Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been a religious “snacker.” This means three times a day — mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and mid-night — I’m raiding the closest pantry in search of something to nom on. While in college this wasn’t a problem; I kept my dorm room stocked with fresh and healthy snacks to keep my tummy filled until the next mediocre cafeteria meal. Once I started working, however, I fell prey to snacks of the processed variety. (Famous Amos, Cheez-It’s, and the Keebler Elves, to name a few.) A monumental weight gain ensued, and, in response, I’ve started cutting out all that icky processed food from my diet. The thing is, I’ve miss some of those snacks. I need my Cheez-It’s fix (only without all the scary processed stuff thank you very much).
That’s where the inspiration behind this blog series came from. I love to cook, and know that most of the kiddos that I babysit feel the same way (hi, Jack and Jayne!). So once a month I’ll be sharing how to recreate your kiddo’s favorite processed snacks — with simple ingredients and steps. These snacks not only taste fresher — they’re also better for you. Why eat a snack with over 20 ingredients when it really only takes five to make it?
All of these recipes will also be kid friendly — as in, roll up your sleeves, call the kids into the kitchen, and get cooking!
Follow the jump for all the details on how to make your own Cheez-It’s in a variety of flavors.