Stocking a Healthy Pantry

If I’m learning one thing as my children grow like weeds, it’s that they’re always hungry. Stocking a kitchen full of healthy food is critical for their wellbeing. Here are some tips I have learned.

By Erin Guerreri, OrganWise Mom’s Council

ALWAYS

I have grouped snacks into two catagories: “Easy” (fast, already-made) and “June Cleaver” (when I feel like putting on an apron and whippin up something homemade).

Here’s what I keep on hand (with an emphasis on fresh and healthy):

Easy Snacks

  • Applesauce:  The pouch kinds are easy to throw into a diaper bag. They are kind of expensive and not very filling for the bigger kids, but they work well for the little ones
  • Fruit/Nut Bars:  Larabars are not cheap, but they’re just fruit and nuts
  • Dried Fruit and Nuts: Raisins, cranberries, almonds and cashews
  • Fruit: Grapes and bananas
 
June Cleaver Snacks
  • Gluten Free Banana Bread: (Our family is mostly gluten free and this actually tastes like the real thing!)
  • Energy Balls:  Pretty quick to whip up and a big hit with the kids. (I’m sure it has nothing to do with the chocolate chips)
  • Vegetable Platter with Hummus:  Carrots, peppers, broccoli, etc, with hummus
  • Meat/Cheese Platter: Nitrate free turkey roll-ups, pepperoni, etc, with cheese cubes
I used to try a snack schedule to take some of the guesswork out of each day’s snacks, but I found that the kids ended up not liking certain days if they didn’t love the day’s assigned snack. Now I change things up more frequently and we’re having more fun at snack time.
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