fitmommy

Shannon's health and fitness blog

Moms are asking…

…for fast, easy, healthy snacks for themselves and their kids, something that can be tossed into purse or backpack. 

First off, look at your labels.  If it contains high fructose corn syrup, toss it!  Lots of sodium, toss it!  The first ingredient is the most abundant.  If it’s sugar, toss it!   And last, how long is the list of ingredients?  The shorter the list, the healthier that food is for you. 

Some of my favorite to-go snacks include: pretzels, Lundberg rice chips (found at Mother’s Market), apple sauce (our favorite is Trader Joes apple carrot fruit sauce crushers), and we never leave home without an energy bar.

Energy bars can be tricky!  There are hundreds of different kinds and most of them are loaded with sugar.  My #1 favorite is the gnu bar.  These bars have 140 calories, only 9 grams of sugar, and a whopping 12 grams of fiber (that’s half your daily requirement!).  They have about 6 or 7 different flavors,but my fave is chocolate brownie, of course.  These can be found at Mother’s Market or go to www.gnufoods.com .  My daughter’s favorite bars include the Z bar by Clif and Can Do Kid bars (www.iamacandokid.com ).  Both of these are all natural and organic, and relatively low in sugar compared to most on the market.  The Can Do Kid bar also provides 9 grams of protein. It can be found at Mother’s Market.

My last suggestion is to keep a small cooler on top of the refrigerator.  It takes less than 1 minute for me to grab the ice pack and throw in yogurt and fruit, or any other cold healthy snack we want to take.  Just be sure to get yogurt that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.  Greek yogurt is a great choice!

Being on the go does not mean you must be unhealthy.  Studying your labels and taking time to prepare will help you to make better choices for the whole family.

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February 6, 2010 - Posted by | Children, Food, Health

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