More is not always better. Simple can be just as delicious as something that took all day to prepare. And let’s face it, sometimes just sitting down with a bag or grapes or crackers and cheese is nice. Giving kids a variety of easy snacks to choose from is a way to teach them how to recognize healthy options. Serving food how it comes, plain and raw promotes a simplistic type of diet. Protein and vitamin packed with no effort.
Hard boiled eggs are so easy, back to basics protein. This is an example of food that needs nothing. It is delicious on its own. No need to season or add a sauce. Boil the eggs for about 9 minutes. Crack and eat. My son loves peeling the eggs. We even have contests to see who can peel the fastest. At 70 calories and more than 6g of protein, it is the perfect energy boost. Another thing I like about boiling the eggs is that we enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or just a snack. You can’t go wrong with them.
I recently purchased a 3lb bag of pretzels. I thought it would last a year. The bag is ¾ gone. My youngest son is obsessed. He loves them. Per every 100 pretzels, they are about 100 calories and 3g of protein. They are very low in fat, only about a gram per serving. I use them as an alternative instead of chips. They are so good dipped in hummus.
Another straight out of the bag snack we like are baby carrots. That is a no brain-er isn’t it? They are so delicious and refreshing. Especially on a hot day, carrots hydrate you.
Raisins are one of the other things my kids are obsessed with. I use them in a lot of my recipes. Adding them to rice pudding gives a natural sweetness to the dish. .That is something that I think attracts my kids to them. The natural sweetness in raisins almost makes it into a candy. Maybe because they look like chocolate chips too? Raisins are nutritious and may provide you with a boost of energy, but they’re also high in calories and sugar. A 1/4-cup serving of raisins contains 130 calories, no fat, 10 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 29 g sugar and 1 g protein. Raisins contain small amounts of iron and calcium and are also a source of antioxidants that may be linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer.
So remember, you don’t have to be fancy to be healthy. Stay simple, stay healthy.