“Snacks should be a combination of protein, fats, and carbs, in order to keep you satiated, quell your hunger, and pack the nutrient punch you need.”
I come from a long line of snackers, so it is no surprise that both of my kids are following in my footsteps, vying for the title of ultimate snacker. Some people need to eat every few hours, while others can go longer between meals. It helps to know what works best for you and how you operate. The more you take an individualized approach to your eating, instead of falling into the trap of the latest diet fad everyone around you appears to be doing, then the more you are going to set yourself up for a successful and sustainable healthy lifestyle.
As I’m sure you are aware, not all snacks are created equally. There is nothing wrong with snacking between meals, but you want to be sure you are snacking smart. What do I mean by snacking smart? Snacks should be a combination of protein, fats, and carbs, in order to keep you satiated, quell your hunger, and pack the nutrient punch you need.
The best snacks both you and your kids will love:
- apples and peanut butter/almond butter
- hard boiled eggs
- “chips” and salsa/guacamole (not any chips but nutrient-rich chips – quinoa, black bean, probiotic, chia/flaxseed)
- turkey and cheese roll-up, wrapped in lettuce
- brown rice cake/low-glycemic toast with avocado
- roasted chickpeas
- hummus and veggies
I’ve noticed at times that kids may need a bit of enticing in order to try new and/or different foods. If you can make it fun or change it up, then they are generally more apt to give it a try. A few tips to peak their interest:
- cut it into fun shapes and sizes (If you can make a smiley face, they’ll gobble it up!)
- use a toothpick (Not for the little ones, but older kids find this incredibly fun.)
- allow them to make the snack tray (The more involved they are, the more likely they will be to try it.)
A good rule of thumb when it comes to snacks is to remember, it is just that- a snack. It is not a meal, so it should be smaller than a meal and should be spaced out between meals to not ruin appetites. Snacking can add to your health, as long as you do it smartly!