Simple Snacks For Every Day

Whether you are busy in the office or out and on the go, hunger strikes all the time. In those cases, it is pretty easy to run down to the local fast food chain and grab something quick, or even grab some food at the convenient store. Yet, when we are hungry, we do not always make the healthiest choices. At that point in time, it is all about what you can eat and fast to settle your hungry belly. Yet, here are some healthy and simple snacks that you should keep close by you in the office or at home (or even to stash in your car) so that you always have a good snack close by.

 Snack Tray

  • Almonds. Almonds are full of nutrients as they are especially full of vitamin B, Vitamin E, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and many more. If you are on the go, almonds are a quick snack that does not require a spoon or two hands, you can just grab a handful and eat these on the go.
  • Multigrain waffle with fresh berries. If you are at home or at work, sometimes you want something a little more filling than just a quick snack, right? Try a waffle with some fresh strawberries or blueberries. If you are looking to take this snack on the go, you can always just smear on some fruit preserves, fold the waffle in half and head out the door!
  • Dried apricots. Dried fruits are a great way to get a sweet snack, while giving your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs. Also, as fruits have natural sugar, they will give you a bit of an energy boost too!
  • Wheat Chex. While we tend to give our children cereals as snacks, they are good for adults too. Just put one cup of wheat Chex or plain cheerios into a zip block bag and keep them near you in the car or at the office.
  • Celery sticks filled with part skim ricotta cheese. Celery sticks are always a great snack, as they are mostly water and make you feel full. Yet, many people complain that they do not have flavor. To make these a little bit tastier, add some ricotta cheese. Yum!
  • Sliced cucumbers with laughing cow cheese. Cucumbers are a great snack to have as they are crunchy and delicious. Pair these with some of those laughing cow cheeses and you have a quick and easy snack in a few minutes.
  • Simple Bar. There are a variety of granola bars on the market right now. Currently, the simple bars and the cliff bars are always my go to. Yet, simple bars have less sugar than cliff bars, so I like to stick to those when I can—but they are a little pricier.
  • Apples with peanut butter. Apples on their own are a good go-to as they offer so many benefits, including fiber. Add a little peanut butter and cut your apple in to “boats” and enjoy!
  • Popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon. Popcorn with cinnamon beats buttery popcorn any day. Yet, this snack will leave some cinnamon on your fingers so make sure that you are not writing, driving, or doing something that will require you to use your hands until you are finished eating.

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Chicken Fingers – a nutritious snack for your kid?

Kids love to eat finger foods – I swear, if my child could eat only finger foods all day, he’d be in heaven. There’s just something that is so fun about them – they are easy to make, easy to eat, and usually the simple snacks that most kids love, regardless of age (admit it, even you love them!). It can be hard, however, to find something that is actually healthy for our kids.

Now, if your child is anything like mine, chicken strips are a quick and easy meal or snack that are a hit with almost every kid. They are crunchy, can be dipped in sauces, and have a yummy, salty-sweet breaded crust to munch on.  But how healthy are they really?  Are they good for everyday, or more like a dessert – to be eaten in moderation? Here are a few bits about Chicken Fingers that may help you decide.

Chicken Fingers

They have protein.

Chicken is well known for having protein in it.  Any meat has protein in fairly generous quantities. Protein is something that your kids need to grow, as it is a major component of our ability to build muscle cells – and some proteins are even necessary for our cells to function, and are responsible for keeping us healthy.

 

They have breading.

This one isn’t really either way.  Breading in excess can contain extra sugar or carbohydrates that your little one’s body doesn’t actually need, but it can be good for them in moderation – after all, our body does need some sugar to function correctly as well. Just make sure that the breading isn’t the main portion of the chicken finger.

Options

You have a lot of options when it comes to Chicken fingers.  I prefer to take strips of grilled chicken, and I wrap them in bacon and cook them for my kiddos.  It’s still delicious, and has the crunch that kids like – with the added bonus of having protein and fats that we can use instead of breading.

Another option is to take your average Chicken Fingers and create a wrap out of them.  I love to take chicken fingers, Caesar dressing, olives, and most people enjoy lettuce and tomatoes. I wrap these in a tortilla and make a delicious Caeser Chicken wrap.

If you are in a hurry to get out of the door, the protein and carbohydrates can make a good snack for your child as-is. Simply grab them, and a small to-go container of any sauces your child might like, and you have a delicious, relatively mess-free snack for the car.

No matter how you choose to prepare chicken fingers for your child, it is a viable option as a snack or even a meal on a controlled basis.  While you don’t want to serve chicken fingers every day of the week, it is much healthier than pizza rolls, cookies, or other foods commonly associated as a snack. Plus, it’s almost as easy to make as something that your child shouldn’t eat often!

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On-the-go Healthy Snacks

Fresh Fruit Kabobs And Dip

Quick, Healthy and Delicious Snacks For Kids

If you're a mom, you're all too familiar with the concept of being busy. Since you're constantly on the go, making healthy snack options for your kids can often seem like a difficult task. Thankfully, it's not as hard as you think. Instead of letting your kids munch on fast food, introduce them to these simple yet delicious healthy snacks.
Veggies and Dip
Creamy ranch dip (not ranch dressing) can make an excellent small meal option for youngsters. Not only can the right recipe of ranch dip be healthy, but it can also be filling. To make this dip, you need nonfat buttermilk, salt, onion powder, minced garlic, black pepper, fresh dill (if the kids like it), parsley and softened cream cheese. Once you gather all these ingredients, put the buttermilk and softened cream cheese together in a tiny bowl. Then, mix them well using a whisk. Finally, integrate all of the rest of the components by thoroughly stirring them in, too. Once your dip is prepared, serve it with fresh sliced vegetables such as broccoli florets, carrots and celery. Not only will your kids love it, but it's also excellent nutrition-wise. You can also try it with healthy crackers - those high in whole grains and fiber, and without sugar and artificial flavorings.
Fruit and Cheese KabobsIf you're looking for a tasty, protein-rich snack for your kids, then fruit and cheese kabobs can make a fun and quick option. All you have to do is purchase low-fat cheese cubes and several options of fresh fruit -- think melons, strawberries, bananas, raspberries and apples. After that, all you have to do is put them on wooden skewers. Not only do children usually think these kabobs are yummy and filling, but they also can be helpful for keeping them active and satisfied until supper is ready. At home, you can add some plain or vanilla yogurt for dipping. And they're easily portable if you're on your way to soccer practice.

Whole Grain Chips
Tortilla chips also can make a nutritious and kid-friendly snack, especially if they're whole grain. Cover these chips with shredded cheese, salsa and vegetables. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, they have some good options. You can also let your kids dip the chips in a tasty guacamole or the ranch dip above.
Other Ideas
If your children are in the mood for a sweeter snack option, not many things can top good old-fashioned graham crackers. For some extra fun, flavor and nutrition, let them dip the graham crackers in applesauce. Or stick to the traditional milk.Hummus is yet another excellent healthy snack for kids. The Middle Eastern staple food dip is chock-full of protein and fiber. It's also rich in olive oil, which is beneficial for the heart. Allow your kids to nosh on hummus with slices of fresh vegetables. Since hummus has a pleasantly subtle taste, kids are sure to appreciate it. Eat with veggies or chips.

Keep your kids healthy, content and active by serving them these nutritious snacks. Kiss junk foods goodbye. These snacks are all perfect for the chaotic, on-the-go lifestyles of families with kids.