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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Make Taking Their Lunch Fun

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Kids are notoriously picky eaters. It's hard enough to make something they'll like for a meal at home, so how are you supposed to make your child's school lunch enjoyable and healthy at the same time? Here are some tips for you to help your child realize that bringing a lunch to school can be fun.

Bite Sizes

Smaller foods are often more fun to eat. Instead of giving your child a whole sandwich, cut it up into triangles. Rather than packing him a complete orange, section it out for him and put it in a small container.

Surprise Inside

Wanting your child to eat healthy doesn't mean that you can never give him junk food. Once a week, put a small candy bar or bag of chips in your child's lunch box. To make him even more excited, change the day each week so he won't know in advance.

Sectioned Containers

When you're a kid, food usually isn't very appetizing if it's touching other food. To make sure your child's crackers aren't contaminated with broccoli, use sectioned containers. This can also help your child like sandwiches better. Keeping all the sandwich ingredients separate will keep the bread from getting soggy.

Same Meal, Same Day

If your child really wants whatever is being served at school, pack them the same thing. For instance, you could pack your child English muffins, spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese, and sandwich meat so they can make their own pizzas on pizza day.

Themes

Choosing a theme for your child's noon-time meal can make eating away from home more enjoyable for him. You could choose to only pack green food for a day, then only give him circular food the next. You could even make food from a certain culture.

Notes

Pack a note with your child's food every day to make it more fun. The notes could hint at what you're planning to make for supper, or they could each contain a word for your child to arrange into a sentence once he has them all. Simple puzzles are fun for older children.

You can pack foods with a certain theme or just stick a bite size candy bar in your child's bag once a week. Either way, your child might resist taking food from home at first, but he'll start to enjoy it once he realizes how fun it can be.