Sometimes I feel like my kids will eat me out of house and home. I do not know where my kids (who barely make it on the charts for weight) put all the food they eat! In our house we try hard to provide a balanced meal with fats/protein/veggies so that the kids don’t snack as often. But snacking is inevitable with growing kids, so we try to keep the snacks simple and healthy options. We give the kids pretty much free reign to apples/bananas and organic cheese sticks. But if I am preparing a snack or throwing something in my purse these are some of our go-to options:
Veggies and hummus-my kids love carrots, sweet peppers, cucumbers and snap peas
Smoothies- Usually a milk/kefir base with frozen organic fruit and a plant based protein powder added.
Kefir-this is a fermented milk product that is similar to yogurt, but has a more diverse range of probiotics
Oranges/Grapes (when in season)
Organic Cheese sticks (we love the organic valley from Costco)
Chips and Salsa (Organic Non-Gmo tortilla chips with jarred organic salsa. If you want to avoid BPA you can certainly make your own salsa.)
Rasins, dried apples, dates or banana chips
Packets of organic applesauce
Homemade whole grain muffins (I don’t always make muffins but these are fun to mix up the monotony and I have heard they freeze well. This website is awesome for recipes!)
Homemade chia seed pudding (recipe below)
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
- 2cups milk (whole milk or almond milk*)
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-4tablespoons of maple syrup
- pinch of celtic sea salt
- Combine milk and chia seeds in a bowl. Whisk together.
- Add remaining ingredients and whisk.
- Cover and place in fridge overnight.
- Serve as is, or with fresh fruit, coconut chips, a dash of cinnamon or sliced almonds.
*Make Almond milk from scratch or if using store bought avoid brands that contain carrageenan. I prefer raw or organic whole milk.
What do your kids like for snacks? Have any quick fool-proof recipes or links to share, comment below!