M.O.M takes back snack time
Goodbye Mr. Softee, Hello After-School Snacks! As we welcome in September, we welcome in a fresh start and I for one am determined to kick off the school year right. Out with the endless trail of sugar and processed snacks, in with a healthy tasty alternative that will help get my kids through their hectic day. Like most parents we want the best for our children but sometimes we need a little guidance, that’s why Mom Offers More seeked out the help of Croton’s very own Nutrition and Health Coach, Susan Chasen of The Organic Kitchen.
The Organic Kitchen has something to offer everyone; consultations, a 21 day cleanse, cooking classes & parties, pantry makeovers, and special events. I met Susan at her location in Croton’s upper town and was immediately taken in by the vibrant fresh gardens and welcoming vibe of her kitchen. Susan’s philosophy is, “Back to Basic 101”, she works with clients to make “healthy eating a way of life that is flexible, empowering and rewarding.”
I left her kitchen ready to tackle my mission, with my 3 mini chefs in tow we headed off to Whole Foods. I love shopping at a more health-conscious store, it reinvigorates me to be more mindful about what I buy for my whole family. (TIP: This makes for a much less stressful shopping since the temptation to indulge in unhealthy food choices are less while still offering a range of fun options to keep the kids interested!)
Once we checked out, we headed home donned our aprons and tried out our baking skills. My kids love to help in the kitchen, any excuses to make a mess & they are game. The Brainy Protein Bar Recipe was simple and fun to work with, I loved that the kids could sample the mixture along the way and “make it their own” as Susan suggested. (TIP: This technique helps kids feel in charge of their own taste buds and in turn makes them more willing to try new things). The mixture was so good, I almost had to pry it out of their hands to get it in the oven. Overall, we had a fun time learning about a healthy delicious snack we can enjoy all year.
Kid’s Verdict: “That is sooo good” with a Happy Dance! M.O.M. Verdict: Thank you, The Organic Kitchen!
Recipe: Brainy Protein Bars
- Servings: 12
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/3 cup natural nut butter
- 2 cups nuts & / or seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. flax meal
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350F & line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, add the dates & pulse for approx. 15 seconds.
- Add the nut butter, honey, & vanilla to mixture & pulse.
- Add in nuts, seeds, & coconut to mixture & pulse (keep it chunky).
- Mix in the chia seeds, flax meal, cinnamon, & ginger.
- Place the mixture into the baking dish. Press mixture into a solid brick.
- Bake for approx. 25 mins until golden brown.
- Remove from oven, lift out parchment paper & bar, set aside to cool.
- Slice into bars. Allow them to cool & store in airtight container
Susan Chasen is a Certified Nutrition & Health Coach. She is the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen where she offers nutrition coaching, “hands-on-cooking” classes, cleanses & nutrition workshops to adults, teens & kids. Susan brings wellness into school classrooms and small businesses too. Baking and Cooking Birthday Parties are fun for all ages at The Organic Teaching Kitchen.
Contact Susan for health consultation. It’s complimentary to Mom Offers More Readers.
The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Check out her monthly group workshop schedule at http://www.theorganicteachingkitchen.com or contact her at