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Five Picky Eater-Approved Snacks That Won't Hurt the Waistline

WACO, Texas (January 15, 2014) – The statistics are staggering. According to the Surgeon General, up to 25 percent of school age children in the United States are considered overweight. The consequences of which can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month and the perfect time to get the kids (and self) making healthier food choices and moving the body more. At Mr. Appliance®, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a top priority and these mom-tested recipes help keep a balance between delicious and healthy.

Yogurt Drops

These fast, frozen treats are great for an afternoon snack or after dinner dessert. Simply spoon a favorite flavored yogurt into Ziplock bag, squeeze dime-sized drops onto a baking sheet and freeze. Not only are they truly tasty, but the most picky of eaters will pop the drops as readily as a Hershey’s Kiss.

Baked Potato Chips

These easy and tasty alternatives to the store-bought cousin will save on both calories and the budget. Wash and peel two potatoes. Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes and lie slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, or any other seasonings to taste. Bake at 425 degrees for XX minutes, until the chips look golden brown. The crispy, low calorie snack will replace store-bought chips as a household favorite in no time. Full recipe...

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Eat pizza guilt free! These zucchini pizza boats offer the best of both worlds: cheesy, meaty goodness and a healthy substitute for pizza crust that adds a new level of “whoa” to the dish. To create these boats of food beauty, simply cut the zucchini in half, scoop out the center and fill with prepped ground turkey/sauce mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Voila! This is the perfect boat for sailing away to delicious town. Full recipe...

Banana Bombs

Your mission, should you accept will be to prepare your palate for a delicious alternate to the ice cream sandwich: the banana bomb. Banana bombs combine the creamy texture of peanut butter and bananas with a rich, dark chocolate shell for the perfect blend of healthy greatness. Cut banana into round slices and smear peanut butter on half of the rounds. Sandwich each half with a second banana slice and cover each sandwich in melted dark chocolate. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours. Then, prepare for the bombing to begin. There will be no survivors. Full Recipe...

Cheese Thumbs

The kids and your waistline will give these cheesy alternates to fried mozzarella sticks two thumbs up! Simply cut string cheese sticks into one-inch pieces and roll them in egg substitute and panko. Bake them at 425 for three minutes and serve with warm marinara. Mama mia, these are good!

About Mr. Appliance®:

Mr. Appliance is North America’s leading appliance repair franchise system. Established in 1996, its franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. Mr. Appliance has more than 150 locations throughout the United States and Canada and is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur magazine and other industry experts. Mr. Appliance is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information, visit