Cream Soda Syrup:
Americans consume over 15 million gallons of soda per year. Soda has high acidic levels, dissolves tooth enamel, contains the drug caffeine, softens bones, and may even have links to asthma. So here is a simple recipe for homemade cream soda syrup to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way:
Makes about 20 ounces
- 2 cups cane sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
- Ice cubes, for serving
- Seltzer water, for serving
- Place sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium nonreactive saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar is caramelized.
- Carefully add 2 cups water and lemon juice; add vanilla bean and seeds and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
- Discard vanilla bean and transfer syrup to an airtight container. Syrup may be kept, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks. To serve, fill a 16-ounce glass with ice cubes and add 1 1/2 ounces syrup; top with seltzer and stir to combine.
Play With Their Food
Sometimes all it takes to get kids interested in healthy snacks is a little playful imagination. My son wouldn't even eat PB&J's until I purchased a sandwich cutter that makes dinosaur shaped halves. It's amazing what I can get him to eat when his food is prepared in a silly way. Here are a few simple snack ideas that kids love: tuna fish sandwich, strawberry mice w/ almond ears, tiny turkey sandwiches with bell pepper feathers, apple frog w/ dried fruit eyes (coconut and raisin), bell pepper octopus in humus, egg head (sliced boiled egg on crackers w/ veggie face)