Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snack time

So many people in the Natural Alternatives for Kids Teeth group have a hard time with snacking. Many go to snacks at age two are things like goldfish, or the better alternative, Annie's bunnies. I admit, we ate a LOT of these! Especially summer time when we frequented the park/pool. It can be hard to stay away from excess sugar and gluten regarding snacks. The good news is that when you start a paleo lifestyle, very high is essential fats, you will stay full and the snacking will slowly disappear. 

There is this one time of day for us where C wants something in her tummy right before a nap and nursing isn't cutting it anymore. She isn't hungry enough for a full blown lunch so I've been trying to figure out a good alternative. Here's a few suggestions for those of you looking for a snack time fill. 

KALE CHIPS - my #1. Not only is kale absolutely amazing for you, it is fast and easy to peel off some leaves, toss in lard, butter or coconut oil, sprinkle with sea salt & toss in the oven for 8 minutes or so. 

CHEESE BLOCKS - we currently buy Organic Valley raw sharp cheddar because that's all we have available this time of year. I just cut a few squares and put it as a side with some Granny Smith apples or blueberries. Those are the fruits lowest in sugar content and, paired with some good quality cheese, make a great snack!

SWEET POTATO CHIPS - another easy alternative and absolutely delicious! A good sweet potato takes about an hour to cook in the oven and is gone within seconds for my little. So I've been peeling and slicing into chip like pieces and sauté them in coconut oil and sea salt. It's almost like a dessert for us, the perfect blend of sweet and salty. (You can do this with carrots too)

BROTH - right before dinner if C is getting antsy it is so easy and convenient to heat up a little broth for her. She will slurp it up and it keeps her content while I finish. I add Great Lakes gelatin and sea salt to enhance its healing properties. It's perfect for any time of day.

What healthy gluten free snacks do you frequent in your home? 

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