One of the things I’ve learned in dealing with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), is that I can’t rely on spur-of-the-moment snacking decisions to keep me healthy.
Really, how many of us start feeling a bit lightheaded because we’ve skipped a meal – hey, we’re busy parents! It’s easy to get distracted by rambunctious small children and let our own need for food go by the wayside. Or maybe the kiddos actually cleaned their plate for once and the deliberately small portion we chose for ourself won’t be supplemented by our children’s leftovers.
And there we are, in the midst of our busy schedule and we need something FAST! So we make a grab for whatever is closest – or make a pit stop at a convenience store or fast food joint – and hurriedly stuff our face with junk that’s overloaded with carbs, fat, sugar, chemicals and barely any redeeming nutritional value whatsoever. The short-term sugar-high may feel good for a few minutes before you inevitably crash and burn, feeling a little ill and regret all the empty calories you ingested.
In my car, my purse, my workbag, my work area and my kitchen, I’ve got a stash of tasty healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. (Sometimes I feel a little like a squirrel hiding its stash in all these places!)
Here’s what I have in my basic Snack-Aid Kit:
- A bottle of water
- A mini-can or two of Low Sodium V8 (higher potassium than regular version)
- A packet of nuts
- Dried fruit (Currently, my fave is Funny Face Cranberries)
- Whole grain crackers
- A nutritional food bar like Clif or Larabar (no relation to me :D)
If my budget allows, I’ll even get those DIY Tuna Salad mini-kits and add that.
You can even combine the nuts and dried fruit in a tasty trail mix!
Try out this recipe for Choo Choo Cherry’s Easy Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix from the Funny Face Cranberries Recipe Page!
Besides being a change-up from same-old same-old raisins, let’s do a nutritional comparison between the two:
famous brand of raisins Funny Face Choo-Choo Cherry flavored Cranberries
There’s a heckuva lot more sugar and a lot less fiber in the raisins compared to Funny Face Cranberries! Wow! Half my daily requirement of fiber in just one serving of the cranberries! Half the sugar per serving, too! And that’s with the raisins’ serving being a miserly 1/4 cup, while Funny Face treats me nice and serves me 1/3 cup of tasty goodness! (It means I get to stuff my face with a lot less guilt :D)
Funny Face Cranberries are also a great substitute for any recipe that calls for raisins – bread pudding, muffins, oatmeal, etc.
The little snack-sized boxes are the perfect size to slip into your children’s lunchboxes, too!
And with Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a useful tip: nibble on some of your healthy snacks prior to sitting down for the Big Meal. You can still enjoy all your favorites, but it’ll be easier to keep to smaller portions if you’re not going into the meal while suffering from hunger pangs!
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*I received samples of Funny Face Cranberries from the manufacturer to facilitate this review and they have sponsored a giveaway prize for my readers. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the sponsor’s point of view.