Snacking Smarter

Snacking Smarter

By: Maddie Packard

Snacks play a big role in what kids eat every day.  There seems to be a snack for every time of the day and any activity.  Snacks aren’t a bad thing, it is normal to get hungry between meals, especially when you are physically active.  What you choose for your kids to snack on does matter though.

Instead of: Doritos, Fritos, Potato chips, etc.

Try: Veggie Straws, Kale chips, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, nuts, popcorn

Apple-Pie-Popcorn Recipe here: Apple Pie Popcorn

Instead of: Fruit Rollups, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, etc.

Try: Fresh or dried fruit, a homemade fruit roll up (fruit sushi)

Peanut-Butter-and-Banana-Caterpillar-Sushi1 Recipe here: Fruit Sushi

Instead of: Candy bars, snack cakes, etc.

Try: Granola bars (not covered in chocolate) with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.

EA0906H_granola-bars_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscape Recipe here: Homemade Granola Bars

Other fun and healthy snack options:

  • Ants on a log
    • Log made out of celery, carrot, apple, banana, etc.
    • Use peanut butter, or any other kind of nut butter
    • Ants can be dried fruit like raisins, craisins, cherries, blueberries, goji berries, fresh blueberries, granola, nuts, or seeds like pomegranate, sunflower or pumpkin.
  • Zucchini or sweet potato muffins

Whether it is trying out some new recipes or simply making wise choices at the store, snacking can be fun, tasty and healthy.

 

 

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