At this time of year, clementines sit in a basket on our counter; another basket sits the leftover Skinny Pop popcorn. I believe in healthy and convenient grab and go’s. Research shows that snacking improves function at school and work- AND, helps us feel full longer and not as hungry at the next meal. When snacking, think of mini-meals providing 100-200 calories. Snacks should include fiber rich foods and protein rich foods.
My family’s stocked grab and go snack list:
- Rich in protein grab and go’s: nuts, trail mix, string cheese, yogurt, hummus, hard boiled eggs, milk, cereal bars with extra protein (per bar: at least 5 grams protein, greater than 3 grams fiber, no more than 8 grams sugar), deli meat, nut butters
- Rich in fiber grab and go’s (rule of thumb: greater than 3 grams fiber per serving): fresh fruit and vegetables, popcorn, whole grain low fat crackers, high fiber cereal bars, dried fruit, low fat granola, unsweetened cereal
When we were in Chicago this past Fall, our middle son said, “Mom, there’s a Skinny Pop car!” Skinny Pop is just one convenient grab and go we reach for when I don’t have the time to make homemade popcorn. It beats the alternative – snacking on chips and cookies.
Include your children in making your family’s grab and go snack list. Challenge: How many from the above list do you already include in your house?