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I keep one of those little plastic baskets used for organizing in a cupboard that my kids can reach. This basket is filled with snacks that I feel they can eat without me knowing or are healthy alternatives to treats. We call it our snack basket. It is also a good tool to use with our toddler who likes to snack all day. We can put only a few snacks into the basket and when they are gone, then no more snacks!
Source: This is from many different sources, but "Super Nanny" had the idea for limiting snacks with a snack jar.
By Rachel from Indianapolis, IN
By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN
"Kids love to snack, and the good news is that snacking is important to a child's well being.
Children are growing and developing rapidly. Active children have an increased need for energy as well as other essential nutrients, but they have small stomachs. They need to eat a lot, but have difficulty eating a lot at one time ... Here are some quick and easy snack ideas for you to try. Enjoy!
If you're like me and always want to run to the vending machine and have a sweet or salty snack, then this tip is for you! I always keep a bag of trail mix or dried fruit in my desk drawers so anytime I'm hungry, I can save myself from picking an unhealthy snack.
If you're like me, nightly nibbles are hard to resist when watching evening TV. To eliminate the negative feelings I was having about all the fat in most snack foods, I have started snacking on whole grain cereals.
I recently was given a bag filled with the plastic baby food containers. The containers are the type that have a clear plastic snap on lid and are typically sold in a twin pack.
The following come in response to Frugal's post . . .
Keep a bowl of fruit on your table within easy reach for the children. Fruit is so much better for them to snack on that sugary candies, cakes, and cookies.
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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
Triscuts with thin slices of cheese (any kind), maybe a slice or two of olive, pepperoni (or deli meat), tomato, or anything else. Microwave for about 10 seconds. The cracker remains crisp, and the snack taste awesome. Kids love it. And it only uses a tiny bit of cheese if you slice it thin but packs a bunch of taste. Totally healthy, full of calcuim and fiber but tastes almost like nachos only less soggy. four or five will keep your child tide over till dinnertime and wont ruin their appetite.
Have you ever tried garbanzo beans (a.k.a., chick peas)?
They're available in grocery store bulk bins, dried, and these are much better than the canned version (which are pre-cooked and usually over-cooked).
One of my favourite snacks is to soak and cook them, but not to the point where they're soft.
Cover with water, soak for an hour,
bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
(or a bit longer, checking consistency).
Cook them to the point of a nut-like hardness (much like peanuts or cashews).
Drain, add spices: garlic powder, salt, onion powder, dill ... whatever combination you prefer.
Just plain salt is good, too.
Toss or stir to distribute spices and voila! Nut-like snack with none of the fat content and all the flavour/texture.
Cook a fair-sized batch and freeze in 2-cup-size containers. Thaw each in the fridge and season according to preference.
Almonds, SmartBalance microwave popcorn, beef jerky, Wheat Thin crackers, soy chips or soy nuts. On days you have access to a fridge you could take yogart, cherry tomatoes, celery & carrot sticks, grapes or broccolli florets and low cal ranch dressing.
I love to snack on the Post Honeynut Shredded Wheats (dry)! So good for you and tastes great.
You should have some kind of protein with the apple and etc. Cheese, hardboiled egg, peanut butter, the kind with only peanuts and maybe salt added, you need it for the energy and stamina.
Until I met a lady GIVING away free Organic Produce
from her garden, I NEVER heard of this before she told me, but cucumber slices make a great healthy snack food. I sort of snickered when she told me, but when I got home and tried them, she was right! I actually not only ate them like a snack, but cut slices and added them to my pickle jar, which took about two weeks to "make". I don't eat many pickled
foods because of the salt, but left over cucumbers, green beans, mini-corn, peppers, and cauliflour make good pickled snacks, without refrig.
Remember that before eating carb snacks, like pretzels, you could havea can of tuna or "a V8 "! LOL
Tuna, peanut butter, boiled/microwaved eggs are
some of the best high protein "snacks" one can eat. Boiled eggs will be safe unrefrig. for about a week if the shell is unbroken. They are about the cheapest
high protein available.
If you have access to a grocery/market, you could zip
in and choose a small bag of mixed single item veggies and a can of "refried beans" for their dip, rather than
rely on a refrig. to keep a salad dressing cool for all
As was described on this site, corn on the cob can be microwaved IN THE SHUCKS for about 20 sec. and it turns out GREAT, even for a snack with a little salt/pepper?
You can hardly beat an apple from New Zealand, all organic, I was told. Organic bananas are DELICIOUS. Popcorn can be microwaved. Wheat crackers and bean dip beat chips/ "other" dip in my opinion, in nutritional value, healthy food facts. Drink plenty of water with whatever you choose, even in Winter.
Are you stuffing your hollowed apple with peanut butter? or cheese? Are you able to buy bread at a discount store? " 'Animal' breads" are the absolute best buy in those stores, at about 6-8 loaves/packages for $1.50, and you can also find wheat bread in them occasionally, as well as fried pies! Even if they are smashed as they are told to do, we have found them to be perfectly edible even
The best information you can receive is to try for a healthy balance in your diet with proteins (meats/nuts/eggs), veggies (tomatoes, carrots, raw
yellow and zuchinni, raw young asparagus, and raw
peeled turnips, not starcy veggies; and fruits (avoid the spoiled ones, of course, because they are suspected of causing systemic yeast infections). Peaches/grapes are reported to have the most pesticide residual on/in them. Remember who has fruit trees, fig bushes, berry vines, and are friendly? Should you get a surplus of something, you could share with them in return?
Hope you will consider these? God bless you in your best decisions/choices. : )
mix a jar of apple cider vinegar (hopefully raw) and sugar and water (you have to play with the amounts to get a mix just right for your sweet/sour taste) with just a touch of salt.
pour this over any kind of cut raw vegetable for refrigerator pickles. let it set in the fridge a while. you can reuse the dressing on the same type vegetable at least one more time.
try the following veggies:
cabbage (a little soy sauce in the dressing is good)
cucumbers with or without onions
carrots and celery
green peppers with or without cherry tomatoes &/or onions
cauliflower with or without onions &/or carrots
too many combinations to list really.
Thank you for all your suggestions.....it is so easy for me to get a rut and keep eating the same things until I can no longer look at an apple.
Good eatings to you all -- I love this site!!
how about freeze drieed fruit.... rice cakes with peanut butter.........raisins.......applesauce..fruitcups
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