By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page! I’ve been seeing commercials recently for Sargento Balanced Breaks, and it got me thinking. First off, I think this is a fairly good alternative for on-the-go snacking. Cheese, nuts, and dried fruit mean you’re getting a decent dose of dairy and protein (8 grams total) which is great for fueling on the go. And yes, I realize that sometimes life gets in the way – hello kids activities, travel, or the never-ending to-do list, I gotcha. Sometimes purchasing a packaged product is the only option, and it’s great to have some decent alternatives. But with a little planning ahead, it’s simple to make your own snack packs. It’s quick and easy, but how do the prices compare? I break that down for you too. What’s in the Product Let’s start out by taking a look at what’s included in this product (as taken from their site): Ingredients Gouda Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (Vegetable Color), Natamycin (A Natural Mold Inhibitor)], Dried Fruit and Nut Blend [Peanuts, Cranberries, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Honey, Maltodextrin, Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Vegetable Oil (Peanut, Cottonseed, Soybean and/or Sunflower Seed), Xanthan Gum]. A few of these items are ones that I’d note and not be too excited about eating: Maltodextrin, which can sometimes be a hidden source of MSG and definitely not something I’d cook with at home Modified Potato Starch, usually used as a binder or thickening agent – again not something I’d cook with at home Vegetable Oil – here is why we avoid these And of course, if you make it yourself, you can make it organic – something that we always suggest when feasible. Here’s a quick reminder why. How to Make Your Own […]
Snacks for Kids
Today I want to share one way to deal with all the candy you end up with this time of year as well as some real food for Halloween or fall-themed parties (new recipe included!).
Cereal bars sure are convenient, but the packaged ones leave a lot to be desired. Today’s recipe for homemade Whole Wheat Cereal Bars includes black walnuts – something I honestly had never heard of before working with Hammons.
I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making changes on kids’ sports teams. Here’s my best advice so you can do the same.
While we all know there are many snacks that contain processed ingredients and don’t provide any real value, there are plenty of decent options out there. Here’s a list of some of our favorite real food snacks:
It’s time to have fun with real food for the upcoming holiday weekend! This cute little idea would be great for Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, or just any old time you’re feeling patriotic. :)
The other day my 9-year-old was hungry for a snack, and after rummaging through the kitchen she said, “Mom, do we have any muffins anywhere?” That girl loves some muffins, and if she’s really hungry she’ll try to eat two in a row (or even three!) some days. So she was thrilled today when she came home from school and said, “What smells so good?” and I explained that it was a new muffin creation in the oven …Apple Walnut Muffins! With fall upon us and apples in season this is the perfect combination to snack on (or add to a school lunch) this time of year. I hope your little ones enjoy them as much as mine do! :)
I don’t believe that in recreational sports there needs to be a snack given. But on the occasion that they are, there are so many other great ideas for real food snacks that can feed the teams and classes!
Summer is a great time to experiment with different fruits and veggies because there are so many in season. They are great to have by themselves as a snack, but sometimes it is fun to add a little of this or a little of that and come up with a yummy fruit or veggie creation.
By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran check out our team page!
Eating real food is important to me and just as important for my family. I know firsthand that this is not always easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But as parents, I feel that it’s our job to give our kids the knowledge of what healthy actually means—both in and outside the house.
Our First Soccer Experience
Last fall, my 7 year old joined the local soccer league—a very organized one at that. We’re still in the stage of figuring out where our kids’ talents lie, and for this season, it was soccer. One practice a week and one game on weekends…that I could handle. But the snack situation I could not.
The first game rolled around, and each girl was instructed to bring a water bottle. Super, I thought. They absolutely need hydration. The coach had brought a big bag of oranges, cut and ready to be consumed, which the kids ate during the 45 minute game. Awesome! I loved that they had a sweet, nourishing whole food snack and water to nosh on while taking a breather.
But then when they finished the game and were given a bag of Cheez-It’s and a Capri Sun, I was baffled. Um, really? But what was I going to do, be the mean mom who wouldn’t let my daughter take the snack? (I was not the mean mom this time.)
Sure, eating homemade food 100% of the time is ideal, but – let’s face it – not realistic! I love to cook and make meals from scratch, but I am the first to admit that when there is a “shortcut” I find completely acceptable I totally go for it. That includes sandwich bread (made with 5 whole ingredients from a local bakery), store bought plain yogurt (that is both organic and made with whole milk), strawberry “all fruit” jam (when the summer gets away from me and I just don’t have time for canning), and – no doubt about it – snacks! When you find yourself cooking from scratch every night for dinner and even some days for lunch and breakfast, I agree it can be hard to muster up the energy to consistently make homemade snacks as well. So that’s why I am excited to share two of the “cleanest” store bought snacks currently on the market from two companies that I love, and that also happen to be sponsors of ours! We are very selective with the sponsors we work with on this blog, and there’s nothing better than being able to promote products that I already purchase on my own. So I present to you…