Do We Have Any Good Snacks?
Whether your kids have just come home from a day of play or a day at school, they’re going to be hungry and ready to graze. What can you offer that is healthy, satisfying and won’t ruin dinner?
It’s best to offer foods you might see at meals, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and some lean meats. If dinner is going to be three or more hours away, consider carbohydrates for energy and protein to help them feel full. The idea is to offer foods that will quell hunger but still leave room for dinner.
Some suggestions? Yogurt with fresh or frozen berries, a mashed avocado on toast, or hummus and pita bread. Even a peanut butter or turkey sandwich with a glass of milk will work.
A kid-friendly “charcuterie board,” made in advance, is another idea offered by Laura O’Mary, registered dietitian for NorthBay Health. It’s a clever way to let your children graze on healthy finger foods while they fill you in on their day.
“Make several at a time and keep them in bento-box style Tupperware containers and they will stay fresh for several days,” she offered. “The board could include two or three kinds of crackers; grapes, strawberries and blueberries; cheese chunks; sliced apples or pears; popcorn and nuts; and a side of favorite dips, such as ranch dressing or hummus.”
It’s a delicious idea the whole family is sure to enjoy.
If you'd like more guidance on incorporating nutritious recipes and other healthy choices into your life, you can schedule an appointment with NorthBay Health dietitian, Laura O’Mary at (707) 624-7900.