Peanut butter jelly dip + Bitsy’s Brainfood giveaway

This post is sponsored through my partnership with Bitsy’s Brainfood + includes an amazing giveaway opportunity.

One of the things that I’ve noticed about Liv and young kiddos is that they like to feel like they’re part of the team, and not quite so different from the adults. This is why I’ll usually serve Liv what I’m eating (or she eats it out of my bowl, haha) or make her similar versions of our beloved meals. It’s a fun way to find out new favorites, and she’ll surprise me with the things she prefers. (Like the other day, she came into the kitchen and asked for a small bowl of cornichons. I was like, “What?”) Needless to say, she was excited to see that I made a kids’-size cheese board for a recent dinner party.

I just cut up some turkey and cheese with a star cookie cutter, washed some strawberries, added a couple of string cheeses,

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and made a bowl of peanut butter and jelly dip to serve with the new Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers. The adults ended up going crazy for this stuff, too, and the crackers are perfectly sweet and salty.


Are you ready for the dip recipe? It’s seriously the easiest thing ever. (It reminds of a recipe I once read that was something like “Open a can of peas. Heat in a saucepan with butter. Eat.” haha)

Combine equal parts cream cheese, peanut butter, and strawberry jam (<— I used 1/3 cup of each). Heat on a medium-low until smooth and warm. Serve topped with cinnamon. That’s it!

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At least a few time during the night, the Pilot kept saying how great it was. It will definitely be a party staple from now on!

The dip paired perfectly with the new Maple Carrot Bitsy’s Smart Crackers, which Liv absolutely loves. The Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Cookies are a staple in our house, so Liv was thrilled that there were new Bitsy’s boxes when we went to Target.

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Some more info about their new Smart Crackers:

-Each serving contains half a serving of organic veggies, and are a great source of Vitamins A, B6, B12, D and Folic Acid

-They’re nut-free and baked in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility

-The crackers are in fun Tangram shapes which help to teach logic, math and spatial reasoning. I appreciate any opportunities to inject learning into snack time, and the first time she tried the crackers, Liv started creating houses and rockets with the shapes.

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-The Bitsy’s Brainfood brand was handpicked as one of the 20 natural, organic and sustainable brands as part of Target’s Made to Matter collection. This makes it easier for consumers to find natural, organic and sustainable lines while shopping at Target. The Bitsy’s cookies and crackers can be found at Target, and are 20% off through the Cartwheel app.

-Bitsy’s Brainfood is one of my favorite product lines to purchase because the ingredients are fantastic, and I love the philosophy behind the brand. It was created by two moms with a mission to make healthy food fun, and they want to encourage kids to enjoy healthy options while they’re young, as these habits will stay with them as they grow. They don’t hide the fact that there are fruits and veggies in their products because they want kids to know what they’re eating.

You can join the Bitsy’s Smart Cookie Community here (US residents) to receive samples, exclusive information and coupons. 

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(Liv’s favorite flavor is the Sweet Potato Cinna-graham, and I love the sweet and salty Maple Carrot Crisp. We still need to try the Cheddar Chia Veggie!)

And now it’s giveaway time!

My friends at Bitsy’s kindly offered a $50 Target gift card + a prize pack of their new Smart Crackers!

Enter via the widget below.

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The lucky winner will be chosen Monday night at midnight EST and announced in Tuesday’s morning post.

Target is not a sponsor or administrator of this promotion.

Have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya later tonight with some Friday Faves.



This post is sponsored by Bitsy’s Brainfood. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help to support our family.  

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  1. Amy on April 23, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Cracklin’ Oat Bran-that cereal is sooo good!

  2. Jen on April 23, 2016 at 5:20 am

    It was so warm here yesterday, and all I can think of is summer food. One of my favorites as a kid–and still today–is corn on the cob! Served with garden-picked pickling cucumbers and juicy red tomatoes. I am so jealous of people that get year-round farmer’s market. Soon!

  3. Emily on April 23, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I gotta go with the classic PB&J…with crunchy peanut butter!

  4. Annie on April 23, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I’m guilty of enjoying the chicken biscuit crackers as a kid.

  5. Jen medina on April 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

    As a kid I loved bbq hot dog sandwiches lol. Doesn’t sound as appealing any more though 🙂

  6. Trista Slowik on April 23, 2016 at 6:20 am

    We love Bitsy’s!

  7. Lindsay on April 23, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I loved Dunkaroos as a kid, and that dip sounds pretty good I may have to go and make it!

  8. Kelly D on April 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I loved pizza bagels.

  9. Becca on April 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Cheese, still love it

  10. Erin Ellis on April 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    When I was young, one of my favorite foods was Doritos! They don’t taste like they use to anymore though. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  11. Corinne on April 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Those crackers look great! 🙂

  12. Annette on April 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    When I was a child I loved stuffed shrimp; now I’m not too fond of it.

  13. Kristen Y on April 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I loved mustard with pretzels as a kid!! Couldn’t get enough

  14. Lindsay on April 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

    My favorite food as a kid was definitely dunkaroos.

  15. K on April 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Pirates Booty! I remember my parents thinking they were a “healthy” snack only to find out later that they weren’t!

  16. Bethany on April 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Love the turn to healthier options for our kids!

  17. Abby on April 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    PBJ sandwiches – every day for like 5 years of my life.

  18. Beckie on April 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I was and still am a huge lover of any snacks with peanut butter involved.

  19. Anna on April 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches were my favorite as a kid! Still love peanutbutter

  20. Sneha on April 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    pbj dip, will definitely have to try that one out!

  21. Kailey on April 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I loved celery & peanut butter as a kid (and let’s be real…still do! 🙂 ) Been wanting to try Bitsy’s for awhile!

  22. Kimberly on April 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    My mom & I used to split a PB&J sandwich every morning around 10. She would eat the outsides & I would have only the crustless inside part of course 🙂

  23. Sarah r on April 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Noodles. I ate them all the time, even for snacks.

  24. Joni on April 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Haha, I was a sucker for a bologna sandwich and Doritos. My how things have changed

  25. Tarah J on April 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Lunchables were always a special treat in our house.

  26. Vanessa on April 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Grilled cheese was probably my favourite food as a kid!

  27. Skr on April 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Cheese with the red stick

  28. Kris on April 24, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I loved star crunch as a treat growing up!

  29. Kendra on April 24, 2016 at 6:08 am

    My favorite snack was animal crackers dipped in peanut butter 🙂

  30. Diana on April 24, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I loved peanut butter sandwiches with no crust when I was little! For some reason, I hated jelly/jam?

  31. LaTanya on April 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    homemade mashed potatoes

  32. Maddie on April 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Loved mini PB and J sandwiches! We had a Mickey panini press which was a ton of fun

  33. Bianca on April 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    graham crackers! and goldfish!

  34. allie on April 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Graghm crackers were afave with pb honey topping.

  35. Vicki L. on April 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Goldfish crackers. I still love them!

  36. Nancy on April 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Rice krispy treats! It’s been awhile since I’ve had one.

  37. candace on April 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I loved raw carrots as a kid – I was always at the barn and they were the most available snack (meant for the horses hahah)

  38. sandra on April 24, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I loved goldfish and fruit.

  39. Genna on April 25, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these with my little!

  40. Jackie L. on April 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

    When I was a kid, my favorite lunch staple was bologna and mayo on white bread – my tastes have evolved a bit since then and gotten a bit healthier 🙂

  41. Rebecca A Meier on April 25, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I LOVED PB&J as a kid, and still do! So does my son. I think it’s basically a kid staple. 😉

    (I also loved cheese & mayo sammies on white bread, which, thinking about that combo now makes me cringe! But for some reason I liked them as a kid. That, and I ate raw sliced potatoes like it was going out of style…..whaaaa?!)

  42. Shannan on April 25, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I used to LOVE Toaster Strudels

  43. Stephanie B. on April 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

    My mom would make pb&j “sandwiches” with crackers for me – I loved that!

  44. Danielle on April 25, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Peanut butter and jelly for the win!

  45. Kristen on April 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Cinnamon toast!

  46. Krystal Watson on April 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Lunchables were not a frequent thing in our house, so I definitely liked those. Or a sandwich. I, like most kids, just liked simple foods.

  47. Lori Williams on April 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I loved fried bologna sandwiches!!

  48. virginia on April 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    PB&J 🙂

  49. Mama on April 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Dunkaroos!!! I still look for them at the store hoping they’ve come back, haha!!

  50. Maggie on April 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I loved ants on a log… especially if the “ants” were chocolate chips instead of raisins!!

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