Eat: Healthy Summer Snacking

When I was helping out with the No Kid Hungry campaign, we introduced a little game I like to call “This Vs. That” to help parents make eating fun and healthy for kids. So I’m bringing it back for this edition of summer snacking.

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1. Nothing crunches like a good ol’ fashioned bag of potato chips. But no matter how delicious they are, chips aren’t the best for your body and are the top dietary contributors to weight gain. So next time you reach for a bag, consider trying kale chips, seaweed or freeze dried snacks instead. Sunflower seeds are great too! Or your can try to make your own homemade veggie chips from this Rachael Ray recipe.

2. Do you scream for ice cream? Sure, frozen treats are the perfect way to cool down during the summer season, but there’s plenty of ways to get that chill without the unhealthy fats and calories. My personal favorite? Frozen grapes. I always keep a bag in the freezer, or you can try frozen yogurt that’s been made with low or non fat dairy products. Fruit smoothies or fresh fruit are also options!

3. Pop… soda… (whatever you like to call it) might quench your thirst, but don’t be fooled folks! Carbinated drinks like soda are full of sugars and have been linked to heart disease and obesity. So instead of popping open a soft drink, refresh with naturally flavored water instead. All you have to do is add a few slices of your favorite fruit! You can also try juice with sparkling water or drink your veggies too!

4. For your sweet tooth, trade in candy and chocolate treats for something a little more nutritional. I like to make my own trail mix with nuts and dried fruit (no sugar added) to have handy for when I’m on-the-go. And there’s an awesome list of recipes for sweet and salty trail mix on babble. Mini-sized portions are okay, but don’t grab for the super sized bar at checkout. Other healthy options that still pack a punch for sweet cravings include apple slices and almond butter or fresh/grilled fruit.

Do you have healthy suggestions to add to my list? Leave your summer snacks in the comments below.