We are big snackers here. I want to revamp the meals I fix as well, but I want to start with what is available to munch on because I think we usually have too much junk.
Guiding principles: homemade, low sugar content, whole grains, fresh whole foods when available/affordable, nutritious and delicious!
(Another secret goal that I will never admit to so “I’m just speaking hypothetically…” *nervous whistling*… is, if my child snacks too much or too close to mealtime and isn’t hungry for dinner, I won’t stress about it. Because heck, if my kid has just munched on an apple, some cashews and a homemade oatmeal cookie, I’m thinking that’ll get ’em where they need to be.)
So here’s my sketched up list of…
- cut veggies (usually carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper)
- cheese (sliced by me or string cheese)
- hard boiled eggs
- muffins or cookies (loaded with whole grains, nuts, dried fruit, or other tasty nutritious ingredients)
- homemade granola (again, whole grains, nuts, etc.)
- soy milk
- fruit (in season and as we can afford it, although we almost always have a bag of apples on hand)
- dried fruit
- homemade bread or roll (whole grains/nuts) with some kind of topping (peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon & sugar, etc.)
I’m hoping to come up with some new ideas of things my kids will love (and forget about how much they loved the pre-packaged stuff.) If you’ve come up with something fabulous that your kids love, please share it in a comment! We could come up with a huge wonderful list of awesome snacks!
Here’s a pic of my “Breakfast Cookies” which are as healthy as can be! For the recipe, read this post: New Project