Kid's Corner: Healthy Snacks for You and Your Kids
I'm a big fan of planning ahead so there's always a healthy option that's easy to grab, but even the best planners need a back up option for those days that are just insanely busy. Here are some of my favorite on-the-go snacks, both for when you have time to prep ahead, and for when you just need to grab something and go:
Prep ahead snacks
Steamed edamame: This yummy snack only takes minutes. You can portion it out into Tupperware and share with your kids in the car! Be sure to bring a separate container for disposing the empty pods.
"Ants on a log": This traditional snack is great for kids. Just chop celery stalks into thirds, spread peanut butter in the groove of the stalk, and top with a row of raisins. As I always say–use what you have. You can use almond butter or hummus for the spread and top it with cranberries or nuts. Throw a bunch of these in a zip-loc bag for easy access for on the go.
Hummus: This is a great snack food because it has protein and fiber. Accompany it with bread, tortillas, crackers, pita, or vegetables (use what you have!). Just stick it into a Tupperwear and you're good to go.
Grab 'n Go snacks
Fresh fruit: Nothing beats a perfectly ripe piece of fruit that's in season. During September, look for apples, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, pears, figs, and peaches. Bryn really loves blueberries because they're easy for her to just pop in her mouth.
Almonds: If you need to satisfy sugar craving, have a little dark chocolate with a small handful of raw almonds. For salt cravings, pop chips, soy chips, or seaweed snacks are great. Make sure to put a portion into a baggie. Don't munch straight from the bag.
Skinnygirl On-the-Go bars: They are perfect for a little sweet snack and super easy to keep in your purse for when you need a boost. They only have 200 calories and they're natural, kosher, and vegan. Plus, the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate flavor is formulated gluten free!
What are your go-to snacks for you and your kids? Share your suggestions in the comments below!