As a mom of 5, I am a firm believer in serving my growing kids a healthy kid snack. Kids have small tummies, especially when they’re young, and they like to eat smaller meals than adults.
Since I’m under the weather this week and not prepared for making real food lunches with the kids, I decided to brainstorm a list of grain-free snacks for my kids. I realized after I wrote up the two lists below, that it is really hard to come up with grain-free ideas. Of course, since my kids aren’t into eggs and beans, that limits my personal list a bit, but I’ll keep trying with these two foods.
Why grain free? After reading Katie’s post at Kitchen Stewardship yesterday and experiencing for myself how time-consuming, but not laborious-intensive, it is to soak grains, I thought it would be helpful to have a list of grain-free snacks to make sure I always had the ingredients on hand. Since we have a number of relatives who are dealing with gluten issues, having such a list ensures that I also have good party food on hand.
Our Current Healthy Snack List
- apples with peanut butter
- oranges with a little honey
- sweet potato puree with or without carrots
- cheese – I just found grass-fed cheese at Trader Joe’s for a great price
- roasted potatoes with ketchup
- yogurt with jam
Healthy Snacks We’ll Try
- veggies with buttermilk dip
- humus with veggies
- ants on a log – peanut butter on celery with raisins
- shrimp with dip – not sure how they will do with this
- cucumbers with humus or tunafish
I think I could drive myself crazy trying to limit the grains or I could keep it simple with lots of fruits, veggies, canned fruit, cheese, organic peanut butter, and dips on hand. If I don’t buy or make lots of grain items, we’ll have to be resourceful with what we have.