Your daily food choices fuel your body, mind and mood. In order to stay energized all day and combat potential food cravings and temptations, it’s important to pay attention to when and what you eat.
Well-planned, healthful snack choices can help you avoid break room or vending machine temptations and can keep you from overeating when meals are delayed. Kids need snacks throughout the day to meet their increased energy needs for growth and activity. If you are trying to lose weight, snacks can help you stay on track without hunger.
What are healthy snacks? The best snacks include a good source of fiber and some protein. They often include food groups that you may not have been able to fit into your previous meal and can be anything from small portions of leftovers, to mini-breakfasts, fruit or vegetables combined with dairy foods, beans or other proteins.
Here are some unique snacks ideas to try.
- Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar
- Homemade Granola Bars
- Bell Pepper Pizza
- Cheese and Pretzel Dippers
- Cucumber, Hummus and Turkey Roll-ups
- Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers
- Fresh Fruits with PB2 Dip
For more ideas go to my Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/lindafrd
For kids and big kids alike, it is important to have the snacks ready to go for quick access and no thinking necessary. These are some recommendations for kids, from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as posted on: www.eatright.org.
Here’s the key to healthful food choices: very visible, convenient, effortless and great taste. Follow these seven how-tos for smart snacking.
- Ask your kids what food group foods they’d like to have on hand. Buy them!
- “Walk” your kids through the kitchen so they know where these foods are kept.
- Keep fresh fruit on the counter where kids see it.
- Wash and cut up veggies ahead, so they’re ready to eat.
- Use see-through containers, clear plastic bags or containers covered with plastic wrap so kids can see what’s inside.
- Put nutrient-rich food where kids can reach it, perhaps on lower shelves in your refrigerator, pantry or cabinet. Keep “sometimes” foods, such as cookies and chips, away in cabinets where they’re less convenient to reach, especially for impulse eaters.
- Buy food in single-serve containers for grab-and-go eating — for example, milk, raisins, juice, fruit cups, pudding and baby carrots.
From American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd Ed.