Creating Healthy School Snacks for Kids
By Brandi Swieter
Schools often request that children bring a snack each day to provide a mid-morning energy boost. These snacks need to be nutritious and healthy so they do the job as intended. Rather than packing a simple apple or banana, parents can create healthy school snacks for their kids that will make them want to eat it.
A trail mix is a great snack for kids to take to school. It can essentially be made of anything people like, ranging from cereal to pretzels and even dried fruit. With some Wheat Chex, plain pretzels, dried mangos, almonds, and banana chips, kids will have a nutritious snack that keeps their minds sharp.
Frozen Yogurt Grapes
On those extra hot days, kids might be looking for a cool snack to keep them refreshed. If they eat them mid-morning, chances are the snack will still be cold enough to get the job done. Frozen yogurt grapes are a great option. The grapes offer vitamins and antioxidants, while the frozen yogurt contains good bacteria that keeps the body healthy. Keep them in a cool pack to ensure they stay cold enough to enjoy.
Bread isn’t all that healthy, even when choosing a whole wheat option. The better choice is eliminating bread as often as possible and using veggies to create a sandwich. Cucumber sandwiches offer plenty of nutritious and crunch. Place a small piece of cheese and meat between two cucumber slices for added calcium, protein, and vitamins.
Apples and Sunflower Butter
Peanut butter purchased from the store is not that good for you. It contains far too much sugar. Making a homemade version of peanut butter to serve with apples is the best way to offer a delicious yet healthy snack to kids. Sunflower butter is a healthy choice. Simply crush up sunflower seeds with a food processor and add olive oil, honey, and cinnamon. A bit of salt can be added to taste as well. This butter version contains plenty of protein and fiber.
Healthy eating is highly important for all ages, but is especially necessary for school-aged children trying to learn and grow. Creating healthy snacks is one of the best things parents can do to help their kids, ensuring a nutritious energy boost throughout the day so children are better focused and able to learn.
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