I don’t know about you, but summer time can be a killer for your nutrition schedule. With activities for the kids taking us out of the house so much and then trying to keep up with work, house work, schedules, etc, a good eating routine can be killed by choosing the wrong snacks or ‘snacks of convenience.’
It seems so easy to grab chips, pop, candy just to have something to keep you going. This is a dangerous road to go down. The solution; make your own snacks of convenience that are healthy, readily available and made for ‘on the go’ lifestyles.
Here are a few of my fav’s that even my picky little eaters have no problem taking to the park. Hey and the ones that require some prep…make enough to last a few days and involve the little darlings in. When they get involved, they are more apt to eat it too without compromise.
- Sangwich’s (hey, in light of Jersey Shores premiering tonight). Make a few of your favorites in the morning or the night before, cut them in half and they are ready for on the fly living. My choices? Peanut butter (natural) and banana, organic honey, sugar free jam and left over meats. (I’m not a fan of deli meats since the are full of sodium.) Always on whole grain breads or wraps.
- Veggies. Carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, bell peppers…whatever you like. I have a container in the fridge with these always. The kids know that they are a goto choice that they never have to ask for. Some low fat or fat free salad dressing or dips make for a great add on to add some life to them. Remember though, dip, not scoop.
- Deviled Eggs. These are something that have great protein, healthy fats and taste awesome with some celery, a little mustard and fat free mayo. They keep well for only a couple of days. The kids love mashing up the yokes and piping the mix into the whites.
- Fruit. There is always fresh fruit around our table, counter and fridge. These are great on their own but I suggest fruit as a partner with the sandwich choice to slow the natural sugar uptake that the fruit provides.
- Salad. This a great way to get your veggies. Not the ideal on the go snack but for those times when you just want something to fill the gap, you are good to go.
- Trail Mix. Here is where I will go get the store bought version, but I do look for the ones that have not gone through a lot of processing. Stay away from dried fruits and go with nuts and seed mixes. No salt, no sugars, just the good stuff. You can make your own, but the time and varieties…no thanks. There are so many options available there is a taste for everyone. Add some yogurt to it and you have a great, quick and easy hunger killer.
So, I know that there are a lot of other choices available. These are just a few of mine. Tell me what you do. Our readers would love to have as many options as they can and you might just have a great one too that I haven’t thought of, so share!