Is this a healthy snack

Amanda - posted on 08/26/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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whole wheat Ritz crackers & peanut butter & honey JIF? just curious...what other EASY snacks are healthy...something w/ no prepwork or barely any prep.

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Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2010

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String cheese, apple slices with peanut butter, and yogurt are favorites in our home.

Kelli - posted on 09/05/2010

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i find that my kids like grapes and bananas and they r easy to let them have

Tracy - posted on 09/04/2010

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I always check the sugar content on packaged food. Sometimes food that looks like it would be healthy can have loads of sugar.

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2010

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fruit kabobs with yogurt to dip...you can even by pre-cut chunks of fruit to avoid most of the prep...

Angie - posted on 08/30/2010

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avocado banana and honey is our favorite sometime I add alittle splash of lime juice my 4 yr old and 19 month old love it. we also do cottage cheese and peas.. I always try to add green in anything I make.. roll up cheese slices with spinach..

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Talea - posted on 09/08/2010

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JIF is full of sugars, if you want honey added into your peanut butter it's so much healthier to add local raw honey to a small amount of natural peanut butter (smuckers makes one that is already blended but there is also a lid you can buy to mix up natural peanut butters without making all the mess) whole wheat ritz are better than regular but ritz tends to be high sodium and fat, your best bet is to get them in the organic section of the supermarket - that said for those of us on a budget I will do the best I can with what I have, my kids love saltines (unsalted) or whole grain - generic brands whatever -and I have been known to make my own. I have bought small jars of generic peanut butter if I'm really in a pinch on money (my husband is a trucker and it is tough business to stay afloat in), also I use organic raw honey for medicinal purposes as well as a natural sweeter so I buy big jars from local flea markets, health food stores, farmers markets - I especially like the ones with the comb as my kids and I love chewing on it (kinda the same texture as wax lips were in the 80's but without artificial coloring or parafin lol) -

to answer your question its an ok snack, peanut butter is great protein just high in sugar especially if you buy ones like JIF, Peter Pan, etc.., but most of us buy it and grew up on it. Whole wheat is good, organic whole wheat is better - blah blah blah You get the idea and we have all heard it many times :).

Now some snacks that are healthy that we have here are carrots and celery with fat free ranch dressing, apple slices with peanut butter and raisins, dried fruits and raw nuts, (Darian loves blue berries, David loves raisins, Lil'Bit likes cherries, and they all snarf my dried apricots and banana chips and almonds) whole wheat bread (1 slice) smeared with low fat cream cheese and maybe a little preserves, my youngest son loves fruit so we always keep apples and bananas on hand, he also loves cereal so we have things like cheerios or granola also. My second youngest son loves "mixtures" (read trail mix he makes himself) he just goes around the pantry looking for dried fruits, nuts, cereals, and if he's lucky some sort of chocolate chip or candy he can add he tosses them into a baggie and heads out the door. Now one of my sons and I love edamame just follow the package directions and we can eat that like popcorn (also another good option if you just buy the bag of kernals and get an air popper no fat and not really any time at all - I personally still use 1/4 cup kernals in maybe a tsp or so of butter in a pot on the stove), as for drinks we do have kool-aid when I'm desperate for flavor and in the check book not normally something I would do, but we use less sugar than called for. I do make lemonade with lemon juice and honey in a pinch, my kiddos also love mexican hot chocolate in winter, just heat milk, add cocoa powder, a little honey (or other sweetner), some cinnamon and if you want a kick a little chili powder. I firmly believe in healthy eating but once in a while I do let my kids have a lollipop or we bake cookies "just because". They learn to cook on one hand and who doesn't love memories of being in the kitchen with mom. Just balance. (We also bake crackers, breads, and all sorts of things) I do have a metal water bottle now for each memeber of the family now except my 8 month old daughter, and we have enjoyed them quite a bit, we keep a jug of water in the fridge and fill up as desired - also cuts the "can I have a glass of water" at night game. So we really are drinking much less suger and we are all feeling better and my teenagers skins have improved (as has mine). (and no guilt over plastic waste). we drink organic milk for the kids when we can afford it, and I aslo like rice, soy or almond milk on occasion. I do buy dry milk for my baking and cooking.

lol sorry about the book :)

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I have always enjoyed giving the kids pretzels and cheese whiz. For a special treat I add gold fish so they can go fishing with thier pretzle sticks.

Karla - posted on 09/05/2010

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I think it is a totally acceptable snack. Sure you COULD do whole grain crackers and natural P-nut butter, but you could be giving your LO candy and cookies!

Susan - posted on 09/03/2010

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Just cut up some fresh organic fruit and veggies... I would suggest giving gluten free crackers..They have some really yummy Raw Flax seed crackers..

September - posted on 08/31/2010

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Yummy Angie I'm going to try the avovado, banana and honey treat! That sounds so good! I bet our son will love it too! Thanks for the great idea!

Karen - posted on 08/27/2010

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Carrots and ranch; almost any kind of fruit; lara bars. The main thing to check on those Ritz crackers is whether there is any kind of corn syrup in them. Not so good. And if you can find crackers with cracked wheat as opposed to wheat flour, you will really be doing good!

September - posted on 08/27/2010

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If there are whole grains in the crakers then, yes that does count :) I've never heard of JIF peanut butter so I don't know anything about that.

Amanda - posted on 08/26/2010

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no its actually JIF. The box says whole wheat w/ 5grams of whole grain...does that count?

September - posted on 08/26/2010

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Whole grain crackers are healthier than whole wheat and all natural peanut butters are healthier than Jiffy if Jiffy is what you're referring to. Healthy snacks that our 22 month old son enjoys are....fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly cubes made on whole grain bread, Annie’s cheddar bunnies, raisins, all natural cheese puffs, homemade hummus and pita bread, fresh steamed veggies, yogurt mixed with fresh fruit, homemade fruit smoothies, whole grain crackers and cheese, cottage cheese with fresh fruit. Enjoy! :)

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