This post was originally published on May 3, 2017 and updated on March 16, 2021.
It’s easy to prepare healthier springtime snacks that your kids will love. And you don’t have to dip into savings, hit the fancy store uptown or compromise your environmental ethics either. These easy-to-make recipes combine affordable grocery store options – all made with sustainably produced Malaysian palm oil – with other nutritious ingredients. The result? Snacks that will please your kids and your conscience.
Why use Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil?
Palm oil is one of the healthiest oils on the planet. Its balanced fatty acid content is heart-friendly and great for developing brains. Plus it’s loaded with tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E which is getting a lot of attention from health researchers. Most American food manufacturers use sustainably sourced Malaysian palm oil, and have publicly committed to responsible palm oil sourcing.
Healthier springtime snacks
- Frozen banana-chocolate chip cookie sandwiches. Boost the nutrition of your kids’ frozen snack by swapping the ice cream for bananas. Freeze thick slices of bananas between two bite-sized cookies for a tasty treat. Simplify the process by using Nestle refrigerated dough. Nestle has used 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil since 2013.
- Cold ramen noodle salad. Chilled pasta salads make ideal veggie-packed springtime lunches. Prepare a Maruchan Instant Lunch in the morning, drain most of the liquid, then add in bits of green beans, carrots, kale and sweet peppers. Pop this in the fridge to cool. When you’re ready for lunch, add some fresh tomato and a drizzle of bottled vinaigrette. Maruchan has committed to ingredient transparency and responsible palm oil sourcing.
- Baked zucchini fries. Kids will love these veggies fries made with Country Crock with extra vitamin D. Kids can even help make them by rolling the zucchini slices in the bread crumbs. Country Crock uses 100 percent certified sustainably sourced palm oil in its products. Its Smart Label website feature even identifies Malaysia as a country of origin.
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