I had a moment of panic right before school let out thinking “what am I going to feed these bottomless pits all summer long?” So I stocked up on some packaged foods at Trader Joe’s which travel well and are more nutritious than graham crackers and goldfish.
We’re also eating fresh fruits and vegetables. And I pulled out the juicer to make carrot, apple, pear juice which the kids are loving – the process and the juice. Maybe I will popsicilize it one day soon.
So for now, I think we are covered. Gosh we are spoiled here with an abundance of food!
I like to have these around the house. They’re the perfect snack, either alone or mixed with coconut flakes and dark chocolate chips. Inexpensive too. Sunflower seeds also make an easy, on-hand salad topping. For a quick, but interesting salad, I toss a salad with olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar, s & p, then top it with thinly sliced red onions, dried cherries and these seeds.
Kids go crazy over this stuff. It contains canola oil, which is not a favorite of mine, but I still think seaweed is a good choice because it’s scrumptious, easy, and provides a healthy dose of iodine.
Have you seen the TEDx Talk “Mind Your Mitochondria” by Dr. Terry Wahls (the woman who reversed her Multiple Sclerosis through nutrition)? It’s a must see! Iodine, abundant in seaweed, was one component of her healing. Our bodies need iodine to produce myelin which makes up the protective sheath surrounding the wiring in our brains. A smooth and healthy sheath means signals are transmitted more quickly – this translates into a clearer and happier mind. I’m not saying that seaweed is a magical happy pill, but as part of a balanced diet it supports and enhances our health while many kids’ snacks are designed to excite the taste buds, nothing more.
(If I had a thyroid issue, I’d be more concerned about iodine (and selenium) levels. Even still, we do moderate our intake of this high-iodine food by not eating it every day and taking breaks from having it in the house. Everything in moderation.)
Dried fruit is often a good source of iron and can satisfy a sweet tooth naturally. Look for no sugar or sulfites. My kids are all about this dried baby pineapple. And we have found the perfect fruit strips – they are 100% dried fruit. No juice, no additives. And good! (By the way, have you tried dried persimmons? They’re like dried mango minus the tart. I like mango better personally.)
These little tasty rice crackers are more processed, but the ingredients aren’t too bad and they are really delicious. Perfect with some cheese for a satisfying snack.
This is the newest and greatest invention in the food kingdom. 3-ingredient Dark Chocolate Honey Mints from TJ’s. Like York Peppermint Patties, but so much better in every way! The ingredients – Chocolate Liquor, Honey, Essential Oil of Peppermint. Oh my.
If you need more ideas, check out my post from last year. And I am always on the lookout myself (nothing more frightening than hungry children) so please share your own ideas!