Healthy Snack Ideas
, Easter tends to mark the beginning of
swim season - at least in Nana's solar-heated pool.
It's also a time when I have to begin really
thinking of healthy and easy snacks for the kids.
After several hours of swimming - they are
starving and begging for something to eat. If
I don't have the right things on hand, we are doomed to poor food
choices and we can easily
consume more calories at snack time than at meal time.
Yesterday I made a list for Nana to work with
- since she loves to stock her house and pantry with treats for the
children. I hope this list helps
you also as we try to continually improve our diets.
Some of the items may sound a little
different, but my kids really like them.
Dried fruits - their
favorites are pineapples and blueberries
Nuts - My daughter loves
Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans and cashews. My
son, health food nut that he is, loves honey roasted peanuts - these
aren't really that healthy - but they are better than potato chips
Beans - Garbanzo beans
(AKA chickpeas) and kidney beans- rinsed and drained - they
love them plain
Fresh fruit - apples,
bananas and pears. As the weather
turns, this will include cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, plums and
Celery sticks with
natural peanut butter and raisins (AKA "ants on a log")
Organic baby carrots -
they just seem to taste better than non-organic carrots
Lightly steamed broccoli
and cauliflower served cold with Thai
Baked tortilla chips and
Whole wheat tortillas
with veggie cheese and shredded veggies, rolled up
and sliced to look like pinwheels
Cold leftovers - Often
times, leftovers taste deliciously different when served cold.
Sometimes we add a little balsamic
vinaigrette or Thai
to give them an extra special
These are not the only things my children love
to snack on - but they are the healthier ones they like right now.
Given a choice between these and potato chips,
they will choose the chips. So, I
don't give them the choice and hunger is a great motivator for healthy
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