7 Healthy hacks for on-the-go families
Mornings can be hectic - a snoozed alarm clock, last-minute homework, dropping kids at school, a traffic jam, maybe even an unexpected tantrum, this makes planning healthy snacks the last thing on your mind. Here’s 7 sneaky snacking tips to get you and the kids snacking on healthy foods despite the morning mayhem.
#1 Dip it
You probably have the ingredients for this healthy dip already - peanut butter and plain yoghurt in a 1 to 3 ratio. Add a pinch of cinnamon if you like, then dip carrots, apples, pears or even strawberries in it. Sounds strange until you try it. Look out for our heart mark on no-sugar unsalted peanut butter.
#2 The allrounder
Hummus is another healthy dip that also doubles as a spread. As long as you keep some tahini (sesame paste, use 1 tbsp) in the fridge and a tin of chickpeas in the pantry, it’s easy to whip up in less than 5 minutes. Blend while adding lemon juice, oil, salt, garlic and spices like cumin to taste.
#3 Grab and go
Grabbing something at home before you rush off avoids buying something unhealthy at a corner store or vending machine. Think mixed nuts or seeds, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
#4 Seal it in
Invest in a few leak-proof plastic containers or resealable plastic bags to carry snacks in your work bag or their school rucksacks.
#5 Breakfast power
Adding more substance to your breakfast could mean energy until lunch time, no snacks needed. A bowl of oats is still a powerhouse breakfast, and only needs 3 minutes in the microwave. Add mainly milk rather than water, a tablespoon sunflower seeds for more protein and fat, and scatter raisins or a chopped fruit for natural sweetness.
#6 Milk it
Heading home after gym or sports practice and dinner is still hours away? Chocolate milk is the perfect post-workout drink for any age. Dissolve pure cocoa in a little hot water and fill up with cold milk so you can control how much sugar you add, or add a sweetener.
#7 Lunch money
What children can buy at school should also be healthy. Ask your school to look into the Heart and Stroke Foundation Tuckshop programme. (http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/tuckshops)