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Simple Raw Snacks

In Recipes, What on 31 July 2013 at 3:00 pm
Rewa enjoys a fruit smoothie

Rewa enjoys a mango-banana smoothie

Watch this page, as we add photos of simple snacks that can be made in a jiffy.

These snacks may require cutting or blending but generally not cooking and are easy to prepare just-in-time, often with kids’ participation, lending a special sparkle to snacktime.  They are made of whole foods, usually raw.

To prepare these snacks, the key task is to ensure that you are well-stocked with raw material.  Fruits, vegetables, puffed grains, nuts and dry fruits lend to myriad combinations, even with only 2-3 ingredients at a time.    A dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt will add zest to carrots, cucumbers or even boiled garbanzo beans.   A bit of nut butter or crushed nuts on top of banana, apple or celery makes a tasty and filling combination.   And don’t let me get started about nuts or nut butter and fresh fruit on top of toasted bread.  Enchanting!

Send your favourite simple snack ideas to askammanow@gmail.com – include a photo of the snack along with instructions, that should be brief enough to fit into the caption of the photo.

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  1. Great! Please keep posting. Some of these are so simple and even familiar.. yet when inside one of those ravenous bouts, these simple solutions elude and one tends to reach out for the packaged stock, only to feel bloated and guilty 2 seconds later. These ideas need to be refreshed.

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  2. Yes, I am hoping to receive lots of contributions and add, say, 3 new photos every week. Many of these are familiar but a visual menu like this can help us remember them at the time of need. And as readers chime in all of us can get new ideas as well.

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  4. […] the runaway popularity of simple snacks, here is a second set of simple snacks.   The first set of snacks used raw […]

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  5. […] Beyond infancy, breastmilk continues to provide custom-made antibodies to germs in the environment, and it also helps to build a child’s immune system in two major ways.  First, it allows the child to adopt foods gradually, with no target of eating a given amount of food in a certain amount of time.  Second, when a child is ill, s/he is free to breastfeed exclusively and not be burdened with digesting any food at all. This is the approach that gives a fair chance for a child to adapt to whole foods, eaten fresh with simple home preparation as opposed to industrially processed foods that are stripped of nutrients and fiber and loaded with salt, fat, sugar, and artificial flavors, preservatives and other additives that burden the body’s digestive system and trick the taste buds. Good nutrition is the basis of a functioning immune system.  Those who are chronically undernourished need to increase the quantity and quality of food they eat every day.  Those who have plenty of food also have health problems stemming from poor eating habits. Assuming that you have access to a variety fresh foods, you can look for ways to improve your diet within your budget.  Although fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are getting expensive, especially when sustainably harvested, they still come out priced lower than packaged food of comparable content. If you want to identify ways to improve your immune system, I would start by keeping a food diary for at least one week.  Write down everything you eat and drink – meals, snacks, and beverages, including glasses of water. Keeping this record should make you more aware and help you make better choices. How much raw food are you eating?  How much fermented food – rich in immune-supporting “good bacteria?”  How often are you eating packaged foods?  Look at your kitchen shelves.  How many contain raw materials, how many contain processed, ready-to-eat foods?  Are you eating at the table, with family or friends?  Or are you eating in the car, at your desk, or while watching TV or text messaging? Your lifestyle also contributes to your digestion and hence your overall health and immunity.  Note how much time you are outdoors, how much exercise you are getting, how happy you are, and how much sunshine and how much sleep you are getting.  How about your colon?  Are you getting enough fiber, and enough probiotics?  If you have taken antibiotics, either directly or indirectly (e.g. via milk from cows injected with antibiotics), you may need to try harder to boost your gut flora. Here’s a tool that can help make the record keeping a little more fun:  the USDA Food Tracker. See also:  Simple Raw Snacks […]

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  6. […] Such as:  Simple Snacks.  Simple Raw Snacks.  […]

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  7. […] are some more picked up from Simple Snacks and Simple Raw Snacks.  Please send in your favorites as well, we’ll add them […]

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  8. […] Simple Raw Snacks […]

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  9. […] If you think he is not eating because he is unwell, unhappy or otherwise having a problem then of course you should address that problem. If you think that he is hungry but not enjoying the food, I think it is reasonable to try to offer the food he likes.   Sometimes if we shift our focus from all that they are not eating to the things they are eating, we will find that there are more options than we thought.  You can also try new recipes, have more picnics or do other things that make mealtimes more fun.  Try Simple Snacks and Simple Raw Snacks. […]

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