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Healthy Snacker Secrets

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Fresh and Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Family

Plan ahead when packing snacks to avoid the grab and go syndrome or the “10 Plus ingredient club”.

  • Fresh fruit -so conveniently already packaged
  • 100 %Whole grain crackers -who wants that white stuff anyway, they wash out all the good stuff
  • Low fat yogurt sweetened with fresh fruit, apple butter or mashed fruit
  • Low fat cheese -yummy in my tummy especially with golden raisins
  • Trail mix made with cheerios, whole grain cereal and craisins with the occasional shredded coconut
  • Carrots or celery with nut butter (almond or peanut), or low fat cream cheese
  • Jicama with chopped cilantro splashed with orange juice (I made this for a recent party and the kids polished off the entire bowl -hey where’s my share?)
  • Home made baked sweet potato fries with herbs dipped in low fat sour cream, good for after school if you or  your child has been running around and needs something to hold them over for dinner
  • Thinly sliced apples with sprinkled cinnamon or other crunchy snacks like colorful sweet peppers
  • Fresh fruit, dried fruit

Special occasions: Not Everyday Snacks

  • Veggie Chips
  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Alphabet cookies
  • Squeezable yogurts with food additives and loaded with sugar
  • Cheese food with over-processed crackers (why do you think it goes by cheese-food. It needs to be identified   as food, so your child doesn’t think it’s play dough (ha!)
  • Trail mix with chocolate chips
  • Chips: Baked or Regular
  • Freeze Dried Food

For more on healthy snacking see Saving the Snack Emergency

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  1. Amanda on March 17th, 2009 4:16 pm

    Our toddler loves to snack on mozzarella sticks, fries, and loaded potato skins. Should these not be considered everyday snacks?
    Hi Amanda, These would be foods to choose on special occasions, not as everyday foods. Mozzarella sticks are deep fried, so instead, try using mozzarella melted on baked blue corn chips with a little salsa. Kids usually love nachos and baked blue corn chips are packed with vitamins and phytonutrients that are good your child’s brain.
    Try sweet potato fries, which you can buy with out hydrogenated fats. They can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store, or make them yourself. Baked your own sweet potatoes and cut into finger size pieces. They are great with a little low fat sour cream and a dash of an herb blend, like Ms Dash. Be sure to scrub the skins good before baking. If you baked them wrapped in tin foil -they’ll be sweeter. Then unwrapped and cook for the last 5 minutes to help them get that crispy french fry taste.

  2. Heather on March 17th, 2009 7:05 pm

    Thank you so much for the snack ideas:) I feel like I am in a rut so it is nice to have some other options to switch it up a bit.

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