My Son's Favorite Snacks

There's a lot of talk about keeping kids healthy and moving. Obesity is the newest four letter word and "moving" is the trending topic. It's easy to find out how many steps equal a mile on a pedometer and it's likely someone near you has one. I was most recently given one at curriculum night at my 7th grade son's school.

My son is very interested in healthy eating so I thought I would write down some of his favorite snacks and sides for you interested in enticing your kids to eat well and enjoy their meals too:

Favorite breakfast food: cut fruit

My tip: I have 5 days worth in refrigerator and I cut up a bowl's worth in the morning to accompany the rest of his meal

Favorite snacks: Many, but I'm going to list a few

Cereals: Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares, Kellogg's All Bran Wheat Flakes, Fiber One Oat Clusters

Rold Gold Pretzel Twists, Annie's Cinnamon Bunnies (Many Flavors)

I like to combine some of the above in a ziploc - the flavors go well together.

Apples, Bananas

Everything I have described is portable, healthful and easy to find. Sometimes I bring him both a fruit and a bag of some sort, especially after he's been at a sports practice. When it's already 5:45 I feel good knowing that he's eating a snack that will replace something he's lost but won't bog him down. In the warmer months I also bring him a cold coconut water drink - forget the sugar, they won't miss it.



Favorite Vegetable: French beans with almonds (that took me 12 years to find...)

Favorite Dessert: Pinkberry!

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MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

Sadly a lot of foods are marketed as "Healthy" but are not healthy at all. If it lasts on the shelf for more than a week or two you have to question how "Healthy" it really is... then you have to consider the other factors like pesticide use... Apples are one of the most sprayed crops. Organic when possible, and unprocessed is perhaps the only way to eat "Healthy". Nearly all packaged foods now contain Canola Oil. Canola isn't an oil at all... it's a made up word Canada and Oil. If you read the history it will disgust you. Canola Oil is made from Genetically Modified Rape Seeds! Rape seeds are Toxic to the body, Animals will not eat them. Rape seeds are used to manufacture industrial Oils. But Presto Chango... throw them in a Laboratory and turn them into Food? Right.


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Meredith Clarke 5 years ago from USA Author

it sounds like you are a label reader too. I'd have to agree about the shelf-life issue, real food has an expiration date. Realistically speaking, cereal made from whole grains is a nutritious choice over chips any way you look at it and parents need to provide realistic and portable food for kids. A wise compromise is good judgment. Regarding fruits and vegetables, I buy organic but I prefer local and I always wash. I'm grateful I've got a farmers market nearby and I can afford to pay the premium for organic when I must.


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lisa grace 5 years ago from NYC

One of my kids has braces and apples are off-limits so I have to cut them but I wrap them up in Saran-wrap and put in a ziploc and then they don't get brown. Also that way I can buy organic or local which is important to me too!


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Meredith Clarke 5 years ago from USA Author

I love the idea, thanks for sharing!

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