August 27, 2019
When the kids are headed back to school, lunch isn’t the only thing you need to pack. Snack times are also important parts of the day because they give the kids time to relax and refuel. That said, snacks like chips or candy bars, or other sugar-laden treats are unhealthy and don’t do anything to help the kids power through the rest of the school day. Instead of buying the same snacks every week, try some of these ideas; we’ve included fun, healthy and quick grab-and-go options.
Veggies and Hummus
We all know that kids need their vegetables, but instead of sending them to school with the typical veggies and ranch dressing, you can pack hummus instead. Several different brands sell single-serve containers of hummus that can easily be placed in the kids’ lunchboxes. Perhaps the best part about this snack is that you can modify it to fit whichever vegetables the kids will eat. Carrots and celery are never bad options, but you can also use bell peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, and more.
Peanut Butter Rice Krispies
Rice Krispie treats are a classic favorite for kids, but did you know you can make them taste even better by adding a kick of peanut butter to them? Put a pot over low heat and mix ¾ cup of creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, ⅓ cup of maple syrup, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Mix this combination until it is smooth and then stir in about 3 cups of Rice Krispie cereal before pouring this evenly into an 8x8 pan and flattening it with a spatula. In a microwave-safe bowl, add a 3.5 oz. anti-oxidant-rich dark chocolate cut into pieces. Heat it in 30-second intervals until it is melted, stirring in between. You can also melt the chocolate in a separate saucepan over low heat.
Once done, pour the chocolate evenly into the 8x8 pan and chill for at least 20 minutes. These will last about a week if they are covered in the fridge. Of course, you can also substitute cashew or almond butter instead of peanut butter and use your preferred type of chocolate as well.
Easy Food Processor Banana Cookies
If you’re lacking the ingredients needed to make typical cookies but you need something for the kids to munch on, banana-coconut-chocolate cookies might be the answer. While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees, grab your food processor and mix two bananas, a cup of shredded unsweetened coconut, and a handful of chocolate chips. Shape into small discs and bake for about 25 minutes. That’s it! You can also experiment with this recipe and add dried fruits, nuts, cinnamon, and so on.
While homemade treats are definitely a win with the kids, sometimes you just need some ready-to-go options for those busy weeks. Check out these quick picks.
Spokes Air-Puffed Potato Snacks
Spokes’ air-puffed potato snacks come in nine different flavors and put a healthy twist on your usual potato chips. They are only air-fried (never oil-fried) and they are gluten, dairy, egg, and peanut free. With only about 40 calories per cup, the kids can munch on these throughout the day and avoid all of the unhealthy additives in normal crisps.
Good To Go Bars
If you haven’t heard of Good To Go bars, it’s your lucky day because these are perfect for you— and the kids. Available in four flavours (Cocoa Coconut, Vanilla Almond, Raspberry Lemon, and Cinnamon Pecan), these bars each only have two grams of sugar and three grams of carbs total. They also pack 7 grams of fiber each. These are advertised as keto-diet friendly, so if you’re following the keto diet, they’ll be a great snack for you, too.
As the name suggests, IronVegan Sprouted Protein Bars are vegan-friendly, but they can also be a great snack to put in the kids’ backpacks. Available flavors include coconut cashew cluster, double chocolate brownie, peanut chocolate chip, and sweet and salty caramel. Packing a lot of fiber and protein, these bars taste great and will give the kids energy to get through the day.
Everyone likes gummies, but most brands are packed with additives, sugars, and preservatives. SmartSweets candy, however, is a great alternative to other brands because it doesn’t include sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, so you don’t have to feel bad about feeding the kids “junk.”
These taste great and come in different varieties including fruit gummies, sour gummies, peach rings, and sweet fish.
Buying snack cakes or individual packs of potato chips for the kids’ lunch bags is way outdated. There are many healthier and whether you’re in a hurry or not, you can find a fun new treat to make or buy at your local Calgary Co-op grocery store so the kids don’t get bored with the same old snacks.
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