Snack Time

So I’ve got kids and like to graze, so this means snacks.  Snacks sometime get a bad reputation.  There’s the thought that a snack is something big on carbs and suagr, low on nutrition and processed out of a bag.  Not at our house.  I like to think of snacks as mini meals with various textures (a little creamy, a little crunchy).  They could even be left-overs.  I think it should have some carbs but also some protein to sustain energy and not give a sugar rush (which will leave you hungrier and unsatisfied).  I factored in snacks when making my hunger challenge food list.  Both for packing for my son’s lunch, when we’re on-the-go and eating at home. 


Here’s are some favorites:

pita with cheese (pita could be toasted or not)

pita with hummus (pita could be cut or not, or baked in the oven for “chips”)

organic carrot sticks and edamame with hummus

organic apple alices with sunflower butter (we like nutspreads too, but not duing the challenge) – above

smoothies – any combo of yogurt, and fresh and frozen fruit (see yesterday’s below)

fruit with yogurt dip – a simple dip of plain yogurt and lemon and squeeze of honey, syrup or agave is good with fruit.

slice of cheese and trail mix – we usually create our own trail mix from raisins, cereal, seeds and nuts (though too expensive this week to buy all thins individually)

organic apple sauce and fig bar

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

You can make just about any smoothie with some fruit and yogurt and either milk or juice.  I like to have bananas in the freezer waiting and ready (or just think ahead an hour or two).  This makes the smoothie creamy and thick and there’s no need for ice, which can be a choking hazard for little ones.

makes 2 cups

1 frozen banana

4 strawberries (about 1/3 cup), tops removed

2/3 cup organic milk

1/3 cup plain organic yogurt (can freeze too for thicker texture)

Blend all together in a blender.  Adjust thickness and consistency with milk. 

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