Our weekly trips to the supermarket would not be complete without passing the chips aisle. Each family member will pick one to take home for the week. After watching Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution and how he advocates for healthier snacks for kids, I felt ashamed as a parent. I mean why would I feed my kids and my husband these oh-so-crunchy-and-oh-so-salty snacks? Although, we do not eat chips everyday, probably once or twice a week, I still feel the need to really take it off our grocery list.
Pop-corn my heart. Yes, popcorn is a healthier choice than chips. But you need to get the ones with plain, low salt or natural flavor. We usually buy the natural ones and we don’t add salt anymore. They smell and taste like the good ‘ol popcorn from the movie house and it gives you the crunchiness regular chips give.
Extra Cheese please. Slice up some cheddar cheese and arrange them alternately with plain crackers on a brightly colored plate. Again, plain crackers with no salt or low salt plus creamy cheese is a great combination for a light snack.
Bottomless Fruit Drinks. Freshly squeezed fruit juice is best. If you have the electronic juicer at home or just the plain handheld juicer, use this to prepare fresh fruit juices to the kids. If squeezing is too tedious for you, try to get the canned fruit juice in the supermarkets. They are a little more expensive that the powdered juice drink but remember healthier is always better. Dads can also make fruit shakes or smoothies at home. Get any fruit in season and shake, shake, shake!