Healthy snacking can sometimes be a problem — as moms, you have the daily rush of getting things done, showing up on time, cleaning and organizing and, let’s not forget, being superwoman. Who has time for whipping up a yogurt parfait?
Believe it or not, cheese ranks high on the health scale — it gives the little ones an energy boost and isn’t messy. A favorite: cut out cheese shapes and tack onto a kabob with some fresh fruit. Another kid-friendly dish is hummus with veggies. It contains vitamins and iron, and also makes a great sandwich served on pita. Pears are great for after school, or packed in the lunch box. They are available year-round and rich in fiber. And if the kids don’t want to eat to their health, have them drink it down. Smoothies are a fun, cool complement to a warm day or a kick-starter to the morning. Topped with fruit, a smoothie packs in all the nutrients they need.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has compiled their own list of healthy snacks. Among the top: avocado, sweet potato, pretzels and popcorn.
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