Healthy Swimmer Snack DIY

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jerkyI’m a bit obsessed this summer with making sure that my swimmers are well-fed and given the fact that they are hungry all the time, I am struggling.  We make every attempt in our household not to eat processed food — actually, the grown-ups do and the kids try to get away with whatever they can.  The gummies for one thing…the gummies are processed…with junk in them. I was only half-kidding about them being addictive. Even the organic stuff isn’t great. What is Carrageenan? I’ve tried making homemade fruit leather in my dehydrator but I haven’t figured it out quite yet. Messy. Not tasty. Kitchen fail. And then there are the little fishy crackers and the granola bars with goodness-knows-what holding them together and preserving their shelf-life. Don’t get me wrong, I have these in my house from time-to-time.  But I really prefer to JUST EAT REAL FOOD and to encourage the same from my kids although I have to settle a lot of the time for just educating them on what they should have eaten.

I have several websites that are go-to resources for me. Many of them are Paleo or grain-free websites although we do not follow a Paleo diet.  I tend to gravitate to those websites because their recipes are, for the most part, composed of whole foods.

Here are some snack recipes that I have found which mimic some of our swimmers favorite snacks:

Homemade Gummieswelches

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

Breakfast Bars

Granola Bars or Cereal

Breakfast Casserole BitesEnergy Bars

Smoky Beef Jerky

Chocolate Date Squares

Happy cooking, Friends!