Healthy Back To School Snack Options

The summer is ending, and for some, the kids are going back to school.  Many of us want to feed our children a healthy breakfast before school and pack a healthy lunch to eat during school. The after school snack is also important. The kids have not eaten for a few hours; they are tired from the day, and possibly getting ready for an extra-curricular activity. It is important that they continue to fuel their bodies with a healthy snack to stay energized when on the run. The key is to plan ahead and pack accordingly. Below are some great quick and easy choices:

  • Plain or flavored yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced fruit and granola.
  • Whole grain cereals or oatmeal, dry or with milk, yogurt, or raisins.
  • Trail mix or healthy granola bars and fruit bars. (Look for high fiber and no trans fats).
  • Peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich on oat bread.
  • Graham crackers with peanut butter.
  • Quesadillas (melted cheese on whole wheat tortillas).
  • Rice cakes, plain or topped with peanut butter or cheese.
  • Homemade popcorn.
  • Tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole or topped with shredded cheese and put under a broiler.
  • Mini-bagels with cream cheese and sliced cucumbers.
  • Hummus dip with pita, crackers or veggies.
  • Sliced avocados with wheat crackers.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.
  • Celery filled with cream cheese, or peanut butter.
  • Edamame in the shell, sprinkled lightly with sea salt.
  • Chickpeas or other beans, eaten with fingers or toothpicks.
  • Apple slices with cheese, peanut butter, or almond butter.
  • Fruit kabobs (cut fruit on a stick and dipped in vanilla yogurt).
  • Smoothies: combine fresh and/or frozen fruit, and yogurt & almond milk.

Source: Bistro MD, Snack Girl

 

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