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This has to be the most common phrase in my house: “Mom, I’m hungry!” Runners-up include “Can I use the iPad?” and “(loud screaming noises).” But seriously, you’d think I have three teenage boys at home, rather than my 6, 4, and 2-year-olds! My daughter actually doesn’t even ask anymore. She has started just opening her mouth and pointing to it.
I’m definitely guilty of dishing out the cookies to keep the wild monkeys at bay. But this school year we are trying to make better food choices as a family. We even eat spinach at dinner now. Actual spinach. Yes, we are on our way to being “that” family.
Today I thought I’d share some ideas for how you can swap out your junky snacks and substitute some healthier options. Whether you crave sweets, salt, or carbs, carbs, carbs (got carried away there), there are ways to snack smarter!
Smart Snack Substitutions
The Vice: Sugar at breakfast
I’m sure I’m not the only one who hears “breakfast” and thinks “glazed doughnut” and “chocolate chip muffin!” But breakfast is better for you when it isn’t a plateful of sugar. I’ve been enjoying eggs and cottage cheese when I have time to sit down and eat.
And when I need something quick, a hardboiled egg is easy, and the yolk is SO good! I buy two cartons of eggs at once, and immediately boil one whole carton. Then just mark the carton with “HB,” and they’ll be ready for you to grab in the morning! Hard boiled eggs are great for kids’ school lunches too.
If you really feel the need for some sugar in the morning, try getting it from fruit. My kids love bananas, strawberries, and apples, and they flipped for these Gold Emblem Abound fruit crisps, from CVS. The whole Gold Emblem Abound line of snacks is free of artificial flavors and preservatives, and these Banana and Strawberry Crisps have no added sugar, unlike other dried fruit.
This morning Carter said, referring to the Banana Crisps, “Mom, put as many of those in my lunch as you can!”
The Vice: Soda fiend
I have a soda addiction, no doubt about it. For me, it’s all about the carbonation. That’s what I crave. Try a sparkling juice or water to wean yourself off soda. Reduce the amount you have by a little each day, and soon the cravings will go away!
The Vice: Salt is my jam
Recently my snack of choice has been salsa con queso with tortilla chips. Tasty, but not the best option, nor are potato chips! Regular salsa is great because it has veggies and tastes so good. Try dipping some Gold Emblem Baked Rice Crisps!
The Vice: Eat all the bread
My husband and I are cutting back on carbs, and it’s not fun! Especially when your all-time favorite food is pizza… If you need some carbs in your life, try to get the healthiest ones out there. A trail mix will have a good variety of foods with lots of essential nutrients.
The Vice: The kids won’t. stop. eating!
Make sure they are snacking on food that is good for them! The Gold Emblem Abound line includes product benefits right on the front of the packaging, so you can easily choose the snacks that will help support a healthy lifestyle!
Well those are our snacking vices! Do you have the same ones? Any tips on how to snack smarter? Leave a comment and let me know!