Friday, February 26, 2010

The Healthy Kitchen: 35 Best Foods to Stock in Your Fridge and Pantry

Today was my grocery shopping day and in addition to our normal staples, I tried to incorporate some additional items so the kids can still enjoy their snacks without a lot of the normal sugary choices. I found myself buying string cheese, peanut butter, pretzel sticks, cheese cubes, whole wheat tortillas, crackers, yogurt, oatmeal, 100 calorie bags of microwavable popcorn, unsweetned applesauce, apple & eve juice(no sugar added), frozen strawberries. If I do give them regular juice like OJ or apple juice I dilute with water.

I normally pack my little man's lunch and although he prefers to take PB&J every day, I try to switch it up a bit by using whole wheat bread, tortillas or even waffles. In the past week, I received some really great ideas on snacks from my readers so I tried to incorporate a lot of those suggestions on my grocery list. The kids love yogurt and I never thought about adding frozen fruit for a smoothie. I know they are now fans of apple slices with peanut butter. The one thing I like about using tortillas for sandwiches is I can hide lettuce and tomato and my little man is none the wiser. He enjoys the sandwich so much and totally forgets about eating vegetables. I am committed to providing the best possible menu in spite of their picky eating habits.

In terms of the other snacks, I put those in an undisclosed location to control their desire to snack around the clock. I feel good about taking on this challenge and know the kids will definitely benefit in the long run.

I read great food items to have on hand in the fridge, pantry and freezer. You may find this helpful as well.

The Healthy Kitchen: 35 Best Foods to Stock in Your Fridge and Pantry


Stesha said...

Great snack options. The Kids and I enjoy carrots dipped in low-fat ranch dressing. Yummy!

When I was little, I would eat apples with peanut butter, too. I need to introduce the kids to this snack as well. I'm sure they will enjoy it.

Hugs and Mocha,

ParlinMom said...

Healthy snacks are not only good for the children it is also good for us. eating them can keep unwanted pounds from creeping up where they need not be.

you can also make homemade sauces, gravy, and fruits and veggies and freeze them for later use. I have become a fan or farmers markets and wholesale clubs for just this purpose.

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