Mommy Katie: Top Nutrient Filled Summer Snacks for Families on the Go (Guest Post)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Top Nutrient Filled Summer Snacks for Families on the Go (Guest Post)

Summertime is here, so make sure you have some tasty and healthy snacks ready and available for your family. Don’t let the easily accessible afternoon ice cream; BBQs, and unhealthy snacks get the best of you. While there are plenty of snacks in stores, many are processed and can be quite unhealthy. It’s important that you have options that are affordable, quick, and healthy. Fill your summer days with delicious and nutritious snack options that will leave your family and your waistline, satisfied.

Cheerios

Remember back when a bowl of Cheerios was how you started your day before school? As it turns out, your mom was right on the nutrient money serving those for breakfast. The whole-grain oats contained in Cheerios and other whole-grain cereals are perfectly digested to provide essential fiber and are a great source of Beta Glucan. Beta Glucan is proven to naturally boost the immune system, along with many other noted health benefits. Try prepackaging them in small baggies for each of your children, or even for you to snack on while you’re on the go.

Homemade trail mix

Though trail mix and granola may sound a bit 1970’s, they can actually make an extremely healthy snack for you and your family. The key is to move away from unhealthy fats and move more towards naturally toasted grains, nuts and berries for the best nutritional punch. Start by toasting oats in your oven, or purchasing pre-toasted oats from the store. Keep nuts as close to their natural raw state as possible so you’re able to enjoy the healthy oils. Instead of opting for chocolate, as found in many trail mixes, look towards more exotic dried fruit. Try cranberries, blueberries or even goji berries to boost the nutrition and keep both sugars and fats low.

Fresh cut watermelon

Is there anything more summery than fresh cut watermelon? Not only is the juice extremely hydrating making it perfect for a sport snack, it’s also low in calories and considered a very nutrient-dense food. Try juicing it and making it into a tasty ice pop, or simply offer cut up wedges to your hungry kids. Aim for the seedless variety if you’re planning to serve it to the youngsters, as it’s easy for them to swallow the seeds.

Fresh cut vegetable dippers

You may find yourself often reminding your family to eat their vegetables, but are you making that a fun experience? Kids love interesting shapes and textures, and are more likely to try things that play to this. Try using a paper ice cream cone cup to hold carrot sticks, cucumber halves and sweet cherry tomatoes with a variety of dipping sauces on the side. While many pre-bottled sauces can be unhealthy, homemade hummus or yogurt-based sauces are easy to make, delicious to eat and healthy to give your family. For snacks on the go, invest in some small dipping cups and baggies of veggies for both you and the kids. It’s excellent food made easy.

For families on the go, it’s essential to have a plan for your snacking. Keep it simple, and healthy with these snack options that are perfect eats for the summer heat. Fulfill your kid’s snack time cravings with foods that contribute nutritional value, while also keeping the calories down.



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