There is one little thing my children look forward to once they get off the bus. No, it’s not seeing me, but the fact that I usually have a nice after-school snack waiting for them. Sometimes, it’s in the form of sugary goodness that no High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup-Opposing-Nazi-Mom is going to make me feel bad about giving to them and sometimes it’s in the form of crunchy vegetables satisfied in creamy dips. It’s all in the mood that strikes me on any given day.
That being said, there are some days they don’t want any of the above. There are SOME days they want something that mirrors actual hot food that will fill there bellies up enough to knock out some homework BEFORE dinner. Heck, there are SOME days they bring along the whole neighborhood to partake. What’s a Momma to do? Well, thanks to Tyson Foods, I got to experiment with a new snack in the form of chicken with their NEW Any’tizers Dippin’ Twists.
Featuring two zesty sauce packets of either Kickin’ Honey Mustard or Sweet Chipotle BBQ, the new Any’tizers snack options are ready to dip straight from the oven or microwave. Perfect for anytime afternoon hunger strikes, the Dippin’ Twists™ snacks’ re-sealable packaging allows for the snacks to be easily stored in the freezer to maintain freshness.
What’s the Lowdown?
- Entertaining Twists – Unique shapes make the new varieties fun to dip and eat!
- Tasty Bites – Made with high quality chicken coated with a light and crispy breading
- Flavorful Dips – Dunk your Dippin’ Twists snacks into tasty flavors like Kickin’ Honey Mustard or Sweet Chipotle BBQ
- Any Time, Any Occasion – Satisfying snack for after school, family parties or game day
- Easy to Prepare – Ready to eat in minutes, hot from the oven or microwave
Don’t Get Stuck In a Snack Rut:
|Robin Miller, Food Network Host, Cookbook Author, Dietitian, Mother of 2|
I know for us, we, sometimes, get in snack ruts. We go weeks and weeks just kinda bored with snacks so we end up eating more junk (because I know the kids will eat it) or we skip the snacks all together (which makes for a very grouchy dinner time). Thanks to Robin Miller, chef, nutritionist and host of Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on Food Network, we’ve got a few tips on how to keep snack time balanced in nutrition, yet please even the pickiest in the family:
Flip Flop the Clock: The time on the clock has little meaning to your child and their food tastes. He wants grilled cheese or chicken nuggets at 7 a.m.? She’s hungry for cereal at 5 p.m.? No worries—just roll with it! Serve a grilled cheese sandwich made with low-fat cheese and whole wheat bread or Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets for breakfast. For dinner, serve whole grain cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit, like bananas or berries. Nutrients are nutrients – it doesn’t matter when your child consumes them. It also will teach them to follow hunger “cues” and eat what they want, when they want. These are valuable life lessons that any parent can foster from an early age.
Muffin Tin Meals: Kids love to get their hands into everything, big or small. Set up a “finger food buffet” and have your kids pick the items they’d like eat. They’ll feel included in the process, which will increase their interest in trying a little bit of everything. Start with a muffin tin (or any small container with compartments) and customize the meal by filling the sections with bite-size portions of colorful, nutritious foods. Some great food ideas include: cubed cheese, whole grain cereals, grapes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets. Once you’ve filled the compartments, let them pick their items, allowing them to be hands-on with their meals.
Follow the Leader: Kids learn by example, so it’s important to be a great role model from the beginning. When children see their older siblings, parents, other adults and friends eating a variety of foods, they are more likely to try them. For example, share a bite of Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets with your child, and then share a bite of a new food that you want them to try. If they see you enjoying both foods, chances are they will enjoy them, too!
For more tips on nuggets of wisdom with Robin, visit www.yourlittlenugget.com.
I had the chance to check out a variety of Tyson Any’tizers and picked my up four:
- NEW Dippin’ Twists™ snacks with Kickin’ Honey Mustard Sauce
- Chicken Breast Chunks with Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce
- Stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu Minis
- Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Minis
Available in your grocer’s frozen food section, new Tyson® Any’tizers® Dippin’ Twists™ can be purchased nationwide for the suggested retail price of $8.99. For more information on Tyson®Any’tizers products, visit www.tyson.com.
So, I want to know. What is your family’s favorite After-School snack?
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