In order for schools to accommodate a growing student population, many children are eating lunch as early as mid morning. It is no wonder they arrive home famished after a long school day. Couple that with a skipped breakfast and you have a child who is likely to grab the first thing available to stem their gnawing hunger. Vida180 understand the challenges parents face when trying to provide children with healthy snacks. Having kid friendly snacks at the ready will prevent the grab and go of unhealthy items. These snack are sure to please even the most finicky eater!
- String cheese- A great source of protein and calcium all tucked into a convenient package. Part-skim mozzarella sticks can be packed in lunch boxes or kept within easy reach on the refrigerator. Pair with a small fruit for a well rounded and delicious treat.
- Fresh fruit and yogurt dip- Have fruit that is washed, peeled and chopped having at the ready for children to grab and go. Make a quick yogurt dip by mixing plain low fat yogurt with all fruit preserves.
- Vegetables and dip- Cut up vegetables and place in front of refrigerator to increase visibility. Placing healthy snacks front and center will increase the likelihood of a making a healthy choice. Pair with salsa, low fat dressing or a dip made from yogurt.
- Waffles – Waffles are not only for breakfast. Opt for whole grain waffles such as Vans or Kashi. Top with a tablespoon of peanut butter and serve with a glass of low fat milk.
- Yogurt sundae- Top plain low fat plain or vanilla yogurt with thawed unsweetened fruit. Top with 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped nuts.
- Apple or celery with peanut butter- Old favorites for a good reason! Spread celery or apple with peanut butter for a tasty treat.
- English muffin pizza – Top each side of a whole wheat English muffin with a teaspoon of tomato sauce and a Tablespoon of part-skim mozzarella. Place under broiler for 4- 5 min or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Add chopped vegetables for added variety.
- Salad wraps- Spread tuna, egg or chicken salad on a whole wheat wrap. Roll and enjoy.
- Popcorn – High in fiber and low fat.
- 100% fruit ice pops – Purchase popsicles that are 100% fruit in place of frozen treats that are mainly sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
- Cereal, Raisin and nut mix – Make a homemade trail mix with whole grain cereal, assorted chopped nuts and raisins.
- Cereal and milk – Pour a small bowl of low sugar, whole grain cereal; top with low fat milk.
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