FUN AFTER SCHOOL TREATS
With school almost back in session, It is time to think about what goes into those lunch boxes. Kids need healthy, fast snacks that will sustain their energy, appetite, and mood throughout their long days.
Healthy high quality snacks, that consist of powerful proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats are a great strategy for regulating blood sugar, appetite and warding off those mid-afternoon meltdowns.
The trap most parents fall into is not realizing the difference between a snack and a treat, or not being prepared enough to pack balanced snacks. A snack is merely a mini meal, meant to nourish your children.
So Plan ahead and have healthy snack choices on hand. The ice cream truck is a treat, not a snack and will not sustain or nourish your kids.
Below are some of my favorite grab and go snacks, which should give you some ideas and help you plan ahead. I would love to hear your kids' favorite snacks!
Apple or pears rings with almond, peanut, cashew, or sunflower butter/ decorate with chips or raisins
Lara bars- a great three ingredient snack bar
Cottage cheese mixed with, berries, walnuts /almonds/flax seeds
Hummus with carrot sticks/ sliced red/yellow/orange pepper
Guacamole with carrot sticks/ sliced red/yellow/orange peppers
Ricotta cheese mixed with cocoa powder, stevia, and vanilla extract topped with berries
Hardboiled eggs with carrot and celery sticks and hummus
Celery sticks with organic peanut butter or almond butter add raisins for kids
Avocado slices wrapped in nitrate-free turkey breast
A piece of sprouted grain, whole grain or pita with almond butter and bananas
Fresh sliced pineapple with a handful of pistachio nuts
A bowl of blueberries mixed with raw almonds
Cottage cheese with cinnamon, apple slices, and walnuts
Organic cheese stick and carrots