By Debbie Koenig
Stop 10 moms on the street, and we’ll all have one thing in common: snacks in our bags. Schlepping nibbles everywhere we go is worth it, if it prevents even one of those meltdowns that accompany crashing blood sugar. But what to carry? The perfect, portable, healthy snack meets six requirements:
- Sturdy enough to withstand jostling
- Easy to munch while on the go
- Little-to-no added sugar, with whole grains and/or fruits and vegetables, maybe even a source of protein
- Minimally messy for the eater
Seems like a tall order. But you might be surprised by how many options fit the bill – so many, in fact, I broke them down by category:
- Fruit leather
- Baked banana chips
- Granola, either store-bought or homemade
- Graham cracker PB&J sandwiches
- Small boxes of raisins
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- Seaweed snacks
- Roasted chickpeas
- Baked vegetable chips
- Baked tortilla or whole-wheat pita chips
- Flavored popcorn. Here are 10 recipes!
- Homemade granola bars – here’s a recipe with three easy variations
- Chewy fruit snacks made with real fruit
- Almond-stuffed dates
- Make healthy “brownie” bites: Pulse 1 cup pitted dates, 1/2 cup each of almond meal and shredded (unsweetened) coconut, and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder in the food processor until a thick paste forms—drizzle water through the feed tube if mixture is dry. Shape into balls, and roll in more coconut. (Or leave ’em plain—my picky eater prefers them that way.)
- Turkey jerky
Sometimes, you want a little bit of everything. In that case, nothing beats a homemade cereal mix – this Cherry-Chocolate Snack Mix offers the perfect combination of crunchy, salty, fruity, and CHOCOLATE. Add some popcorn, and you’ve got whole grains, too.
What kind of munchies are always in your bag?
Debbie Koenig writes about family and food, and is the author of the cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too. Find her at http://debbiekoenig.com.
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