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Tips for Snacks

By Debra Robinson,2014-11-25 17:42
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Tips for Snacks

    School Lunch &

    Snacks

    In an effort to minimize sugar and refined foods that can cause energy slumps, impair optimal learning and cause behavioral issues, I like to encourage snacks to be proteins,

    fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Parents are busy, so snacks need to be quick, wholesome and easy to prepare. Here are some suggestions.

    Vegetables I like whatever’s seasonal and/or local. Veggies go over well with DIPS like hummus, vinegars, or homemade dips of puréed leftovers, or WRAPS, like wraps them in flatbread, lettuce leaves, nori sheets or tortillas.

Baked sweet-potato or squash slices

    Steamed green beans (splash on a little Bragg’s and vinegar)

    Raw sliced red, green, yellow peppers

    Raw or lightly steamed carrot sticks, broccoli and/or cauliflower Cucumber chunks (raw or soaked in a sweet vinegar )

    Peas inside the pod

    Corn on the cob sections (even cold)

    Cherry tomatoes (but wear protective eyewear :o)

    Kale chips (slow roasted kale pieces, baked til crisp)

    Roasted Cauliflower (coated in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and roasted at 300?F for 60 mins)

    Small romaine lettuce leaf ―tacos‖ filled with beans, meat, fruit, vegs, egg, anything…

    Fruits (preferably fresh, not canned, use dried fruit sparingly) Peeled chunks of kiwi

    Bananas

    Oranges or clementines (easy to peel)

    Apple, pear, plum or peach

    Berries, cherries, grapes (see below about washing)

    Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries

    Applesauce (unsweetened)

    (Summer option; freeze whole grapes or ? bananas on popsicle sticks)

    Whole grains There are a few great brands of whole grain (rye) crackers and breads (pictured below- available at Nature’s Choice, Fresh Off the Farm and sometimes even Hannaford and Shaw’s.)

Mind Body Nutrition ; Holly Noonan ; (207) 975-9442; www.MindBodyNutrition.net

Ryvita crackers, Kavli crackers Wasa crackers Mestemacher rye or

    (any variety) (any variety) (any variety) pumpernickel bread

    Whole grain crackers-- The Kavlis in particular are yummy by themselves. All can be topped with plain organic butter, almond or peanut butter and thin apple slices, Sockeye salmon and tomato, apple butter, hummus, banana slices or applesauce.

    Mochi- Cut cakes into squares and bake til they expand. They get chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Dip in sweet soysauce. (Available at the Co-ops or FOTF.)

    PorridgeWhole grains (oats, quinoa, rice, amaranth, spelt, cornmeal, barley, etc.) cooked til soft, served with butter and maple syrup topped with fruit and roasted nuts, coconut oil and agave, savory sauces, like miso-tahini sauce.

Whole grain pancakes (see recipe)good by themselves or with fruit.

Sprouted grain bread (Food for Life or Ezekiel brandsavailable in Hannaford natural

    foods freezer section) almond butter and all-fruit jam or egg salad with diced pickles and carrots with mayo, org. cream cheese and jam are some ideas.

    Zippy Ziti (see recipe) a whole grain pasta with a high toddler approval rating.

Protein

    Hard boiled eggs (boil for 10 mins then shock them with cold water to make them easy to peel.)

    Leftover roasted chicken pieces

    Fritatta (sort of an omelet of leftovers including whole grains)

    Hummus (see recipe)

    Roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds (see recipe)

    Applesauce mixed with amaranth or quinoa (it’s good! Both grains are complete proteins)

Organic?

    Here’s a link to the top ten fruits and vegetables to buy organic because they test as

    having the highest pesticide residue.

    1. Peaches (highest pesticide load) 6. Strawberries

    2. Apples 7. Cherries

    3. Sweet Bell Peppers 8. Lettuce

    4. Celery 9. Grapes Imported

    5. Nectarines 10. Pears

    To see the whole list of 44 items, go to: http://www.foodnews.org/ Before being washed, non-organic produce regularly hosts small quantities of up to 20 pesticide chemicals including known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Mind Body Nutrition ; Holly Noonan ; (207) 975-9442; www.MindBodyNutrition.net

When you enjoy non-organic fruits, scrub with bio-degradable soap, then rinse

    multiple times.

    Recipes! - Try them at home for fun. If you have your kids help you wash and cut, they are much more likely to eat!

Hummus-

    2 cups of cooked chick peas (or one 30 oz can)

    ? cup tahini

    3 cloves garlic

    ? tsp sea salt

    juice of one whole lemon

    2 tsp water

    optionsadd fresh herbs like basil, sautéed onions or roasted red pepper,

    add spices like cumin or cayenne or coriander.

    Blend til smooth. Chill. Dip crackers, veggies or apples and enjoy.

    VinegarsBragg’s apple cider raw vinegar is perhaps the healthiest (and tasty too) but also try ume plum vinegar, balsamic vinegar and seasoned rice vinegar to tickle your

    taste buds. Sometimes just vinegar is enough o get a kid to eat vegetables.

    Sweet Cukes --- Just immerse a sliced cucumber into ? cup of water, ?

    cup rice or apple cider vinegar and add a teaspoon of sugar (use agave

    nectar or stevia for lower glycemic options.)

    Fruit Dipany fresh fruit, especially Roasted tapanadeRoasted vegetables

    berries, blended with dates (oat-floured (toss raw zucchini, red peppers,

    date pieces) Add silken tofu and/or cauliflower, squash, whole garlic cloves

    tahini until you get the consistency you and/or carrots in olive oil and bake at

    want. 250?F for 60 minutes. Let cool before

     putting in the blender.)

    2 cups fruit

    ? cup date pieces 4 tbls olive oil

    ? block silken tofu 1 cup olives

    ? cup tahini salt to taste

     ? tsp oregano

    ? tsp basil

    3 cups roasted vegetables of choice Avocado dip

    2 tbls balsamic vinegar 1 ripe avocado

    ? cup toasted pumpkin, sunflower ? cup yogurt or ? cup soy mayo

    or sesame seeds 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar

     salt to taste Whizz ingredients into a puree. Whack it

    into the fridge to chill.

    Mind Body Nutrition ; Holly Noonan ; (207) 975-9442; www.MindBodyNutrition.net

    Smoothies- you can hide greens, fish/flax oil and tofu in them and they’ll still drink it!

    Whole Grain pancakesgood slow-burn brain food to keep you going.

1 cup whole wheat flour (or gluten free mix)

    ? cup other whole grain flour (buckwheat, cornmeal, spelt, etc) 1 cup rolled oats, or cooked grain (like kasha, amaranth, millet, etc) 3 tbls olive or walnut oil

    1 tsp baking soda

    2 tsp baking powder

    ? tsp salt

    3 tbl maple syrup or agave nectar

    2 eggs (or more if you want)

    1 ? cups organic milk, soymilk or ricemilk

    ? cup toasted sunflower seeds

    ? cup or raisins and/or ? cup of date pieces

    optional: 2 cups organic blueberries (fresh or frozen) optional: add walnuts, replace soymilk with plain yogurt

    Fill a bowl with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the wet ingredients and immersion blend or whisk til smooth. Reserve some of the

    milk til the end and add til you get the consistency you want. Heat skillet

    to medium high heat with butter. Make heaps and then freeze for quick snacks on the go.

    Zippy Ziti

    I whole bag whole wheat pasta or whole rice pasta (Hannaford) 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

    1/4 cup Braggs liquid aminos

    1/4 cup nutritional yeast

    1/4 cup dulse flakes

    ? cup unsweetened applesauce

    Cook pasta and drain. Mix all ingredients together. Let cool.

    Roasted seeds--

1 cup seeds (pumpkin or sunflower or a mixture)

    Mind Body Nutrition ; Holly Noonan ; (207) 975-9442; www.MindBodyNutrition.net

1 tbl Braggs aminos

    Lay seeds on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and pour aminos on. Swish around till all are damp. If you have a toaster oven, toast on ―light‖ or until you hear seeds start to pop (maybe 2 minutes.) In a conventional oven, preheat to 300?F and put

    the seeds in for 2 to 5 minutes. Keep a careful watch as they can burn quickly. Let cool and scrape off. Serve as garnish or by themselves. Yum! Great source of calcium.

    Mind Body Nutrition ; Holly Noonan ; (207) 975-9442; www.MindBodyNutrition.net

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