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Kid-friendly snacks By Michelle Miller, MSACN

March 16, 2014

We work so hard to ensure our children have nutritious meals day after
day, but how about what they consume between meals? Children are sensitive
to shifts in their blood sugar. This is easily seen when kids are lively
and energetic right after lunch, but quickly get fatigued and find it
difficult to concentrate only a short time after. When children go longer
than 4 hours without food, their blood sugar and energy level start to
fluctuate.
In order to provide a steady supply of blood sugar and energy throughout
the day, it’s best to provide snacks that contain a source of protein,
fiber or unsaturated fat. A quick and tasty snack option is homemade
trail mix.
My go-to trail mix contains walnuts, dried cranberries, cashews, coconut
shavings, organic Sticks and Twigs (by Mary’s Gone Crackers), and
chocolate covered almonds.  Why not make it in the bulk at the beginning
of the week so it can be easily pre-portioned. The best thing about trail
mix is that you can combine any ingredients you have on hand. Other great
snack options include apple slices with almond or cashew butter, carrots
with individualized cups of hummus or guacamole, and homemade oatmeal or
granola bars.  Below is one of my favorite homemade bar recipes:

Choco- Coco Bars

2 cups dates, pitted and soaked
1 cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Cocoa
1/3 ground flax seed
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 raw almonds, finely ground
2 Tbsp raw honey

Grind almonds, chocolate chips, and flax first in a blender or a food
processor and set aside. Next pulse dates. Add cocoa, coconut, coconut
oil, honey, flax, almonds, and ground chocolate chips until mixed. Press
into a glass pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into squares
or bars and wrap in plastic wrap. Store in fridge.

Michelle Miller, MSACN is the Clinical Nutritionist at Physio Logic NYC.
Contact her at Michelle@PhysioLogicNYC.com or call 718-260-1000, ext. 13.
Or check out Physio Logic’s website at PhysioLogicNYC.com.

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