September is the month when most students return to school (if they haven’t already done so back in late August). That makes it a great time to rethink snacking and help the kids in your life make healthful choices for better concentration and optimal energy throughout the day.
Snacks offer a great opportunity to bridge the gap between meals as well as add in a little more nutrition during the day. However, it’s important to be mindful not to fill kids’ snack bags with empty calories or added sugars. Instead, think of the nutritious advantage healthy school snacks can offer and give kids a little more from whatever food group they need most. That’s a definite snackvantage.
Here are a few ideas…
- Apples with peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter if there are nut allergies at your school)
- Low-fat cheese stick and a mandarin orange
- Hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper
- Celery sticks with nut or seed butter and raisins
- Banana and roasted almonds or pumpkin seeds
- Sliced carrots with yogurt dressing or hummus for dipping
- Roasted vegetables rolled in a whole wheat wrap with low-fat cream cheese
- Nonfat plain Greek yogurt and strawberries
These are ideal for after-school snacks too!
(Shared with permission: www.healthandfood.com)
Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS, RD
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