Back to School! 10 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

It’s finally that time of the year again – kids are going back to school! This means quieter afternoons but busier mornings because making sure everyone is dressed, fed and has a lunch can be quite the undertaking for the first few weeks. So here are a few quick snack ideas that should help make lunch prep just a little bit easier.

  1. Organic Carrots and Hummus – this is a stable in my house. You could even buy a large bag of baby organic carrots from the grocery store to make things even simpler. Carrots are high in Vitamin A and hummus is high in protein, fiber and Vitamin B12.
  2. Organic Kale chips –Most grocery stores carry them or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make them at home. I’ve listed a recipe on my professional Facebook page and it’s also listed below. http://ohsheglows.com/2014/03/12/6-tips-for-flawless-kale-chips-all-dressed-kale-chips-recipe/
  3. Organic apples with seed or nut butter – I’ve recently starting eating this again and can’t seem to get enough of it! Crunchy and tasty. Apples are high in fiber and contain phytonutrients which protect us from the harmful effects of free radicals. Seed or Nut butter (of course avoided by little ones with allergies) are high in protein and beneficial fat.
  4. Ants-on-a-log! – who could forget about this timeless classic! Organic celery, seed or nut butter down the center of the celery and then sprinkled with raisins. Celery is high in fiber, nut butter is high in fat and raisins are high in vitamin B, potassium and manganese.
  5. Frozen yogurt blueberry bites – place a cup of organic blueberries in a bowl, add a cup of plain yogurt, mix until all the blueberries are covered. Spread blueberries out on baking sheet and freeze for 2hrs. Tada! Delicious frozen treat. Blueberries are high in proanthocyanadins which help protect your heart and blood vessels.
  6. Seaweed snacks – these are great because they usually come in pre-packaged containers. Add one of these to your kids lunch bags as they are high in folate, magnesium, calcium and iodine.
  7. Edamame beans – (only suitable for older kids as they could be a chocking hazard for the little ones) You can steam them the night before and add a little salt and then straight into a container in the fridge for the next morning. They are high in protein and fiber.
  8. Mini-smoothies – blend your child’s favourite fruit (strawberries, mango, blueberries, peaches…etc.) with some water or coconut water. And if you’re feeling adventurous you can add spinach in too for added nutrients. Spinach is high in folate and iron.
  9. Mixed nuts – you can buy almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews in separate larger bags and then just blend all 4 together to create your own mix. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, almonds are high in magnesium, walnuts are high in vitamin E and cashews are high in vitamin K.
  10. Organic strawberry and avocado salsa – chop up strawberries and avocado, blend in a bowl and add a squeeze of lime juice. This can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and avocados are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

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