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My life before these Healthy Snack Trays was not so fun.
Lemme back here…when it comes to snacking, my kids have really got it down to a science. In the car, on the couch, at the rink, on the sidelines at soccer, on the plane – you get it. Snacks happen a lot. Without snacks between meals, my boys are not happy campers – they eat small(ish) amounts and frequently.
And I put myself into this category too – without snacks, I don’t have much of a chance to prevent the hangry from kicking in. When I’m dealing with dropping blood sugars and extreme hunger, eating a whole bag of chips before supper is not out of the question (it’s happened!)
So because of my family’s need for snacking, I’m always looking for nutritious and portable snacks the kids will actually eat.
Enter California strawberries! (#ad) One of my go-tos for snacks, all year round.
I can’t tell you how many strawberries my kids have ate since they’ve been born – they’ll easily eat a whole clamshell container or more (!) in a day if I let them.
(Sidebar: one year, I thought I’d be smart and save some money by getting a strawberry plant and just grow the yummy berries myself. I pictured us having baskets of strawberries, all summer long. Actual result: the squirrels and blue jays treated themselves to strawberries daily. Total number of strawberries we got: zero. Insert palm to forehead.)
Nutritionally speaking, strawberries are major powerhouses, and make my list of the Top 107 Foods to Reverse Your Prediabetes. You need about 8 strawberries for a “serving” and with that, you’ll get an excellent source of Vitamin C and a source of fibre.
If you’re looking for balanced blood sugar control, strawberries fit the bill nicely with a low glycemic index too.
Fun fact: 1 serving of strawberries has more Vitamin C than an orange! And at only 50 calories per serving for all that nutrition, I’m happy to eat my my way through the strawberries I buy right alongside my kids.
One our favourite ways to snack on California strawberries on the go? These “Healthy Snack Trays”.
My mom packed the boys these snack trays for our drive to Florida last year and they just stuck around.
She used containers from Home Hardware and packed them full of all their favourites.
I’ll bring snack trays on road trips, plane trips and hockey games. I love how I can pack them full of all different kinds of finger-friendly foods, making them awesome for on-the-go snacking any time.
If you want to make these yourself, here are some of the foods I usually pack in:
- Fruit – berries, cut apples (if eating right away), cut pears, mandarin orange sections
- Veggies – cooked broccoli, sliced peppers, peas, cucumber chunks, cherry tomatoes
- Whole grain bread, pita or naan cut up; whole grain crackers
- Shaved parmesan, bocconcini cheese, cheese strings
- Cookies, gummies, chocolate chips – you gotta have a little sweet in there too 😉
And even if you don’t want to go all-in and make a snack tray, try snacking on California strawberries anytime…. Mid-afternoon at work, after the gym, on-the-go, in the car on the way to the cottage for the long weekend.
Sometimes I’ll have them in the evening after supper or dipped in a little dark chocolate (my husband’s favourite.)
So the next time you’re heading to the beach or a summer roadtrip, don’t forget the California Strawberries in your snack trays!
And while you’re at it, what are some of your favourite and go-to snack ideas? Check out this fun #GetSnackingChallenge at californiastrawberries.com for a chance to win!
There’s awesome prizes every month and the contest is open to Canada (excluding QC).