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Healthy After School Snack – National Healthy Snack Month

There is no better month for National Healthy Snack Month than March.  It’s spring, the New Year’s resolutions haven’t faded yet and we are thinking new beginnings, better health and more active lifestyles. 

We hope to bring you a post each day of healthy snacks that you can eat “on the go” that will give you to fuel your body needs for the more active and FUN lifestyle you are imagining!

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Pin National Healthy Snack Month and Check Back Daily for Healthy Snack Ideas

Now here is a little tidbit you didn’t know about National Healthy Snack Month.  We have been writing a lot about the various national food holidays.  More often than not we find the origin of the holiday is unknown.  This time we know exactly where it started. It started right here on Totally-Food!

We started it to fill a void.  As I was looking over the various food holidays that we have posted so far I see corn chips, cherry pie, cream filled brownies, butter crunch candy and lots of them created to push the sales of some corporate interest.  I thought it would make more sense to celebrate a food holiday that was actually good for your health.  Like swapping out the donuts for something a little healthier, like an apple, or some almonds, something that would be easy and give you sustained energy for the mid-day snack.

I searched for healthy snack day and every conceivable variation of that and there isn’t one!  Well there is now.

This may be more important for our children than for ourselves.  According to The Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.  The reason this is even more important for our children is the part about establishing lifelong good eating habits.

Let’s face it.  Even though schools claim to be getting in on the healthy food and snacks bandwagons, we still find colas and other soft drinks loaded with aspartame or sugar an loads of preservatives alongside candy bars in school vending machines.  And the “healthiest” of the foods provided there have often had their natural nutrients swapped out for synthetic substitutes.

None of what I’m saying here about the children is just for kids.  It applies even more so to us. This is one of the easiest things we can do to improve our health and well being and keep ourselves out of the doctors office.  Completely natural foods are actually the most convenient of all snack foods.  It takes less time to rinse an apple than to unwrap a candy bar!

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How much better would you feel if you swapped out the donuts for the healthy snack above?

How do you celebrate National Healthy Snack Month?  It’s simple.  Just make a vow to swap out the candy bars, donuts, pastries and colas for a healthier alternative each day in March.  I’m betting you will keep doing it from that point on.  Stop back here often and click on our National Healthy Snack Month link if you need some fresh ideas of what to put in your snack-on-the-go-bag.

We are making this announcement now on February 15th to start raising awareness for National Healthy Snack Month and beginning March 1st we will post a healthy snack idea each day for the month.  It’s our hope that other food bloggers will join in (we all love to blog about healthy foods, don’t we?) and make National Healthy Snack Month a movement that will help change our eating habits and the health of mankind for the better!  Don’t forget to tell people you heard it here first, and check back each day for the next healthy snack idea.

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Oh, and post a comment on what your favorite healthy snack is!