Summer Time Snacks

Do you have trouble with kids home from school wanting to eat junk all day long?  I sure do!  I love these ideas from Leanne ELy.  She has a free weekly healthy foods newsletter that you can sign up for on her website listed below.

Enjoy the summer snack ideas

Summer Time Snacks by Leanne Ely, C.N.C.

It’s summer. They’re home. They’re whining and most of all,
they’re constantly hungry. So what’s a mom to do?

Feed ’em!

Kids need snacks, but not constant grazing. You need to make
sure the snacks are healthy and are going to do them some good,
nutritionally. Just giving them the junk that they clamor for
from watching too much TV is going to keep them eating
continually. It makes sense, if you think about it. When your
children (or you for that matter) don’t get the nutrition
necessary, their bodies are still craving those nutrients and
will keep signaling that it’s time to eat-even after downing a
bag of Doritos and drinking a whole liter of Pepsi. They might
be temporarily full-but never satisfied because the body was
never fed. See why good nutrition is so important?

So let’s get a grip on this summertime food issue. Not having a
plan (as we well know!) is a recipe for disaster. You know how
to make a grocery list-how about adding some of these items on
your list this week?

Veggie Ranch. I think my son will eat anything with ranch
dressing on it. It’s not my very favorite thing in the world
nutritionally, but if you blend it up with some non-fat cottage,
you’ve got a fairly decent dip. Add baby carrots, celery sticks,
broccoli flowerettes and even some cherry tomatoes and you have
a veggie platter they’ll love. Keep your ready-to-go veggies
(separated in big plastic zip-top bags) and dip (in a container)
within easy reach and let that be your first answer when they
ask. Remind your children to pour their dip into their own bowls-
you just KNOW they’re going to double dip!

Favor Fruit. Summer is fruit season. Snip some grapes from the
bunch and they have a great snack to go. A banana is a season-
less fruit and easy to grab, too. Watermelon is perfect this
time of year with the heat and everything-why not have it sliced
up and cold in the fridge, ready to go? Ditto that idea with any
melon. You might even make up a fruit salad of honeydew and
cantaloupe. My troops love this treat and grab the plastic bowl
and help themselves when it’s in the fridge. And don’t forget
the perennial favorite: apple slices dipped in peanut butter.

Pop up. I am a huge fan of popcorn. Lots of roughage (like your
grandma used to say) and a fun snack that won’t take major bites
out of your budget, too. Use an air popper (way cheaper than the
microwave kind and none of those nasty hydrogenated fats either)
and add a teeny bit of butter. We also add a little grated
romano cheese. My kids love this!

Nuts to you. I keep raw almonds in the fridge and will mix some
almonds with dried apricots. Talk about your fiber count-yee
haw! Plus the added bonus of all those nutrients. Great snack for
kids and adults alike!

Cheese Whiz! Not that icky stuff you squirt out on a cracker.
But string cheese and cheddar cubes, for starters. Skip American
cheese-it’s not cheese but cheese “product”. That should be
enough to scare you away!

There’s five easy ones. Want more? Go to www.savingdinner.com and on the
bottom of the home page, scroll down to the google bar and type in snacks
for 100 great snack ideas!

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