Eating Well With Kim: Back to School Snacks

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Snacks: “The tried and true and the new”

- Fresh fruit of course is the best portable snack I can find; many fresh fruits are rinse and eat or peel and eat (i.e. convenient): apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, pears, peaches, plums, and berries.
- Cut and eat: watermelon, cantaloupe and other melons take a bit more prep work, but once cut yield plenty of fruit for two or more days.

Pre-cut options:
- Mom’s tip: pick up one type of precut produce a week – this will help you on those days that don’t go as planned, yet still give you a healthy grab and go snack to pack.
- I tend to go with the pre-sliced apples they hold up well an if we don’t eat them as snacks we toss them into salads later in the week.

What’s New? The pre packed snack packs that include fruit and vegetables and cheese.

- The one we like contains carrots, celery, cheese cubes, and apple slices.
- I love them because they combine the different food groups and include vegetables.

Other good snack ideas:
- Hummus—it is great as a portable high protein/fiber snack, especially now that it comes in individual containers.
- Guacamole—also a great snack now available in single servings (try the wholly guacamole brand—it is delicious.
- Enjoy Life has a great snack mix containing only seeds (i.e. not nuts which makes it okay for a nut free school or classroom. It is delicious!
- Lastly, edamame is one of my favorite after school snacks to set out. High in protein, flavor and fiber—stock it in your freezer all the time.

Until next time: “Eat Well, Shop Well.”

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