Looking for a creative way to keep your child’s “after school snack” nutritious? Here are some great tips on adding a fun twist to keep your kids happy and healthy! Try them out as part of their bagged lunch as well!
Be-Friend the Fruits
Nothing beats a healthy snack like a fruit. Send your kids off to school each day with at least 2 fruit servings. Vary the fruits often so they get the most benefits from the variety and remember to get them to choose, thereby empowering them and their decision making skills. To substitute for artificial candy, opt for dried fruits. Dried apricots (unsulfured) make great gummy-like candy, while homemade, sun-dried strawberries provide a delicious red candy-like snack that is sweet and satisfying, yet still all natural.
Vege Out the Vegetables
Vegetable sticks or slices make easy lunch and snack ideas that add nutrient-rich foods to your child’s day. Apart from the carrot or celery sticks, get creative and bold with other vegetables. From kholorabi slices to zucchini sticks or sweet peas in their pods to fresh fava beans, vegetables offer a wide variety of choices for us, sure to please all taste buds. You can enrich the vegetable experience by making your kids a almond butter, homemade hummus or cashew sauce to dip the veggies in.