By Carine Feist, M.P.H.
Photos by Mike Feist
10. Fresh Fruit–always a perfect snack, delightful with vitamins galore!
9. Sushi and Summer Rolls–a super-quick pickup! Eat it on the way to sports practice. Brown rice and veggie varieties are a great bonus.
8. Anything on a Skewer!–cubed fruit, cheese, healthy cold-cuts (low sodium – no nitrate), soft vegetables… Kids will love it; it’s colorful, nutritious and fun! For young kids you can utilize coffee stirrer straws instead of skewers.
7. Salsa, Chips and Veggies –salsa is loaded with healthy veggies. Serve with celery or baby carrots or baked low-fat chips. Kids love it and it’s a perfect low-fat dip.
6. Hummus with Vegetables and Pita–try a variety, from hummus with tahini to white bean or black bean hummus.
5. UnFried Rice–make a batch of brown or white rice for dinner and save some to make this snack. Thaw some frozen edamame and add a handful, some chopped veggies, and cooked scrambled egg for an extra blast of protein. Also add low sodium soy to taste. BAM!–a great afternoon snack and perfect for a road trip to an after-school activity!
4. Granola (Make Your Own!) –you can put in the ingredients your family loves most – nuts, oats, cinnamon, coconut, or dried fruit… endless possibilities.
3. Smoothies–start with fresh fruit and some low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt! Add a splash of your favorite juice. Try blueberry or banana/strawberry/mango. Top with a sprinkle of granola and a couple of berries!
2. Popcorn Chick Peas–roast chick peas with a bit of olive oil until crunchy; delicious and lots of fun! Jazz it up with parmesan cheese, minced garlic, or herbs.
1. Sweet Craving?–try two of our favorite healthy cookies: Whole Grain Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – with a glass of milk on the side! What could be better? Click here for quick and easy recipes for these snacks!
Carine Feist, M.P.H. Chef/Instructor, is Associate Editor of Inside Chappaqua Magazine. Mike Feist is a food photographer/stylist and culinary student.