Snack Attack – Banana Hot Dogs

Banana Hotdogs

That’s right everyone, July is National Hotdog Month and this year July 22nd is National Hotdog Day!  How are you going to celebrate?  You could, of course, consume the traditional hotdog but today I have an alternative option great for extending the hotdog theme into snack time!  This was a snack I found browsing Pinterest one time and thought it was the perfect snack for Hotdog Day – one that incorporates fruit, protein, grain, and fiber.  And even young kids can help assemble this banana hotdog snack.

For most young kids using half a banana and half a hotdog bun would be sufficient for a snack.  Or you can make this a fun easy meal by adding some veggies, and dairy on the side!

For Banana Hotdogs you’ll need:

Hotdog buns (whole wheat or white)
Peanut butter  (or an alternative nut butter)
Strawberry Jam
Small zip-top bag

Step 1:

Wash your hands and gather your ingredients.

Step 2:

Child or adult – using a butter knife or plastic knife spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto the inside of the hotdog bun.

Step 3:

Child or adult – Peel banana, place inside hotdog bun


Step 4:

Adult – spoon about 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam (or jam/jelly of your choice) into the corner of a zip-top bag.  With scissors cut the corner tip off the bag.
Child – squeeze jam onto the top of the banana.

ENJOY!!  Get creative with this snack!  What other kinds of “fruit hotdogs” can you create?  Or explore other “condiments” and “toppings” for your hotdogs – maybe blueberries or chopped grapes as relish!  We’d love to see where your snack attack imagination takes you.  Share your creations with us using #DCSnackAttack.

Happy Snacking!

Snack Attack – Mini Blueberry Pies

Mini Blueberry Pies

It’s summer and that means many delicious fruits and vegetables are coming into season!  Here in middle Tennessee blueberries are ripe and ready to eat from June til early July!  Just last week my family and I ventured out to a u-pick farm and picked three buckets full of juicy plump blueberries.  If you are interested in picking your own fruit this summer in Tennessee check out to find a farm near you.  It’s a great activity that supports local farms and maintains social distancing.

Because so many fruits are in season in the spring and summer, fruit pies are a classic summertime treat!  While pies are typically quite, sweet this recipe for mini blueberry pies features individual graham cracker pie crusts to promote appropriate portions, minimal sugar, and an easy oat topping. And whether you use fresh or frozen blueberries you will benefit from nutrients such as Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber packed into these little blue gems of summer!


This recipe is adapted from Highlights High Five magazine from June 2018.  To prepare this recipe at home you will need:


1 package of 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
1 teaspoon flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


2 Tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 Tablespoons flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon melted butter

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:  1.  Wash your hands.  2. Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 1:

Place pie crusts on a baking sheet, evenly spaced.  (Optional:  cover baking sheet with aluminum foil before placing pie crusts on pan.)

Step 2:

Combine 1 teaspoon flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a medium bowl.  Mix until flour is dissolved.

Step 3:

Add blueberries to the bowl with the flour, sugar, juice mixture.  Stir to coat well.  Set aside.

Step 4:

Using your fingers or a fork, mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbly.  Set aside.

Step 5:

Spoon the blueberry mixture into the pie crusts until all the filling mixture has been used.

Step 6:

Spoon topping evenly onto each mini pie until all the topping mixture has been used.

Step 7:

With an adult’s help, place baking sheet with mini pies in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.  Cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.

I would love to see how you make the recipe your own in creative ways!!  Maybe you’ll try other fruits like strawberries, blackberries, peaches or a mix of fruits; adjust the sugar or try spices other than cinnamon.  Explore, create, and have fun in the kitchen then share pictures of your snacks to social media using #DCSnackAttack so we can see them too!  Happy Snacking!

Snack Attack – Shopping Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Shopping During COVID-19 – USE ANY DATE

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are all doing our best to stay safe and slow the transmission of the coronavirus.  In this video Rachel, a Registered Dietitian, shares some tips for grocery shopping to help keep you and your food safe during this time.

Snack Attack – Red White & Blue Nachos

Join our Snack Attack expert & Registered Dietitian, Rachel, as she makes Red, White, and Blue Nachos for a fun and festive 4th of July snack!  To make this recipe at home you’ll need:  Blue corn tortilla chips, 1 cup salsa, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or white shredded cheese of your choice).  Optional toppings include:  1 can sliced black olives, chopped tomato, or black beans, drained and rinsed.  Watch the video for step by step instructions or check out this link to the recipe: