Hi MySuperFoods Blog Followers,
I’d like to introduce myself as a new blog member to the MySuperFoods Team. My name is Lauren and I’m interning here this summer! I’m so grateful to be a part of such an amazing company and to be able to gain the experiences I have thus far.
Today we’re talking snacks. And no, not chips and candy types of snacks, more along the lines of healthy, recharging our energy types of snacks.
I always feel better when I eat healthy. Whether it be waking up ten minutes early to whip up some egg whites or sticking to actually eating my salad that I brought with me to work- there’s no doubt that what I consume throughout the day has an effect on my work ethic and my mood as well.
But, where I really need to reign myself in is through my snacking habits. Walking into the kitchen looking for a mid-day or sometimes even mid-night snack can be dangerous, and we all know it! For me, it’s all about learning that there is always a healthier option out there.
A recent article taken from EatRight.org gives us plenty of easy, yet nutritious quick-fixes for snack ideas. Not only are these ideas perfect for kids as an after-school snack, but ideal for adults too!
1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
3. Stuff a whole grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
7. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
8. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
9. Toast a whole grain waffle and top it with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.
10. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
11. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.
12. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.
13. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
14. Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.
15. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
16. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain crackers.
17. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
18. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
20. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
21. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
23. Rocky Road: Break graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
24. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
25. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
Snack Ideas taken from AmericanDieteticAssociation.org