Start the School Year off Right!
Want to know the best snack to eat? That’s easy. One that’s nutritious and you enjoy. I know, you’re thinking, well no duh. But for many of us it’s not that simple. Choking down a dry rice cake or a bag of potato chips seems like the norm. Sure they’re quick and easy but what are you getting out of them? Nothing.
The Problem with Most Snacks
The majority of snacks fool you into thinking they’ll cure your grumbling stomach, but an hour later you’re searching in the fridge again, never really satisfied . Why? Most snacks lack fiber and protein, or any nutrients at all. Fiber and protein take longer to digest, therefore keep you feeling full longer. Plus you’re wasting calories on junk food and leaving little room for the foods your body needs. Snacks are a great way to sneak in the foods you might have missed at your regular meals. .
What Should you Eat?
This is a superb time to get those 5-9 fruits and vegetables in that you missed during the day. The night before work or school, you can cut up raw peppers, pop some cherry tomatoes in a bag or toss in a few baby carrots. You can buy small mini fruits like plums, tiny apples, little bananas. Your kids will love when they open their lunch boxes and find cool fruit kabobs. Cook up some Edamame to pop into your mouth as well.
Great Snack Ideas for your Whole Family
Here’s a list to get you started:
- Fresh strawberries drizzled with chocolate syrup
- Banana coins and peanut butter skewered onto pretzel sticks
- Frozen grapes
- Broccoli and cauliflower with Tzatziki dip
- Baked pear sprinkled with brown sugar
- Grilled pineapple
- Sliced kiwi on top of lime sherbet
- Carrots and hummus (or Edamumus- see recipe below)
- Two graham crackers, almond butter and smashed banana Smores
- Strawberries and a handful of pecans
- Apples dipped in peanut butter and covered in almonds
- Cheese stick with raspberries
- Mango and pineapple smoothie with coconut milk
- A bowl full of juicy cherries
- Banana, cut length wise, smeared with peanut butter & mini chocolate chips
- Goat cheese with blackberries
- Cucumber coin sandwiches stuffed with feta cheese and walnuts
- Rainbow fruit parfaits topped with whipped cream
- Vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries added
- Apricot stuffed with blue cheese
- Orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon
- Make your favorite fruit smoothie but freeze it into ice-pops instead
- Dried cranberries and walnuts with a glass of milk
- Chopped fresh tomato topped with feta cheese and a little lemon juice
- Toasted pumpkin seeds with a small Bosc pear
- Assorted melon balls over cottage cheese
- A plum tomato halved, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
- Figs stuffed with ricotta and sprinkled with cinnamon
- Red, orange and green peppers sliced long ways
- Whole wheat English muffin topped with avocado and tomatoes
- A handful of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon and a small apple
- Fruit kebobs with red grapes and tiny cheese wedges
- Walnuts and bananas added to your Greek yogurt
- Celery stuffed with almond butter
EDAMAMUS RECIPE (more nutritious than hummus!)
Like hummus? Like Edamame? Try homemade Edamamus!
1 1/2 cups cooked, shelled Edamame cooled
2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 medium cloves fresh garlic chopped
1 TBSP fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 TBSP fat free plain Greek yogurt
In a food processor combine Edamame, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and salt. Process til mixture is paste like and Edamame is finely chopped. Drizzle olive oil and blend until well mixed. Add yogurt and mix. Serve immediately or refridge for up to 3 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.
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So what do you think? Have enough ideas to get you started? Which are your favorite? Or better yet, tell me your favorite healthy snack! I love hearing from you. Please share your ideas below.
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