School is just about to start up again and one of the questions I hear often is “what’s a good and easy after school snack I can feed my children?”
First off, let’s define what a “snack” is…. dictionary.com words it as;
a small portion of food or drink or a light meal, especially one eaten between regular meals.
Now, let’s look at what a “treat” is….
entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
The reason I’m looking at the distinction between these terms is that we’ve gotten caught up in serving “treats” as “snacks” these days and believe it or not – too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing! The following are some examples of tasty and nutritious snacks:
Sliced apple with nut butter
Celery stalks with nut butter and dried fruit (the old “ants on a log” idea)
Guacamole with a spoon!
Hot dog – slices of nitrate, nitrite free, grass-fed only http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok
Roasted veggies – beets, carrots, butternut squash cubes make wonderful sweet snacks
Plain yogurt with berries and a squeeze of raw honey or grade B maple syrup
Kefir “milkshakes” – blended with frozen berries
Hummus and cucumber slices
And, for the occasional treat –an abundance of help awaits you! Here’s to a delicious school year!