First, learn what foods/snacks are your downfall and BAN them entirely from your home! These are the unhealthy choices that you cannot keep from eating tons or all of, if in the house. Don't torture yourself by knowing they are there.
Next, you will find that most of us crave a certain textures and taste. I know my downfall is salty and crunchy snacks, so I created a list of alternative healthy snacks that I keep posted in my cabinet for various temptations I get. Feel free to print it out, add YOUR favorites alternative healthy snacks in the appropriate heading and post it so you can check it out before snacking on the worse choice possible!
Have these food items on hand for when cravings hit! Remember that the less processed (more natural) a food is, the better it is for your health.
Are you in the mood for:
Something Sweet and Soft? Fruit, yogurt, banana, prunes, grapes with a square of DARK CHOCOLATE (only dark) or how about eating a gummy vitamin instead?
Something Sweet and Crunchy? Apple or apple slices with peanut butter or even better, sprinkled cinnamon (which stabilizes blood sugar and may lower cholesterol), cereal with nuts, celery, granola in yogurt, carrots, TUMS (it's a calcium supplement!) or another type of chewable vitamin! I never seem to remember to EAT my vitamins and this is a great way to start!
Something Salty? Nuts, pretzels, lite popcorn, veggies with hummus, a slice or two of fake bacon (soy)
Something Warm? Baked (I microwave it) apple sprinkled with cinnamon, chai tea, cocoa, slightly melted string cheese on cuke or tomato slice, granola or favorite cereal with WARM milk
Something Cold? Watermelon, FROZEN grapes (try them, surprisingly good-yum!) breakfast drink with COLD milk, sorbet, Italian ice, ice water with a slice of lemon or cucumber in it. I personally love ice cold milk and freeze some milk ice cubes to add to a glass occasionally.
Reward yourself with NON FOOD related items to encourage your health; nice sneakers, fancy jogging clothes. Buy locally for the health of your community too. Co-ops are great! And finally, make KALE a part of your diet!
I hope one of these hints are new to you and that it helps you all stay vital and healthy!
What is really nice about these snacks is that you use plain ice cream cones so there really is no mess to clean up. They look good, are delicious, and have fruit, which is not always easy to get them to eat. And you control what you want to put in them.
To make it less messy, you can always use a pastry bag or sandwich bag with a end cut off to put these into the cup's without making a mess. Make sure the hole is big enough for the fruit to get through.
If you want, add what the kid's like, making sure the fruit you have washed is dry. You can add nuts or coconut and sprinkles on the top for that "boy that look's good" look.
Note: I also would dry the cherries on a paper towel so they do not cause the whipping cream to become runny.
I hope these are some help for you I think they are great and it gives them fruit which they need and something not filling like a lot of other things are. Enjoy!
By Darlene from Fairview, PA
The containers are perfect for making individual servings of snacks for kids. I use them for making jello cups, pudding cups, snack packs of trail mix or any other healthy snack the kids may enjoy. The kids love them! I keep a ready supply of healthy snacks available that they are able to enjoy.
The little packs are perfect for outings also. By using these containers, I am able to put together a supply snacks for far less than the cost of buying the prepackaged snack packs at the store. They also encourage healthy snacking in that I am in control of what they eat. I know how much (if any) sugar is in their snacks.
By Prairie Mom from Oklahoma
I am looking for ideas for very inexpensive, low fat, healthy snacks. I do have access to a microwave at work and not always a fridge. I eat apples and pretzels every day and need something else.
Mindy from Oregon
Healthy Snack Ideas
Chicken noodle soup
Green or red peppers
Peanut butter crackers
Whole wheat cereal with skim milk
Whole wheat bagel or toast
Pure bran muffins
Broth-based vegetable soup
Skim and low-fat milk