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Friday, June 21, 2013

Quick Tips: Fast {Healthy} Food




 
Quick Tip: Fast {HEALTHY} Food
Next time you go grocery shopping, stock up on a few of these items to be used as Fast Snacks! To make enjoying them even easier (for both you and your children), before you put them away, separate them into pre-measured baggies or Tupperware and grab and go!

• Carrot sticks, apple wedges, celery spears, cauliflower, broccoli, pea pods, or pretty much any other fruit or vegetable makes a great snack. For extra fun, dip in peanut butter, almond butter, fat free ranch, or hummus!

• Trail Mix! I’m not talking about that horrible trail mix that you buy in a bag, I’m talking about making it yourself, and letting your child help in the customization! You can add pretty much anything to trail mix, and letting your child pick out the ingredients makes it even better. Here are some of our family favorites to add to our trail mix: Pretzels, a variety of cereals, candies (mmm m&m’s!), goldfish, any type of nuts (sunflowers are our favorite), raisins, bagel chips, and dried fruit)

• Beans straight from the can! (I haven’t tried this one with my kids yet, but the site I saw it on recommended Chickpeas)

• Fruit Smoothies! For this special treat, freeze individual Ziploc baggies of banana chunks, berries, apple chunks, or any other fruit, you can mix them together or freeze them by themselves. When you want one, pull the baggie out of the freezer, mix in blender with juice, soymilk, fat free milk, or even frozen yogurt to make a great treat. For even more fun, let your child fill the baggies with their favorite combination!

Soon I hope to have these quick tips available in a special section of my website.  I'm still working on the coding for a random generator, but once that is figured out, they'll be up!

Do you have any quick tips that you would like to share?  If so, leave them in the comments below and you might be featured in an upcoming post!



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