I spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and writing about how to make the transition to local and seasonal eating. For most of us, this transition starts with trying to overhaul our meals. After some time and practice, it’s not so difficult to transition breakfast, lunch, and dinner into meals that work with what’s available locally. But what about snacking? And what about KIDS?
If you’re making the transition to a whole diet share and wondering how to make it work for your entire family, I assure you that it truly can be done. Like anything, it takes time to form new habits and rewire your thinking. The advantage of doing so is a healthier family, and more ways to use your CSA food. The following is just a starting point for using your CSA share to make nutritious and yummy snacks for your whole household. Since we don’t all have hours and hours to spend in the kitchen, the list is split into two sections - those that are fast and simple to prepare, and those that require a little more time or planning.
Quick and simple snacks:
Hard boiled eggs
Sliced raw vegetables
Veggie/meat/bread/cheese kebabs (use skewers for big kebabs and toothpicks for mini kebabs.)
Smoothies - use kefir, yogurt, or raw milk as a base. A small beet adds lovely color. Add a carrot, a small turnip, or a handful of greens for a veggie punch. Any fruit - frozen or fresh - will add sweetness. (If your kiddos need a little extra sweetening, try using a banana as the fruit, or adding a few dates, some maple syrup, or local honey).
Toast served with sliced veggies, cheeses, or meats for DIY open faced sandwiches
Yogurt with maple syrup or honey drizzled on top
Milk swirled with a little molasses or maple syrup
Snacks that take a little time:
Muffins - many vegetables can make delicious muffins, either sweet or savory! Try searching online for recipes employing beets, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, or pumpkin
Cookies - all of the veggies that make delicious muffins can also make really yummy cookies. Because most root vegetables have a higher sugar content, they lend themselves nicely to this use and require less added sweetener
Homemade vegetable and fruit leather
Gummies - that’s right...you can make your own fruit and vegetable gummies pretty easily!
- Homemade frozen yogurt/milk/kefir pops - Pour a smoothie into popsicle molds, wait a few hours, and you’re good to go!