Healthy Snacks

I know I am not the only mom that feels like snacks are all the kids really want.

While in my experience less snacks also means cleaner plates at dinner time, a day doesn’t go by without eating a snack of some sort. In our house we only stock healthy snacks, believe me when I say you do not miss anything by not buying junk food.

We love eating apples and I do not usually cut them up for my toddler into slices, the way most kids prefer. She loves when I peel the whole apple for her and she eats it whole! These I buy organic because apples are way up there on the list of the most pesticide content in produce. Our favorite varieties are Fuji and Gala apples. We used to buy apples at a local farm, but they are not organic and still sprayed almost as much as conventionally grown apples.

Though we mostly eat cheese at breakfast, it is also a great healthy snack. It’s easy to just cut a piece or a few to take along in a container. Cheese is best eaten before evening as it may be hard to digest at night. Our favorites are raw milk cheddar, Jarlsberg, and gouda (really high in vitamin K2). My toddler loves the Jarlsberg, but raw milk cheddar is her all time favorite. It is especially great for us because we do not drink milk and need calcium from other sources.

Nuts are one of our favorite healthy snacks, thankfully no real allergies here. I try to limit them as I am breastfeeding and they are highly allergenic. My husband and toddler could live off of cashews. I love almonds and walnuts. My favorite are pine nuts, but they are super expensive. I used to feast on roasted pine nuts when I visited family in the Ural mountains. We are not big fans of peanuts, however we do occasionally buy organic peanut butter.

Perfectly toddler sized, olives are a great healthy snack. We prefer the black olives with a mild flavor, I don’t think my toddler would eat the more tasty and flavorful ones. They go very well with all of the above snacks. I buy ones in BPA free cans, but ideally I would prefer glass jars. They are so easy to take along with you!

A cooked egg is perfectly portioned for a snack. My toddler loves eggs in any way, shape, or form. She could probably eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I let her! Packed with protein and other nutritious goodness, you can feel good about snacking.

Our all time favorite and my baby’s first food is the avocado. Sometimes I would cut one in half, keep it together, take it along with us, it would never go bad for short day trips. It’s easy to feed with a spoon. Warning: it can be hard to wash out of clothing if not treated right away.

The list could go on, but these are our favorites for both taste and convenience, as well as packing a punch when it comes to nutrition. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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