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Around the Home: Snacking on the go can be healthy, if you plan ahead

POSTED: April 11, 2012 12:30 a.m.

As spring kicks into high gear, calendars are filling up and time often seems to be a limited resource.

Children and adults can often face a challenge when it comes to timely meals or snacks.

However, the flurry of activities, ranging from sports-related games and practices to field trips, do offer some slices of time.

Keeping snacks or "foods on the go" with you is great way to fill in the gaps.

It’s also a great way to save money and time.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Services recommends:

• Skip soda. Chose milk, juice, or water.

• If you choose soda, avoid super-sized.

• Skip fruit pies. Bring an apple, banana, or grapes for something sweet to eat.

• Also, make sure you monitor the extras that find their way onto your foods. For example, adding butter or margarine adds fat, according to the University of Georgia Cooperative extension. Try using jelly or jam instead of margarine or butter on bagels, English muffins and toast to keep fat down.

Cooperative Extension also suggests these "fast foods" for snacks or meals:


• cereals

• bagels

• English muffins

• plain biscuit

• pancakes

• low-fat or nonfat milk or yogurt

• fresh fruit and juice

• whole grain toast

Lunch or supper:

• grilled, broiled, roasted or baked

• lean meats such as chicken, turkey, ham and beef

• low-fat or nonfat milk or yogurt

• vegetable salads with low-fat dressing

• plain baked potato

Make sure you have a cooler or insulated bag in the car for any items that need to stay cold.

For more tips and information, visit or

Food Talk offers activities

Are you coordinating summer youth camps and activities or outreach programs?

Our free Food Talk program offers fun, plus nutritional education for area students. They’ll receive recipes and ideas that they can use at home.

The program, part of the national Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, shows families how to eat healthy on a budget.

Free presentations also are available for wellness/health fairs and employee workshops and trainings.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact: 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on


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