Healthy Snacks

I love the start of a new School year, so much promise and good intentions. With this thought I turn my attention to healthy snacks. After a long Summer of indulgence, how can I fine tune our families eating to promote more healthy choices and eating perhaps more mindfully and in moderation?

Healthier snack suggestions that I have come up with:

  • Meats: ham, pepperoni, chicken etc
  • Boiled egg
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit of all shapes, colours and sizes
  • Bread sticks
  • Hummus
  • Vegetables/crudités
  • Homemade mini Pizzas
  • Popcorn
  • Tortilla rolls (fill a tortilla wrap with a filling of choice, roll and then cut into bite sized portions)
  • Cucumber sandwiches (use the cucumber as bread and add a bite sized filling of cheese or ham etc.)
  • Lettuce boats (use a gem lettuce leaf or another variety that will hold its shape and fill with a filling of choice)
  • Raw balls (if you Google raw balls a myriad of options will come up. Fundamentally they are a mixture of dates, seeds and/or nuts mixed together and rolled into balls, yum!)
  • Ice lollies (home made with juice and if being adventurous add some fruit to it)

Where possible I always encourage my daughter to have some sort of protein and/or a carbohydrate with her snacks.

Seeking opportunities for my daughter to be involved in selecting making, presenting, packing her own snacks is looked for and encouraged. I am all for building independence in the next generation.

At this point I should also say that as a busy mum, I fully support going to the cupboard and grabbing a pre-packaged snack conveniently purchased from the supermarket! You have to do what works best for your family; however, we can be more thoughtful in our choices.

What healthy snacks would you add to the list?

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