Snacks. Hang out with a group of moms for a few minutes, and sooner or later the subject of snacks always comes up. We moms are always trying to figure out what to feed the hungry little shorties that is fast, easy and healthy. Also of course they have to actually like it, so some of the best intentions fail (kale chips), but sometimes they surprise you (smoked salmon or seaweed). When you are trying to get off the goldfish crazy train, snacks are even more challenging. One thing you can say for food that comes in tiny bags and tubes, it is convenient. When you are driving straight from school to other activities, throwing a bag of artificially flavored extruded wheat in the backseat is really easy.
My friend Jessica wrote me the other day to say that the last processed food in her house is pretzels. How awesome is that? She has got two little kids, another on the way, has a real full plate and she has eliminated processed food (including cereal/crackers/etc.)! I think that is fantastic. Her next question was “what do I do for snacks? We are getting low on ideas.” I put together a list of ideas for her gathered from this site, the internet and some books I’ve read lately. I find that it helps to include some fat in the snacks. The kids are satiated with a snack of fat and vegetables, whereas a snack lacking fat will leave them hungry again in 30 minutes. I hope it is helpful. Do you have any to add?