March is National Nutrition Month. We have been providing simple suggestions of how to incorporate healthy food choices into your diet. How have you been doing?
We know you're not perfect. As a matter of fact, we've all been guilty of making poor snack choices. Imagine this: it's 5 p.m. and your rushing out the door to a child's sporting event before you can serve dinner to your family. You grab something quick to tie yourself or your child over. Was it a good choice? Snacking can be our nemesis if we are not careful.
EatRight.org offers 20 quick snack choices that are also healthy. Feel free to follow the link in order to read their full list. Here are our top five favorite ideas:
- Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit or smooth nut butter.
- Frozen Treats: Mix equal amounts of fat-free plain or flavored yogurt with 100% fruit juice, then pour into paper cups and freeze for a tasty treat
- Quesadilla: Sprinkle shredded cheese over a corn or whole wheat tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
- Rocky Road: Smear low-fat chocolate pudding on a whole grain graham cracker, then top with a marshmallow.
- Make your own fruit roll-up by pureeing fruit and either baking it in the oven or by using a dehydrator.
Another great idea is to meet together as a family to prepare quick snacks. By dividing up fruit and veggies into snack size bags, and having bins in the fridge available for a quick grab, your family and conquer the snacking nemesis together!