for me, the first step toward healthier shopping and eating was to recognize a set of 'safe' snacks. 'safe' meaning things..
1. that i can afford
2. that we love
3. that i feel good about putting in our bodies.
obviously, this will mean different foods for all of us, as the definition of 'healthy' is open for interpretation. at my house, we like to focus on foods that are less-processed, more natural, and nutirent-rich. whatever it means for you, learn to embrace the 'better' options. have fun trying different fruits and vegetables, visiting the farmers' market, and picking out new things to stock your shelves. practice makes perfect, even when it comes to healthy eating. i'm telling you, reading labels at the grocery store has become a favorite hobby of mine.
here are some of the snacks|meals that i love..
eggs (i could eat them everyday)
homemade granola bars
fresh strawberry banana smoothies (ice-based, not ice cream)
apples and peanut butter
watermelon, peaches, plums, cherries, strawberries.. all this good summer fruit!
grilled cheese on homemade bread
plain yogurt with honey and fruit
egg sandwiches on whole wheat
hummus with veggies, crackers, or bread
almonds, cashews, pistachios, peanuts
homemade salsa on chips or salads
peanut butter toast (with honey or homemade jam)
whole wheat pasta with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan
cheese and crackers (some kind of wholesome cracker would be nice)
pb and crackers
roasted broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes... etc.
real organic fruit strips (the archer farms brand from target)
fresh fruit salads
oatmeal pancakes with real maple syrup
peanut butter and banana sandwiches (or toast)
can you tell we love peanut butter? this is our favorite kind right now. just peanuts and salt! oh, and i want you to know, this is all on a whenever-i-can basis. we don't eat like this all the time, and i don't feel too bad eating homemade desserts now and then either. cookies are my weakness. in a nutshell, i just want to make good choices, eat real food, and love the food i eat. i'm sure you're all with me on this.
ps. thanks for having me over, marta!