Its back to school time and with that parents often wonder "what do I feed my kids that is tasty, easy and helps with brain/body development". Being solely responsible for your child’s diet is a huge responsibility.
Feeding children tasty healthy snacks is a great way of leading them toward a healthy future. Studies show that the right breakfast alone helps kids with early morning tests! But what to feed them for “after school snacks " can “be challenging, yet is so important to keep up their energy from lunch to dinner while doing sports, music lessons or homework.
Nutrition Tip: Pairing protein and carbohydrate will help the snack to keep you fullest for the longest. Here are 10 easy examples provided below:
• Yogurt is an excellent snack for kids because it's a good source of protein and calcium. (yogurts made with almond or soy milk for those kids that have a dairy allergy).
• Celery with peanut butter and raisins. ...
• Home made protein peanut butter balls (see recipe )
• Sliced pears with ricotta cheese. ...
• Cottage cheese and pita chips . ...
• Granola with milk, Add walnuts, cinnamon, cut- up -apples, vanilla, delicious!
• Apple and string cheese
• Whole wheat crackers and red pepper hummus
• Carrots and veggie dip
• Trail mix (nuts, crackers, fruit combo).
As an added bonus, here's a super easy recipe!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Chip Oatmeal Bites
• 1 cup old fashioned oats
• ½ cup crunchy peanut butter (can use crunchy almond butter)
• ⅓ cup honey
• ½ cup flaxseed, ground
• 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
• Teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ cup raisins OR ½ cup DARK CHOCOLATE chips (can you do both? yes!)
1. Mix peanut butter, honey and oats together.
2. Add vanilla extract, flaxseed and raisins (or chocolate chips). Mix until combined.
3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until chilled. Form dough into about 1 inch balls.
4. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
5. You can freeze these for two months. Thaw in fridge.
Recipe provided by registered /licensed dietitian and certified chef, Joanne Keaveney