It’s back-to-school time, which means your kids are likely getting off the school bus tired and hungry. Before you reach for the box of Goldfish, consider this: Kids need the same combination of fiber, protein and fat in a snack that you do. This winning combination will keep your child full, focused and filled with energy. Here are seven healthy snacks guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters; some even let your kids join in on the fun! Read more
When your kids arrive home from school, they can often be super-hungry. It’s the perfect time to give them a healthy snack filled with nutrients needed for proper growth and development. You might want to think twice about what you’re serving, though, as what you think is healthy unfortunately might be anything but. These seemingly good-for-you snacks aren’t as healthy as you think. Read more
Being a recreational athlete means you take your sport and training seriously, but you have other priorities as well, such as work, family, and friends. Multiple demands can create a hectic schedule, and result in imperfect fueling choices for training – from heavy, fat laden snacks to eating nothing at all. Thankfully, there are a number of easy grab-and-go food options that you can pack with you at the beginning of the day that can keep you fueled anytime your training happens.
The recent Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas, showcased an array of good-for-you foods that are new to the market. Here are six worth checking out.
I grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, so I’ve had my share of soft pretzels. But Philly isn’t the only place making soft pretzels these days. You can find the baked-dough twists in airports, malls and carnivals nationwide. There’s also the frozen variety. The problem is, these mass-made pretzels are often loaded with calories and salt.
Depending on the size, a regular soft pretzel (123 to 149 grams) can have 340 to 480 calories and 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of salt. The lower range is for the plain pretzels and the higher stats are for those with alluring toppings like butter, cheese, pepperoni and sugar.
But there’s no need for the numbers to be high. I made smaller versions for fun and, even when multiplied by four, they have fewer calories, fat grams and sodium milligrams than their traditional counterparts (and that’s including the cheese on top!).
Forget chips and salsa! This recipe is perfect for any fiesta or afternoon snack and it’s far more nutritious than your average bag of potato or tortilla chips. I added a touch of heat to these kale chips with a dash of chili powder and used sesame oil instead of olive oil for a savory taste you’ll love all spring.
My 22-month-old, Hudson, is a great eater as far as I’m concerned. But that doesn’t mean he won’t dive into a bag of Goldfish crackers and devour them all. It takes a certain amount of effort to offer our little ones snacks that are nutrient rich and likeable. Sure, its easy to fall into the rut of Cheerios, cookies and crackers and there is a place for all of this in a balanced diet. I also believe our kids learn to like the foods we give them regularly. So try these healthy snacks out for size and your little one will benefit from the added nutrition a cracker doesn’t always have.
- Beans: Like a Cheerio, beans are a great, packable, finger food. Having a cabinet full of canned beans like chickpeas and black beans is as simple as being stocked up on cereal. Pop open a can, rinse the beans and offer them as part of a meal or packaged in a baggie as a snack for on-the-go. Packed with fiber, protein and lots of nutrients this is a no-brainer. Plus, soft beans like cannellini are easy on gums.
- Dried Fruit: A great alternative to fruit snacks, dried fruits like apples and cherries are a tasty finger food that have a good shelf life, pack easily and of source are loaded with antioxidants and nutrition. Look for no or low-sugar options. Read more
1. Roasted Sweet Potato with Salsa (92 calories)- Top half a medium baked skin-on sweet potato (51 calories) with 1/4 cup salsa (21 calories) and 2 teaspoons sour cream (20 calories).
2. Graprefruit Brulee (90 calories)- Sprinkle 1/2 a medium grapefruit (60 calories) with 2 teaspoons of turbinado sugar (30 calories) and broil until golden. (above, from Food Network Magazine)
It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for in the big game this weekend, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: Game-day chips and dip don’t have to be loaded with junk. Tortilla popchips are made with stoneground corn masa (the same whole-grain corn used to make traditional tortillas) and have the same great crunch as restaurant-style chips, but they’re popped with a little heat and pressure instead of fried. Available in four flavors—nacho cheese, chile limón, ranch and salsa—they’re perfect paired with any kind of dip.
You can buy your own tortilla popchips or enter in the comments for a chance to win some. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite healthy game-day dip. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m. EST.
We’re giving away one case each (that’s 24 single-serve bags!) to five lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.
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So tell us, what’s your favorite healthy game-day dip?
As we settle into our work groove and busy office routines, it’s too easy to grab a bag of chips or make a meal out of a box of Cheez-Its (which I secretly love), but that will quickly leave you feeling unmotivated and unproductive. Rather than raiding the snack machine, here are some great, simple, and healthy snacks to take to the office that will keep you feeling alert and active the whole day.
- Roasted Chickpeas – Here’s a crunchy snack that will give you the same satisfaction as a handful of chips. Chickpeas are packed full of fiber, iron and folate to support a nutritionally-balanced diet. Play around with this recipe and season the chickpeas to your liking: Try cinnamon or cumin instead of the Dijon.
- Frozen Grapes – A classic for someone with a sweet tooth. Grapes are full of polyphenols to help protect again heart disease. Stick your grapes in the freezer when you head to bed, and in the morning you’ll have a healthy candy-alternative to take to the office!
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