Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: EASY, Healthy Snacks

Snacks are an important part of our diets. Most people can not (and should not) eat only 3 times per day. Your body needs fuel to keep it running.  If you are not providing that fuel, your blood sugar drops, your metabolism slows down, and you will feel tired and sluggish. Children who are hungry become inattentive and crabby (sometimes I do too;)) don't want to fill your body up with garbage! You need a good, healthy shot of protein and carbs.

I like to eat two or three snacks per day...depending on how late we eat dinner.

Here are some examples of quick, healthy convenience snacks...

 I just recently discovered the LARABAR...
I have been missing out!
There are literally only 3 or 4 ingredients per bar! NO sugar and NO Preservatives.
They consist of dates, nuts and fruit, and some have fair trade certified chocolate.
Rock on!

These are my son's favorite snack to pack in his lunch!
He has autism, so finding something he likes, that provides nourishment, is a monumental task;)

I always add a handful of almonds or walnuts if I use the Twisted Fruit as a snack for my kiddos!

I LOVE the Cliff offers these organic options that are free of  artificial preservatives:)

Some more, not prepackaged, ideas...

  • 2 cups of popcorn, either air popped, or popped in a small amount of canola or olive oil, and topped with a little sea salt...and an apple.
  • A banana, spread with some organic peanut butter.
  • Veggies and hummus (did ya think I wasn't gonna throw my beloved hummus in there).
  • A glass of organic milk and a piece of fruit.
  • Mozzarella cheese stick and a handful of organic blueberries.
  • A small bowl of fresh, sweet pineapple and some freshly shaved Parmesan (a yummy combo!).
  • Almonds or walnut and an orange.
  • A small veggie salad with a homemade vinaigrette.
  • Greek yogurt (I ♥ Chobani), mixed with some milled organic flax seed.

I hope this has helped give you some new, quick snack ideas!

Tomorrow I will be back with a healthy snack recipe:)


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