Todays busy families are always on the go and many find themselves feeding kids in the car or grabbing something to eat on the way out the door. With so many processed foods available that have ‘convenient’ written all over them, the temptation is sometimes hard to resist.
They will fill up the kids, its easy to pack and it has a long shelf life so easy to stock the panty.
What’s the harm?
These convenience foods may be great for on the go, but they are not so great for the kids. Full of preservatives, artificial colour, dyes and added sugar, and lacking nutrients that growing active kids need. A snack should be a mini meal and provide some protein, fibre and be vitamin rich to ensure kids are getting the proper nutrition.
Some healthier options are available from your fridge or freezer with little to no prep work. Here are our favorites:
- Yogurt – look for plain yogurt without added sugar and dress it up with fresh fruit. Store in individual servings for easy to grab on the go snacking.
- Whole Wheat Bread – top with cheese or peanut butter for a healthy whole grain and protein boost.
- Trail Mix – make your own with raisons, dried apricots, prunes, unsalted peanuts, pretzels and a few chocolate chips for fun.
- Veggies & Dip – cut up every couple of days and you can have carrots, peppers, cucumber and green beans to dip in hummus on the go.
- Fruit & Cheese – cut up melon, apples, grapes, and oranges to eat on your way out the door. Bananas make a great au natural snack too.
- Cereal – buy larger cereals like mini wheats, shreddies and cheerios that are high in whole grains, low in sugar and no artificial colours. Mix in baggies with raisons and chocolate chips and watch the kids gobbled it up.
- Hard boiled eggs – so many great nutrients in eggs. Have a few hard boiled ones on hand to eat on the run.
- Homemade Muffins – find low fat, grain rich recipes and make a double batch. Freeze them and they are ready when snacks are needed.
- Homemade Cookies – it is possible to make a healthy oatmeal cookies full of apricots, zucchini, or apples. They also freeze really well!
- Homemade granola bars – they take more work, but have real ingredients and can also be frozen for healthy on the go snacking!
Avoid buying the prepackaged convenience foods and instead stock your fridge with whole fruits and your freezer with homemade apple cheddar bars or spinach brownies and have healthier options on the go for the kids.