snacks

What to feed your kids!! The ULTIMATE KIDS SNACK!

It's summer, and we still have about a month of it. 

Are you at that place where you are DONE, you are ready to STOP making snacks altogether!?!? 

It seems that when summer hits, we are constantly just feeding our kids! Can I get an "Amen" from my other mamas out there?!?

So what do you feed your kids?

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Many times because of the fast pacedness of our society, we tend to go for ease! We fill up baskets and drawers with pre-packaged snacks, that quite frankly probably fuels their sugar desire (or being more frank, let's call it what it is, their sugar ADDICTION), keeps them satisfied for a moment, then their body starts to want MORE! So they come back asking for more snacks! 

The same thing happens with chips, and empty carbs, and things like that. They don't really fuel their body, they just give them some quick energy that will shortly be absorbed, burned off, and their body will want more! 

So why not feed our kids something that's going to fuel them and keep them satisfied longer?!!? 

  1. Many times, like I said, the fueling snacks take more time to prep. So convenience wins out. 
  2. Sometimes it's just that we don't know what to feed them. 

I understand. But let me address both of these issues, and stya with me because I've got a snack that's going to blow both YOU and your kids minds!! 

So to address #1! You are right! HEALTHY FOOD takes time to prep! Look at the trends of our world! Back in the day, more time was spent in the kitchen, and our society was healthier! Today, barely any time is spent in the kitchen, and our health bills are showing the outcome of that! Not to mention that some of the leading causes of death today are now related to what we are eating! WE'VE GOT TO SPEND SOME TIME IN THE KITCHEN! 

Now I'm not saying hours upon hours upon hours. But 1-2 hours a week to prep some meals and/or healthy snacks will save your waistline, your health bills down the road, and potentially YOUR LIFE! It's worth it! YOU ARE WORTH IT! YOUR KIDS ARE WORTH IT!

If you are wondering HOW you can maximize your time, but still make healthy snacks that you AND your kids will love! Join me this week for a "HEALTHY MOM + HEALTHY KIDS BOOTCAMP" It's FREE, 7-days long, and starts on August 2nd! 

Ask to join the group HERE! 

So let's address #2. 

I just don't know WHAT to feed my kids! 

Or maybe you just need more variety from the same 'ol thing you've been making! 

I get that for sure! 

And I can tell you, my bootcamp (you can join above) is FREE, and you will get so many recipes that you AND the kids will love! Plus these recipes are made to keep you FULL and FUEL your body so you aren't wanting MORE in 5 minutes! 

But if you are are looking for a snack to make NOW! I've got you covered! 

APPLE SANDWICHES! 

What makes these so great!?

These are our favorite go-to afternoon snack, and not only are they delicious, but they are full of healthy goodness. Just a few simple ingredients, and you are getting good healthy fats and proteins to keep you satisfied longer! Plus the kids love to help make these, and they are easy to pack up to take to the park, or put in school lunches! 

All you need is: 

  • 1 apple 
  • 4 TBSP nut butter
  • toppings: shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, seeds, nuts, chia seeds, cinnamon.

Try it out and let me know what you and your kids think! 

What is your favorite HEALTHY SNACK that both you and your kids LOVE!?!? 

xoxo

Brittany

Batch Snacking

So yesterday I spent an hour and a half of my afternoon at a friends house prepping several recipes of no-bake, healthy snack foods!  Seriously, it was the best use of my time ever! 

I like to call this BATCH SNACKING! 

So many of us believe in meal prep, menu planning, batch cooking, or like I've been sharing a lot about lately, creating freezer meals. All of these things are ways that we are able to set ourselves up for success! To create an organized kitchen, and make eating healthy and at home meals easier! Technically, if you are doing any of these things, then you are pretty much a genius! Taking just a few hours of your day to make your life less stressful, to create success on the healthy eating front, and to do all that you can to avoid the fast food run that so easily entices us when we don't have pre-prepped food! It's just a genius move on your part, so if you are doing it, then KUDOS to you! If you aren't and need help, then I offer services for Freezer Meal Prep, just check out my options HERE

So why is it that we don't take the same approach when it comes to snacking? 

Batch Snacking! Use these Sugar Free Snack Recipes and set yourself up for success when it comes to having healthy snacks on hand!

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I bet many of us can say that when that afternoon lull at work hits, or that late night TV time comes around, that we tend to jump off track and grab the closest sweet snack or bag of processed chips. 

When it comes to snacking, we can throw our entire healthy eating plan off wack! So why not set yourself up for SUCCESS when it comes to snacking just like you do when it comes to making healthy meals for your family!?! 

Both are important. Yes eating a full, high protein with fiber, good fats, and lean veggies meal is great for you! But let's face it, for some of us it's every day at the same time, for others it's just certain days of the week, but whatever the case, we will want a snack at some point. So instead of grabbing the thing that's nearest to us, which let's face it, in our world, that is usually some highly processed crap from the convenient store or checkout line. So instead of grabbing those things, why not doing a little BATCH SNACKING as well! 

So take a look at my Sugar Free Recipes! Pick a few, make your list, then carve out a little time to make some healthy snacks! 

My friend and I focussed on original protein bites, Reese's Protein Bites, and lara bars, which are all no-bake, which makes them even easier! I like to keep them in my refrigerator for easy access! Whether it's for a pre-post workout snack, or just an afternoon snack, or maybe it's when I feel like I need something sweet after dinner. Either way, I have them prepared, with easy access. (Just have self-control and don't eat them all at once, because man are they yummy!) 

** Helpful tip: get some ground up coconut flakes, almonds, or chia seeds and roll the balls in them for a little extra goodness!**

Let's chat about it! Leave me a comment and tell me:

Is batch cooking something you do? 

Have you ever batch cooked your snacks before? 

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Are We Snacking Our Kids to an Unhealthy Lifestyle?

Look around you. In our American lifestyle, isn't it obvious that we love to SNACK! Whether you look to the grocery store, the food stands in the mall, or even the cheap $1 menus at fast food restaurants. We are taught, trained to snack throughout our life.

I would even dare to say that having just 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is abnormal in the American Lifestyle.

So is snacking really helpful for us? It seems that as soon as our brain is even slightly triggered to be hungry, then we stuff our mouths with a snack. Whether it's healthy or not, is it okay? Should we actually let our body feel hungry for a while before eating? Maybe practice a little self-control, and just drink some water instead. (Not drink high calorie drinks that are basically a snack in themselves). 

So where does this idea of having to snack come from? Why don't we allow our bodies to get hungry? 

If you are a parent, or have been around parents, you might already know the answer to this. Not only does our culture train us to snack while we shop, drive around town, or go to work, but I believe it starts even earlier than that. I believe we are taught as children to snack! 

So I pose the question: 

Are we snacking our kids to an unhealthy lifestyle?

 

Now let me preface. I pose this question as a conversation starter. Not as an expert on the subject, just as a mom whose goal is to LEAVE A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY FOR MY CHILDREN. As a mom I have an opinion, and I would love to hear what you think! 

So, with that said, early in with my son I made the choice to not give him snacks a lot. In my head I realized, I wanted to feed him good, hearty meals, so that he didn't need to snack. More than that, I didn't want to use a snack as something to occupy him, the idea is similar to not letting him watch a movie on my phone just to keep him quiet (that's another topic in itself), but you get the idea.

I made this choice because I want him to have a healthy relationship with food. I want food to be something he uses for FUEL for his body! I don't want it to be something he does out of boredom, or feels like every time we go somewhere we he has to have a snack. I can see some of those bad habits in myself, and I didn't want to start him off that way. I may not blast this idea to everyone, but I try not to give in to the pressure of snacking. Even when I'm around a lot of moms, and they are feeding their kids snacks, or Zander is fussy and they offer a snack. If I know he has had a full meal prior, I politely decline. Now, if I feel like his meal wasn't sufficient, obviously I will give him a snack, but I try to use it for feeding his hunger, not his fussiness. 

You probably can relate or know what I am talking about. You may even realize you have been guilty of doing this. You know, you are chatting with friends and not ready to leave, but your baby is fussing, or getting into things, so you distract them with a snack. Whatever the case may be, it's easy to do this. Because lets face it, when they are snacking, they are occupied, and you can do what you want. 

BUT...are we teaching them bad habits from the start? 

Are we teaching them to always fill their time and space with food? 

Are we teaching them to eat, even when they are not hungry? 

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

ARE WE SNACKING OUR KIDS TO AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE? 

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Recently I read an article from the Chicago Tribune that discussed this same issue, which really got my mind to thinking about it. You can read that post HERE.

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