I think snacks are critical during the day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, and sometimes more (at least for my kids)! They help keep our energy up, control hunger and decrease cravings until our next meal. They are especially important for children, who rely on that energy during work and play and also for growing!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of snacks! It can feel like making another whole meal, and let’s just face it, three meals a day is enough! I will get fancier when we are at home and I have the time and desire, but often I need quick snacks that can be served after school, in the car, or at the pool.
Enter my Super Simple Snack Series! I will post a series of delicious, healthy, whole food, and most importantly quick and easy, snacks that you and your children will gobble up with delight. Believe me, quick and easy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you don’t turn to buying processed foods for snacks!
Chips and Salsa
I make my own salsa because it is really easy. Actually, my 8-year-old made this batch over the weekend. I served this as a snack at home, but you could easily serve it on the go with the right container. I am a big fan of having many different types of containers on hand because each has its own advantages. The biggest thing about chips is that they need to stay separated from everything else or they will get soggy. For chips and salsa, I would use the To-Go Ware System, putting the salsa in a sidekick, which fits inside the container. Using the double layered system, you could put some cut-up raw veggies in the top container, along with the sidekick of salsa, and you could put the chips in the bottom container. Or you could use the triple layered system to add in another layer of food if you needed something extra.
I use a slightly modified version of a salsa recipe from the Vitamix Whole Food Recipes book that came with our Vitamix purchase.
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- fresh juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6 ripe Roma tomatoes, quartered
Place all ingredients in high-powered blender and mix on medium speed until salsa is the consistency you prefer.
If you do not own a blender such as the Vitamix, I would highly recommend getting one. They are expensive, but well worth it when you are eating a mostly whole food diet. I have had mine for several years, and I have not replaced anything on it. I use it at least once a day, more than once most days.