Wednesday, October 13, 2010

be prepared!!!

*the picture below is from a handout I used with my P.E./Health students to help them understand a well-balanced meal and what it should look like :) I always strive to give my family the BEST, most nutritious meals, but I am TOTALLY aware that things get crazy and life gets in the way, and there are days when this ideal
"picture-perfect" meal doesn't make it to our dinner table!
Anybody else have those days??!
So, when the meals aren't "perfect", I try to make sure our fridge and pantry are FULL of nutritious and delicious QUICK SNACKS!!!
The BEST suggestion I have for making snacks
nutritious AND quick/easy is to...
*PLAN AHEAD!!!
*Seperate snacks into a baggy -this way you watch PORTION CONTROL at those moments when you're hungry and are likely to eat more than usual...
(I try to do this on Sunday, so we're prepared for the week!)
some good snacks we enjoy :
-10 grapes and sliced cheese
-1/2 banana with 1 tbs peanut butter
-celery sticks-cut up with peanut butter
- oven roasted turkey slices with 2 tbs. neufatchel cheese
-1/2 whole wheat sandwich thin w/ 2tbs. of my EASY hummus spread!
-romaine lettuce or spinach wrapped with slice of turkey and small cut of 2% string cheese-I roll these up and cut them to where they look like pinwheels or "fake" sushi and the boys LOVE 'em!
-roasted almonds-check the serving size before putting them into the bag!
-Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal-a great snack that's full of fiber and protein!!
I always have FRESH FRUIT cleaned and sliced...and to make it fun, I use skewers and make cheese and fruit kabobs! Use any fruit and layer, one piece of fruit, one piece of cheese and alternate-makes it fun and gives kids the perfect portion on a STICK! and to really kick it up, use a cookie cutter to make cool shapes with the cheese!!
These pre-made snacks will stay good for the week, and I make a couple of each...that way when ANY of us want a quick snack, its MUCH healthier than grabbing a bag of chips, cookies, crackers, or any other not-so-healthy snack :)
What's your favorite HEALTHY snack?!
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5 comments:

cooperl788 said...

I love the new snack ideas! The 1/2 banana with peanut butter sounds awesome. My favorite snack right now is 2 Tbsp of hummus over a rice cracker, or 1/2 of an apple with a Tbsp of peanut butter.

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

Great advice! I find that if you don't prepare ahead, all you're doing is setting your course for disaster!

Big Mama said...

What a great idea! I'm losing weight! I weighed myself today, but I am not tellin ya the number until I post it next week.

Thanks for the inspiration. Love it!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Great snack ideas! I try to feed the crew healthy but it doesn''t always work. They are getting more into cooking which is nice and trying new things out.

Laura Garner said...

This is great. So true about planning ahead! Amen to that! That's a very cute handout you got! I want one :)

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