Okay – so you want to banish all those packaged snacks from your house? You’ll need to think of some replacements like veggie sticks with hummus and bean dips, fruit smoothies (preferably green smoothies!) and trail mix.
Try making your own trail mix. It will be cheaper and you can avoid toasted nuts and seeds (which damage the fats) that way. If you find nuts and seeds hard to digest, try soaking them overnight. You could even soak a portion of a trail mix and use it as a snack or add it to your oat or quinoa porridge.
Don’t be scared of raw nuts and seeds being fattening. Raw nuts and seeds are packed with healthy fats that will actually help you lose weight as well as power up your brain. If you eat raw nuts and seeds it is harder to overeat than with roasted ones. Dried fruits are full of concentrated vitamins and minerals. For example dried apricots are high in iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium. Dentists advise against dried fruit for children because of concerns with tooth decay. However I find that if it is included in a mix like this the nuts and seeds help prevent it from sticking. Also soaking the mix overnight can reduce this too. Surely a trail mix is better than most high sugar snacks marketed at children anyway.
Here’s a an idea of what you can add to your trail mix:
When you have mixed up your trail mix keep it in an air tight jar in the fridge.