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The After-school Snack Attack: Strategies for Busy Moms

With kids back in school, moms face a set of challenges that somehow seem new every year. One of those challenges is what to feed kiddos who race in the door hungry after a long day in the classroom. As a savvy mom, you know that snacks can help your kids meet their nutritional needs – as long as you pick the right ones. That’s where it can get a bit tricky because in addition to being healthful, the snacks need to be loaded with kid appeal plus be quick and easy to grab. Try some of the following ideas from the different food groups to create a snack that will give your kids calories (energy), meet their nutritional needs, and taste great as well!
• Banana Tortilla Treat – Grab a whole wheat tortilla, spread with peanut butter and sprinkle with low-fat granola. Put a peeled banana on top and roll the tortilla.
• Combo-licious – Top a scoop of cottage cheese with canned fruit. Choose peaches, pears, mango, pineapple or fruit cocktail.
• Wrap It – Spread fresh hummus on a whole wheat tortilla. Add thinly sliced carrots, zucchini, cucumber, or whatever veggie your kids prefer. Roll it up and go!
Feeling rushed in the afternoons? Plan ahead and create a healthy snack shelf at eye level in your pantry and in your refrigerator for kids to grab and go. You might try the following:
• String cheese and a small can of fruit.
• Fat free or 1% flavored milk (chocolate or strawberry)
• Pre-cut raw veggies (celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices) in zipped baggies beside low-fat yogurt dip, cottage cheese or hummus.
• Snack-sized applesauce
• Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit
• Flavored rice cakes with peanut butter to spread
• Microwave popcorn
• Whole-grain crackers on the shelf and sliced cheese in the ‘fridge

With just a little planning, you can avoid snack-time stress and help your kids learn healthy eating habits at the same time.

For more ideas, check out these snack tips for parents. 10 Choose My Plate Snack Tips

 

PG

Author: Ginny Hinton – ghinton@ufl.edu

Santa Rosa County Extension Agent with UF/IFAS. Focus areas include nutrition, food safety, injury prevention, and healthy families. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of West Florida. Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Education from University of South Florida.
http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu

Ginny Hinton

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Preparing for the After-School Snack Stampede!

Young boy drinking a glass of milk

Young boy drinking a glass of milk

It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner. It’s time to plan for lots of things like new classrooms and teachers, unexpected supply needs, extracurricular activity requests – and hungry kids arriving home from school.

Although it’s easy to succumb to the appeal of ready-made, processed snacks, it can be just as easy and inexpensive to offer healthy but delicious options in single-serve sizes. Following are some quick and simple suggestions:

  • Store sliced veggies in the refrigerator and serve with hummus or low-fat ranch dressing.
  • Mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a healthful trail mix.
  • Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli meats like turkey or ham around an apple wedge.
  • Store hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator for kids to grab any time.
  • Purchase fresh, frozen, dried or canned fruits for easy “grab-and-go” options.
  • Offer a single serving of individually wrapped string cheese or low-fat yogurt.
  • Add club soda to a ½ cup of 100% fruit juice for a tasty alternative to soda.

With just a bit of advanced planning, it’s a snap to halt the snack stampede and wind up with satisfied and healthier school-age kids!

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PG

Author: Ginny Hinton – ghinton@ufl.edu

Santa Rosa County Extension Agent with UF/IFAS. Focus areas include nutrition, food safety, injury prevention, and healthy families. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of West Florida. Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Education from University of South Florida.
http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu

Ginny Hinton

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/25/preparing-for-the-after-school-snack-stampede/

Artistic Summer Snack Attack

School’s out!  One way to get creative with all this extra time and to eat nutritiously is to make and eat healthy snacks.  Like an arts and crafts project, making a snack can be a great summertime activity.  Bonus:  the kids get to eat their artwork and you get to sneak nutritious foods into their day for a healthy diet.

Some works of art need the following elements:

  • Foundation – slices of whole wheat bread, tortillas, English muffins, lettuce leaves, rice cakes, zucchini or cucumber rounds, apple or pineapple slices.
  • Glue – peanut butter, low-fat cream cheese, cheese spread, hummus, refried beans, low-fat yogurt, jam, pizza sauce, or low-fat ranch dressing.
  • Bling – seeds, nuts, grapes, raisins, match stick carrots, olives, beans, low-fat granola, diced fruits and veggies.

Start from the foundation and work up to the bling.  Create faces, animals, or landscapes.  Let the plate be your canvas.  It’s a great way to try a new food or sample a food prepared in a totally different way.Variety of healthy snacks made into artwork

For other works of art, use toothpicks, skewers, popsicle sticks, or edible pretzel rods to make shish kabobs.  Cut out cheese shapes with small cookie cutters and add to the stick alternating with cut-up fruits and vegetables.  Make a beautiful edible bouquet.

Kids also are more likely to enjoy new foods if they are served in fun containers.  Try using mugs, champagne glasses, ice cream cones, or party hats.

Be sure to include nutritious foods from all the food groups as your artists create throughout the summer:  load up on fruits and vegetables, incorporate whole grains, and go lean on the dairy and protein.

No sitting around loading up on unhealthy “junk” foods out of boredom this summer.  The time for healthy edible snack art is now.

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Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/06/01/artistic-summer-snack-attack/