Healthy Snack Choices for Moms and Kids, According to a Dietitian
Snacks never looked so good!
The Healthiest Snack Options for Kids, According to an Expert
Dietitian, blogger, YouTuber, and soon-to-be-mom Lindsay Pleskot has made great efforts to make healthy eating fun.
"I have always been interested in food and nutrition, but growing up in the '90s was a weird time. It was all about what not to eat—diet this, sugar-free that, low-fat that," Pleskot tells us. "I knew there had to be another way and became fascinated with discovering how to flip this script and focus on a positive health and nutrition message."
She said that she's grateful for the opportunities her career has taken her in the past decade, "connecting people with food in a positive way."
From dietitian to YouTuber and Instagramer, Pleskot loves that she is able to connect with her viewers about healthy eating through video and social media posts.
"Food and nutrition are about so much more than just the nutrients, and I love how an image can convey such a strong feeling or get someone excited to try a new recipe or nourishing meal by the colors and presentation of a dish," Pleskot said.
Pleskot shares her thoughts and advice on how snack prepping doesn't have to be time consuming and you can always make healthy snack choices for you and your kids.
"Snacking is one of the best ways to keep your energy up throughout the day and keep those 3 p.m. lunchroom cravings or toddler meltdowns from completely taking over," Pleskot says. "But knowing what to snack on can be a bit overwhelming."
Here are Pleskot's helpful snack tips and her advice for those busy mom's who are constantly on the go!
What's a busy mama do to? With some simple prep on the weekend you can get yourself set up with some delicious powerhouse snacks that will satisfy both your body and your tastebuds. Getting your kids involved with these easy recipes can also be a great way to get them interested in the kitchen.
When choosing a snack, there are a couple of elements I always try to include to boost energy without the sugar crash. Pairing fiber with some protein or fat is the ultimate combo, so how do you get this to appeal to the little ones?
Here are five of my faves that you can whip up in no time:
Whether you need a quick breakfast on the go or a mid-morning snack, these are packed with all the goods. I don't think I've ever met a kid who would turn down a cookie.
Ingredient that takes them up a notch: California Prunes!
Prunes have long been loved for their digestive friendly benefits. They feed the good bacteria in our gut and keep our digestion humming along smoothly. They are also a delicious way to add natural sweetness. Did you know that prunes promote bone health? Recent research has shown that prunes can reverse bone loss and preserve bone structure, particularly reducing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
I'm a sucker for a salty, crunchy snack. There are a ton of chickpea snacks on the market these days, but making them at home is super simple, cost efficient, and you get to choose exactly what you put on them.
Ingredient that takes them up a notch: Chickpeas in themselves are packed with plant-powered goodness, but adding spices also enhances their nutrition profile. Try turmeric or cayenne for an adult-friendly, anti-inflammatory kick. For a more kid friendly palette try garlic salt, dried dill, or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
3. Chia Pudding
Anyone else remember those Jell-O snack packs growing up? This chia pudding recipe takes about three minutes to make and provides a ton of nutrition, which you're not exactly getting from the original.
Ingredient that takes them up a notch: Chia seeds are packed with soluble fiber—a certain type of fiber specifically shown to balance blood sugars, keep you full longer, and reduce cholesterol. They also provide Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for developing brains!
Hummus is a go-to energizing snack. To mix things up a bit and make it a little more appealing to the little ones, try adding roasted beets or red peppers.
Ingredient that takes them up a notch: Along with sneaking an extra serving of veggies in, beets and red peppers both provide skin nourishing, immune boosting Vitamin C—especially helpful during cold and flu season.
5. Edamame Dip
Another staple in our the snack rotation for myself and my clients is edamame dip. For those that aren't fans of hummus or just want to change things up a bit, this vibrant dip is perfect with cut up vegetables, whole grain crackers, pita, or tortilla chips.
Ingredient that takes them up a notch: Edamame beans are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats for the ultimately satisfying snacks that will keep blood sugars (and mood) stable.
Something to Keep in Mind
Pleskot wants her viewers to get one message from her profiles and videos: "Food is meant to be enjoyed!"
Healthy eating does not mean you have to restrict yourself from delicious food choices.
"Try to take moments to incorporate mindfulness into your meals—turn off the screens and tune in to the flavors, textures, and the company you're with when eating," Pleskot says. "I guarantee that when you do this, you'll enjoy your food more, become more in tune with your hunger and fullness cues, and learn that your body is the ultimate guide in letting you know what it needs."
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