When it comes to food, one of the most asked questions are about snacks and what are some quick healthy snacks that can be made and be transported easily. I gave my mom the task this week and she didn’t let us down!

Snacks are an important component of a well planned out day of eating and I encourage 1-3 snacks per day. Snacks help fill the void between meals. Eating small meals often will tell the body to burn calories rather than store them since it is getting a continual supply of food. Snacks also prevent you from overeating at the next meal because you aren’t overly hungry. Snacks are very handy and can be taken anywhere with you. Finally, snacks help psychologically, because if you are eating every few hours, you know you don’t need to eat as big of meals. As always, include a protein in each snack and combine it with a carb or fat.

momrecipefinalHere is my moms post!

Dustin told me that he is getting requests for ideas for healthy snacks, so that is what we will talk about today! I have been gathering my lists from various places so I will try to make a list that will be easy to print off-I like to tape this kind of info in the inside of a cupboard or pantry door, for easy reference-in fact, I just remember now that I actually did this for Dustin years ago, and that list is still up there…..okay, I just went and got it and this is really funny; I titled it, “Good Food For Dustin”! haha…..wish I knew how old he was. I’d guess maybe around 16 yrs. old……he started getting interested in eating healthy in connection with sports, probably trying to bulk up for basketball. Little did I know what the future held for him and that I’d be full circle with him and “healthy food” a few years down the road! So moms, take heart, keep up the good work with your kids; some day you will see the results! I’m going to have Eric scan this list and send it to Dustin-it’d be fun to include this original in this blog.

Anyway, some snack lists try to stick to so many calories, but I am not going to do that; we all know the approximate calorie content of every speck of food known to man! J

Dustin suggests including a protein with every snack and combine it with either a complex carb or healthy fat, so let’s see what we can do:

1. Lofat string cheese/1 slice w.w. bread
2. 12 almonds/1 c. sliced mango
3. 1/2 c..nonfat cot. cheese/1/2 c. applesauce
4. ½ oz. non-nitrate beef jerky/5 w.w. crackers
5. Apple/2 Tbls. natural peanut butter
6. 1 oz. non-nitrate deli turkey/1 c. raw veggies
7. Can of tuna/2 Tbls. lofat drsg./greens
8. ¼ c. hummus/1 c. raw veggies
9. 1/2 pb&j sandwich-all natural/w.w.
10. ½ c. plain nonfat yogurt/1 Tbls. ground flaxseed/1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
11. Can of tuna/1 slice w.w. bread
12. 1sm. banana/1 tbls. nat. peanut butter
13. 2 c. melon/2 Tbls. pumpkin or sunflower seeds
14. 1/2 c. jicama slices/1/4 c. hummus
15. 1 lofat string cheese/ 1 c. sliced cukes
16. 2 Tbls. nat. peanut butter/2 stalks celery
17. 1 c. snow peas/1/4 c. guacamole
18. 1 c. baby carrots/2 Tbls. nat. peanut butter
19. 1 whole grain rice cracker/1 Tbls. almond butter/1 tsp. nonsugar jam
20. ½ c. unsweetened pineapple/ 1/2 c. nonfat cot. cheese
21. 2 Tbls. raw cashews/1/2 c. grapes

Okay, this should spark some sharing of all the snacking that you do with your families, so we look forward to your ideas….especially with summer coming up, those portable snacks to have handy in the car will be needed! Don’t forget those insulated lunch bags for the perishable stuff.

Keep eating~healthy!

Dustin’s Mom~Joy

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