Three simple switches for better on-the-go snacks
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(NAPS)—Even though today’s mom is on-the-go, she still seeks ready-to-grab snacks that are better nutrition choices for her family. “Snacks can be quick and good for your family with a few simple switches,” says Tara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, the Diet Diva from the nationally syndicated, Daily Buzz and author of “Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition for Dummies.” Tara suggests trying these three simple switches:

#1: Switch snack chips for homemade trail mix. “You don’t have to hike to enjoy a trail mix,” remarks Tara. “By mixing your own blend, you can give your family more nutrients than a snack chip would provide.” Tara says that many families enjoy dried fruit, unsalted nuts and even a few dark chocolate bits. Tara says that, “Moms can feel good about the nutrients from the dried fruit and healthier fats found in the nuts!”

#2: Switch from pre-packaged to prepared. “Preparing healthy snacks can be just as convenient as pre-packaged ones,” notes Tara. Tara suggests chopping veggies and leaving them in grab-and-go baggies in the fridge, keeping string cheese and low fat yogurts on-hand, and preparing peanut butter and whole grain crackers to take on the road.

#3: Switch from butter to Country Crock. “To save on saturated fat, I suggest that moms cook, bake, spread and top with a soft spread,” says Tara. Country Crock has 70 percent less saturated fat than butter, no partially hydrogenated oils—so 0 grams trans fat per serving—and no cholesterol.* Tara recommends trying this recipe for On-the-Go Bars from Countrycrock.com.

On-The-Go Bars
Makes: 24 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Stand Time: 30 minutes

    1⁄3    cup Country Crock Spread
    1    bag (10 oz.) marshmallows
    1⁄2    tsp. ground cinnamon
    6    cups toasted o-shaped whole grain oat cereal
    1    bag (7 oz.) dried mixed fruit bits

Line 13 X 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, then spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In 4-quart saucepan, melt Country Crock Spread over medium heat and marshmallows and cinnamon, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted. Quickly stir in cereal and fruit. With spatula sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, evenly spread cereal mixture into prepared pan; cool 30 minutes. To serve, cut into 24 bars.
Nutrition Information per bar:

Calories 100, Calories From Fat 20, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 2g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 90mg, Total Carbohydrates 19g, Sugars 11g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 4%, Iron 15%

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