Exercising regularly has many benefits, but we can't be completely healthy if we don't pay attention to what we eat as well. The food that we put into our bodies can give us energy (or take it away), can help make our metabolisms, our minds, and our digestive systems work more effectively (or less effectively), and can combat sickness and injury (or not).
Eating meals that include a variety of foods (particularly natural and whole foods - think fruits, vegetables, and grains) is essential. Snacking on healthy munchies throughout the day can also be beneficial.
fresh fruit smoothies
apple slices or rings
clusters of grapes
Although fresh fruits and veggies are probably the best bet, I especially appreciate "convenience" snacks (i.e. snacks that require no preparation that I can grab on-the-go), but unfortunately these type of snacks are often packed with sugar, fat, and salt. Thus, I appreciate when companies produce yummy snacks in this category without all of the "yuckies."
Snikiddy, "a new line of organic food products designed to embody and encourage a healthy lifestyle for children," is one great option.
Snikiddy currently offers six different snack items***: Rockin' Ranch Puffs, Pizza Pie Puffs, Grilled Cheese Puffs, Chocolate Chippers, Cherry Oaties, and Banana Nibbles. The website states that, "all the ingredients in Snikiddy Snacks are free of pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification, and refinement." With that great promise, these are snacks that you can share with your child without reservation (moderation, of course, still applies...).
***I tried all three of the cookies (chippers, oaties, and nibbles) and was impressed. I especially loved the Chocolate Chippers - they were satisfying, delicious, and easy-to-eat one-handed (an especially important feature for a mom!). I tried the Grilled Cheese Puffs and wasn't a huge fan, but you will probably like them if you like these.
You can find Snikiddy products at a store near you or buy them on Amazon.
For more healthy snack ideas, read the "40 Healthy Snacks for Moms-to-Be" article on the Parents Magazine website.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Snikiddy Snack Pack with a variety of Snikiddy snacks. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Tuesday, January 8. The winner will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, January 9. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATED * The winner is #78 porchswinger. Congratulations!
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