March is National Nutrition month and to celebrate it here is a healthy snack ideas list and a free printable to encourage the whole family to make smart snacking choices.
I know I post a lot of sweet and not-so-healthy snacks and desserts on the blog, but the reality is that those treats are just that, treats, and not things we eat everyday. I mean these Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars may have oats, but they are rich and full of sugar, and definitely not something to eat every week.
March is National Nutrition Month, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite, healthy snacks, that the kiddos and I typically eat. One of the big things in terms of nutrition is limiting the amount of refined sugar that my kids eat. It’s tough, because they want sweet things all the time. I have one child that would live off of sour gummies, plain pasta and cookies if I let her. This is the same kid that sneaks snacks. Seriously, I find snack wrappers shoved under the bed, behind the couch cushions, even stuffed into shoes to hide the evidence. Oh and ice cream. If I ever am wondering where why we are missing spoons, I just have to look at the ice cream container in the freezer, and I can usually find one in there. Who raised this kid?!
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As you can see, limiting the amount of junk food that comes into the house is important to me. Admittedly, it’s hard. Fruits and veggies are at the center of healthy snacking, and having things prepped is key with a busy on-the-go family. Sometimes we all just need a reminder to snack healthy, so here you go…
- olives (the kids love black, I love green)
- celery and carrots with homemade almond butter
- hard boiled eggs – protein
- deviled eggs (these pesto deviled eggs are amazing) – protein, healthy fats
- tuna with mustard on cucumber slices – protein
- avocado whole grain toast with a sprinkle of chili lime salt – whole grains, healthy fats
- air popped popcorn with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
- frozen grapes or frozen blueberries – a favorite for snacking on a hot day!
- strawberries on cottage cheese
- apple slices with chile-lime salt
- cucumber slices with cream cheese and a little fresh basil
- veggie slices and homemade ranch
- half an avocado with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – healthy fats
Of course we need snacks that are grab-and-go too. That is the reality of being a parent and a kid, at least in my world. With Girl Scouts and sports and other activities, convenience food happens. Thankfully, there are plenty of options that are healthy and convenient.
- pre-sliced apples
- trail mix – protein, healthy fats, gluten-free
- string cheese – protein, gluten-free
- SkinnyPop popcorn – gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free options
- nitrate free jerky – protein
- apple and fruit sauce pouches (watch out for added ingredients) – vitamins
- hummus with veggies – protein, gluten-free
I created a printable of the Healthy Snack Ideas List for you to stick up on the fridge or in your planner as a reminder to make smart food choices. It includes space for you to write in your own favorite healthy snack options as well!
Tell me what’s your go-to healthy snack?