Healthy Snack Options

healthy-snack-optionsWe recently realized that we had become way too relaxed on our kids’ snack choices and became aware of just how many carbs our kids were eating daily. They were snacking A LOT between meals and then not eating incredibly well at meal times.

I decided it was time to clean things up a bit and create a healthy snack basket for them to choose from.  I had no idea how much they would love this and how excited they would be to choose from the healthy foods.

I had to laugh yesterday when our 5 year old said, “Mom, I know you don’t want me to have a carb, but can I choose something healthy from the basket?” 

After a trip to the grocery store, I washed and bagged the items.  It didn’t take long and has saved me a lot of time during the week .

15387573_10154364902804081_1442563002_oIncluded in our snack basket:

  • apples
  • grapes
  • jicama sticks
  • baby carrots
  • sugar snap peas
  • cheese sticks
  • dried baby bananas
  • plantain chips
  • yogurt

Packing lunches has also been much easier since having healthy foods ready to go. I’ve been teaching Cason to pack his own lunch by choosing a protein, fruit, vegetable, and carb.

This morning our twin girls decided they wanted to back their own lunches while he did and were so proud of their “lunch bags”.

Not only has this been good for the kids, but Jay and I are much more likely to grab a healthy snack if they are washed and ready to be grabbed when we open the refrigerator.

What are your kids favorite, healthy snack foods?  I’m always looking for new healthy snack ideas.

 

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