Snacks In A Snap
By Maureen Nagle M.S., L.N.
With families today, I find that providing them with quick snack ideas is key to staying healthy. Begin with making a commitment as a family that eating healthy is a priority. It is important that everyone feels a part of the decision to eat healthy and no one is singled out or forced to eat a certain way.
The first thing I explain to families that being busy is not an excuse to abandon good nutrition. Who says fast food only comes from a drive thru window? I believe the true happy meals are the ones that are kept simple and made from whole natural ingredients at home. Below are some simple tactics and ideas for snacks that are convenient, healthy, and affordable.
Here are some necessary steps to make sure your family is snacking healthfully in the upcoming week.
- Prepare a variety of snacks in bulk
- Purchase plastic containers or baggies to organize and store snacks
- Make large quantities and freeze the extras to be used later
- Communicate to the family the location of the snacks and make them accessible
- Work together as a family to plan snacks that are healthy and taste good
It is optimal to include some healthy protein, fat and carbohydrate at each snack.
This supports stable blood sugar levels, from which the whole family benefits.
This provides the necessary fuel for energy, brain function, and overall health. It will also help decrease the cravings for junk food.
Why Snacking is Healthy
Have you ever noticed that your children come in the door from school and inhale the first processed carbohydrate they can get their hands on? This is a classic example of low blood sugar symptoms setting us up to overeat and make poor food choices. To prevent kids from walking in the door and grabbing the box of cereal, chips and cookies I have provided a list of healthy snack options that will help them refuel and rebalance their blood sugar to help prevent filling up on junk before dinner.
Healthy Snack Ideas
- 2 slices of natural deli meat
1 Tbsp of cream cheese
1 small piece of fruit
- 1 snack pack of natural Applesauce (cinnamon is great)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder mixed with applesauce
(this snack is excellent before sports practice)
- 1 authentic corn tortilla
1 piece of chee se (put in tortilla and melt in microwave)
- 1 hardboiled Egg
1 pear sliced
- 3 celery sticks or apple slices
1-2 T natural peanut butter (Maranatha or Parker’s Farm is excellent tasting)
1 slice of cheese
Our bodies are designed to eat smaller portions more frequently. It is ideal to be eating
5-8 times daily to satisfy our energy demands in this fast paced world.
I encourage clients to utilize one day a week to stock up their kitchen with healthy snack ingredients. This practice will support healthy eating all week long.
Maureen Nagle M.S., L.N.
Licensed Nutritionist and Founder of Nutritional Resources
Nourishing Your Mind, Body and Soul
7200 France Ave S Ste 236
Edina, MN 55435
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