for a larger batch)


Add all ingredients except dried fruit. 
Stir and coat oat mixture evenly.


Continue to stir, every couple of minutes. Cook for 15-20 minutes.


Add dried fruit.
Remove from heat, and lay out for mixture to cool.


Store in an air-tight container. Serve as snack, on top of yogurt or frozen
yogurt, or with milk as a cereal.

Kids Kitchen Konnection:
They loved sprinkling the cinnamon and dripping the honey into the granola mixture – and the smell of it cooking!  Some kids were ‘afraid’ of the granola – but, you know what? Almost all tried it and liked it.  Some of have already asked for it as a school lunch snack!  What not a better way to get heart healthy whole grains and nuts into your kiddos diet?  Replace those granola bars with a bagful of Love Munch!

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