Back to School Snacks

With the new school year starting, it is a good time to make sure you have healthy snacks on hand for your kids to grab after school. Having a snack after school can help your child focus and re-energize to play outside or work on homework. Kids typically turn to unhealthy snacks such as chips, candy, cookies, or soda that only provide empty calories and deprive them of the vitamins and minerals their growing bodies need. As a parent, try to keep snacks healthy and think of a snack as a mini-meal.

Incorporating all of the food groups assures that the snack your child is having is providing them with the nutrients they need. Snacking is also a good opportunity to sneak in extra vegetables or to have new foods that your kids wouldn’t normally eat. Remember to try and prepare snacks ahead of time so they are ready when your kids are hungry. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables ready to go by cleaning and storing them ready to eat. You could also have a fresh fruit bowl on the counter or portioned out bags of nuts that are ready to grab and go quickly.

Try one of the quick and easy snack recipes below to keep on hand for your kids’ after school snack!

Nuts & Bolts Trail Mix
½ c mixed nuts
2 c pretzel sticks
2 ½ c multigrain cheerios
½ c craisins
½ c raisins
Directions: Mix all ingredients into a bowl.

Mini Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
String cheese or block cheese
Directions: Cut string cheese into small cubes or cut block cheese into cubes. Slice strawberries in quarters. Slice cantaloupe into small cubes. Thread cheese, grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe onto toothpicks.

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