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Coconutty After School Snacks

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Coconut oil is a natural energy source because it contains MCTs (medium chain “good fats”) the body uses to produce energy. Plus, it tastes the way you’d expect it to – sweet. This makes it the perfect choice when preparing healthy snacks for your kids. For a nutritious after-school treat, try the following recipes using Organic Coconut Oil from Nature’s Way®
Nature's Way Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut Popcorn

A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. (Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot.) Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely..

Sweet Potato Chips

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)


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