Incorporating at least two healthy snacks into the kids daily meal plan is essential to ensure the daily nutritional requirements are being met. It will also help to make sure that the kids are making it through the busy day with all of the energy they need to have a fun-filled and active day!
Snacks should be chosen according to your meal plan for that day, it's important to be sure that we are meeting our daily requirements without "overdoing" it in one particular area. So, for example, if you have not met the daily requirement for protein then be sure to choose a snack item that will provide the needed protein (fresh plain yogurt).
Here are some great healthy snack ideas that are easy to prepare and easy to pack into their lunch boxes (for lunch box snacks be mindful of peanut/nut restrictions)
Banana with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Homemade Trail mix: small handful of peanuts, raisins or other dried fruit, plus a few carob covered nuts
Small container of Munchie Mix (see recipe)
2 whole-wheat crackers with 1 ounce of goats cheese and handful of grapes
Salsa with a few tortilla chips
½ multi-grain bagel topped with ¼ cup hummus and cucumber slices
1 stalk of celery with 1 tablespoon almond butter
Homemade muffin made with whole grain flour, fruit, and sweetened with honey or maple syrup
Bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal, with soy milk
½ cup plain organic yogurt with fruit
Popcorn (air popped)
1 Snack Bar (see recipe)
½ cup peanut butter (peanuts only) or other nut butter
½ cup honey
Melt together in pot on stove
Add any of the following until thick and blobby:
Unsweetened coconut Dried cranberries
Puffed cereal Raisins
Dried fruit (chopped) Oatmeal
Seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin) Nuts
Spread into buttered 9”x9” glass pan and slice into bars. Refridgerate for a couple of hours to set Enjoy!
Toss an assortment of the following raw nuts and seeds with a minimal amount of olive oil (i.e. ½ tsp.) and sea salt (optional) and spread in one layer on a baking sheet:
Almonds Brazil nuts
Chestnuts Hazel Nuts
Hickory nuts Macadamia nuts
Pecans Pine nuts
Pumpkin seeds Sunflower seeds
Bake at 250 degrees for 10-20 minutes. Cool and add in a variety of the following:
Unsweetened cranberries Raisins
Apricots (chopped) Prunes (chopped)
Good quality chocolate chips
Yummy Yogurt Pops
1 cup plain yogurt
¾ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
¾ cup cow’s milk, soy milk, or rice milk
In a blender, add all ingredients. Cover and blend at high speed until smooth. Pour into 12 popsicle molds or 6 (3oz) paper cups. Freeze until partially firm, then insert wooden stick into each pop. Freeze until firm.
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