By Janeal Downs
For many, find September means the beginning of lower electricity and grocery bills as children return to school. Though children will not be home for most of the day, many have snacks once they return home. For both after school snacks and lunch meals, for those who do not eat the school lunch, it is still important to remain healthy. Not only children need snacks, but many people within the working community bring snacks to work to save money. However, the most convenient snacks to your wallet, such as chips and items high in sugar, may not be what is most convenient for your body.
Tips for choosing snacks
When selecting types of food to buy for your child’s lunch or snack, familyfreshcooking.com recommends sticking to whole foods which are cheaper and healthier. The website also recommends avoiding packaged foods, because they contain unnecessary ingredients. Read labels and make sure you understand the ingredients and what they could mean for your body.
Bulk. You cook dinner in bulk to insure you have leftovers; why not do the same with snacks. Separate your items into containers and zipper bags and just grab them in the morning.
Your food can be full of green vegetables and tofu, but portioning is a big part of a healthy diet. Preparing your snacks and lunch ahead of time can offer a chance for portioning your meals. Everydayhealth.com recommends some tips for controlling portion sizes. One suggestion is to use dishware that already has measurements on it. To fill yourself, add more vegetables rather than the other ingredients. The article also suggests to re-portion your items by putting them into separate zipper bags.
Power bars can be both cheap and healthy. Nature Valley has a variety of oats bars and other snacks. Fruit can always be a refreshing snack. You can have mixed fruit, fruit in yogurt, and maybe even fruit smoothies. Nuts such as cashews, pecans, and almonds can be a small snack to add to your meal. Popcorn that is low in calories, and does not have too much butter, can be a great midday snack. With the same texture and sometimes taste as chips, vegetable chips can be a healthy alternative.