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Snack Attack

Snack Attack

Ever cave to your children’s demands for junk food—knowing that you’d rather they eat fresh fruit instead? It’s hard to stand firm sometimes, isn’t it? I know living in the land of “sweeties and pudding,” I often indulge my five-year-old. My son sees the other children in the parks here in London eating crisps (potato chips), ice lollies (popsicles), or tucking into chocolates and he just starts wailing that his apple or rice cakes aren’t good enough.

Clearly, everything in moderation is okay and I don’t feel guilty giving my child an ice cream on a hot sunny day. But when it becomes the norm instead of the special occasion, I start to worry that I’m caving in a little too much. For advice, I turned to Jennifer Hnat, a longevity coach and integrative nutritionist who has studied and written about the benefits of raw food for mental and physical health. Jennifer hosts workshops and retreats all over the world and is quite familiar with the parental struggle to keep kids on a healthy diet.

“A recent study revealed that fifty-five percent of five-year-olds consume less than two servings of fruits and vegetables each day. How can we expect high-performance from our children if they are not putting high-performance, healthy foods in their growing bodies?” asks Jennifer.

She suggests that parents repackage healthy treats to be more appealing to little ones. To help you do so, Jennifer has outlined many snack options to inspire you as we head into summer and begin our many eating ventures, often on the road. These snacks make great picnic fare as well. (And are good for parents to nosh on too!)

Jennifer’s Healthy Snack options:

  • AltaDena cottage cheese mixed with pineapple, peaches, trail mix or frozen organic raspberries, drizzled with a tad of agave, honey, or maple syrup
  • Organic carrots and dip
  • Sliced apples, oranges, cold grapes, whole organic bananas
  • Dried fruits such as organic raisins, dates, apricots, or Stretch Island Fruit Leathers (which have no added sugars or preservatives)
  • Stonyfield Planet Protection Low-fat Yogurt (Banilla is wonderfully yummy)
  • Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios
  • Almond butter mixed with honey in a small container with a Baggie-full of cut apples, carrots, and celery
  • Organic crackers or organic salt-free mini pretzels
  • Applesauce and fresh cinnamon
  • Homemade trail mix (see recipes below or get creative with your favorite mixes)

Trail Mix I

Raw Virginia Peanuts

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Raw Cashews

Dried Date Pieces

Organic Raisins

Almonds

Raw Sunflower Seeds

Mix together and store in zip-lock bag in refrigerator until used.

Trail Mix II

Raw Virginia or Spanish Peanuts

Cranberries

Organic Golden Raisins

Sunflower Seeds

Raw Cashews

Raw Slivered Almonds

Mix together and store in zip-lock bag in refrigerator until used.

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