For about six week now, my husband and I have been on an extremely healthy diet kick. We experiment with being Vegan for 3 weeks last November and loved how we felt. We started again at the end of March but have made a few adjustments to the Vegan diet so we could live with it longer like adding eggs and fish. I have been gluten free for almost 5 years and only this year has my husband starting asking for gluten free bread!
So have hope that if you want your kids to eat healthier- it has to start with you. Be the example you want them to model. Here are a few snack ideas that you can start experimenting with to see what works for your family.
Veggies and Dip– my favorite is cucumbers with hummus but you can use many vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, bell peppers or even asparagus. There are so many flavors of hummus out there these days such as sundried tomato and red pepper, garlic, pesto, spicy, cilantro and dill just to name a few. There are also white bean dips to try if hummus is not your favorite. My favorite is the spicy hummus from Trader Joe’s with sliced cucumbers because it’s crunchy, spicy, low calorie and refreshing. Guacamole or even salad dressing would work to as a dip. Try to avoid the high fat cheese dips if possible since they are not considered healthy or even nutritionally valuable.
Fruit and Dip– in the photo above, I made a raw macadamia nut cream and a raw chocolate hazelnut cream to dip fruit into when I was experimenting with a totally raw diet over a year ago. I learned about some great recipes that I still use today. You can have the fruit without the dip but I think it’s more fun for kids when they have a dip. Try it both ways and see what works. You can always use almond butter as you sidekick with the fruit too
Shake– Who doesn’t love a “milkshake”? Well it doesn’t have to be made of dairy, it can be coconut, almond, rice or hemp milk based too! Use one scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder (made preferably from egg, rice, or pea protein – NOT SOY!) and your child’s favorite frozen fruit (my husband loves the pineapple and I love raspberries) and voila! What makes it even more fun is if you have a magic bullet each child gets to blend their own cup. You can involve them in filling their individual cup, screw in the blade top on and blend. Somehow that works for adults too…
Hard Boiled Eggs– easy to make one time and have in the frig as a quick grab and go. You could even make egg salad and use that as a dip with your veggies or gluten free crackers.
Nuts– Stores carry big bags of individual serving size bags of nuts. Great for lunches or after school snacks.
A Health Bar– Whether it’s a protein bar or a fruit and nut bar, find a few to choose from that your family enjoys. I look for Gluten Free, organic, non GMO, soy free, and dairy free bars with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Buy one of a few that you seem to gravitate towards and try them before buying many. You will need to spend a little time at the store reviewing your options and comparing them to your nutritional needs. But once you find a few you like- your set!