Today I’m sharing some of my go-to wholefood snacks that we love around here. They are quick, they are healthy, and they are kid-approved – you should know my boys would have some serious dramatic gagging and shenanigans going on if they didn’t like what I served them.
Now, you WILL occasionally find Goldfish and graham crackers in my pantry. I’m human…and I go grocery shopping hungry sometimes because: life. I try to live by an 80/20 philosophy with food because we all enjoy some convenience foods and treats sometimes, and I don’t want to make myself crazy with restrictions. The kids and I talk about “wow” foods and “whoa” foods to get them involved in making healthy choices. The idea is to be mindful of what we eat, but that in moderation, most foods are ok.
For a long time, whenever I marveled at my boys’ endless appetites, I would think that they must be growing. That’s what everyone says when kids are eating that much, but then I started to notice that it wasn’t just every few months, it was all.the.time. These kids can EAT. It’s pretty impressive, really, how much they can pack away in a sitting.
Why Whole Foods
This spurred me to get a little smarter about what I was feeding them. A few years ago I began to read everything I could get my hands on about feeding my family a wholefood diet, which is simply the premise of eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. In other words, limiting processed foods with lots of ingredients that I can’t pronounce.
This new wholefood mindset has made an enormous impact on my family. Feeding us all a less processed diet with more thoughtful, homemade meals and snacks allows me to limit the amount of preservatives and other chemicals and eat a more vegetable and fresh fruit-based diet, not to mention it keeps my kids feeling fuller longer than two seconds!
Favorite Whole Foodies
My favorite food gurus, Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food, and Melissa King of My Wholefood Life have many resources that I devoured along with delicious recipes that have become family favorites. Lisa’s cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, is one of my staples for meals, too.
10 Wholefood Snacks to Feed Your Family
Recipes are linked if I use one.
- Deviled eggs – I hard boil a dozen eggs every week for snacks anyway, so it’s a quick and easy two-for-one to use some of them to make these delicious deviled eggs. I use Lisa’s recipe and add green olives because we have a serious love affair for all things olive.
- Smoothie pops – made all the more fun with these freezie pop silicone molds! I pack them in lunches, or sometimes I like to serve them as a snack with popcorn or even as a dessert. There are so many recipes to try! We love frozen cherries and peanut butter smoothies for a peanut butter and jelly taste.
- Coconut Cream Lara Bars – these bars, made with dates, are ah-mazing. Melissa makes a bunch of different flavors like apple and cherry pie, but the coconut is out of this world.
- Vegetable platter with homemade ranch dip – This dip is the best, and I’m constantly amazed how many vegetables my kids throw down their gullets when they dip it in homemade ranch.
- Peanut Butter Dip – oh yes, it’s as good as it sounds and literally takes two minutes to whip up. We eat it with pretty much anything: fruit, pretzels, rice cakes, spoons…
- Popcorn – it doesn’t get any easier than this and the kids think it’s such a treat! I buy the Trader Joe’s organic popcorn and then pop it in a brown paper lunch bag. Simple, filling, wholesome snack.
- No Bake Oatmeal Bars – a contender for the best snack on the list. These don’t last more than two days in our house.
- Banana Bread – I save all my too ripe bananas in the freezer and then whip up a double or triple batch of banana bread when the mood strikes. They get sliced and put in the freezer for snack or breakfasts. We like to put some cream cheese on a thick slice and enjoy. Mmmm
- English Muffin pizzas – whole wheat English muffins, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni – what could make a kid happier than getting off the bus and seeing these waiting for them?
- Homemade granola – a new favorite of ours. We eat this on everything! Top yogurt with it, pour milk on it like cereal, or tear off chunks and eat it like trail mix – it’s all good.
I’m always looking to add new snacks to the list, so don’t be shy sharing if you have one that you love.
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