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MTP Hack #2: Quick and Easy Healthy Snack Habit

:: WRITTEN BY JESSICA GEARY-CECOTTI ::
If you feel anything like I do, you're probably ready to be done with all the holiday treats and sweets for awhile. The kids are back in school and we're back to our normal routines. This MTP hack was created to help make the transition back to more nutritious food a little bit easier.

The trick is to invest a little time (I'm only talking, like, 10 minutes people) to prep a whole week's worth of veggie snacks. You just need to get them from the farmers market, CSA, grocery store or COSTCO (where you can buy premade trays for a decent price if you don't have 10 minutes to prep your veggies) and into your house.  

1. Purchase Veggies (some fan favorites in our house are cucumber, carrots, kohlrabi and broccoli).
Only buy what you know they'll actually eat.
2. Prep (peel, cut and chop your veggies)
3. Store (organize them in easy-to-access containers that are within your kiddos' reach)
4. Add a Dip (a yummy dip can entice even the most finicky eater and -- in my opinion -- is a must if you want this healthy habit to have staying power) *recipe below
5. Repeat (steps 1-4 each week)

Voila! You've just set you and your family up with quick, on-the-go, healthy snacks for a week! Who knows, if it works out well enough, you might have just established an awesome weekly routine that sticks long-term!

*Veggie Peanut Dipping Sauce
6 Tbs chicken broth
1/3 Cup peanut butter
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (OPTIONAL)
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a gentle boil and stir continuously until sauce thickens. Served warm or cold!

And there's always bottled ranch dressing if all else fails.

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Jessica Geary-Cecotti is the Social Media Manager for Montana Parent and owner of her own graphic design studio, Flora Fauna Designs. Nature and animals have always held a special place in her heart and continue to be her most profound source of inspiration. She is the mother of two wildly awesome boys and borderline believes in mermaids.