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5 Easy & Healthy Snacks to Send Your Kids to School With


While meals make up the majority of a child's nutritional intake, most children eat at least one snack per day. While many of the most commonly offered kids’ snacks tend to be of lower nutritional value than meals, snacks still can support or even enhance your child's overall healthy eating plan.


Use snack times as a way to increase fruits and vegetable intake. Most kids do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Snack times offer a great opportunity to increase access and exposure to these nutrient-dense foods. Consider pairing them up; grapes and nuts or seeds, celery sticks and Sunbutter, or a banana sandwich on whole grain bread.


Keep a range of healthy foods handy at home. It is much easier to make easy, healthy snacks when you keep a few key items stocked at home. Ideas include different types of raw vegetables (carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli florets) and fruit, guacamole, hummus and Sunbutter.


Teach your children to eat a rainbow of colors. Arrange your children's foods to show the beauty of fresh, brightly colored foods. Talk about the farms where food comes from and the farmers who help grow it.




Five Easy and Tasty Snacks to Send Your Kids Back to School With


1. Ants on a Log


This is a fun snack that your kids can make with you. Three ingredients of celery, Sunbutter, and raisins.


Servings: 2

Ingredients

2 tablespoon Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds)

2 celery stick

12 raisins


Spread 1 tablespoon of Sunbutter on each celery stalk place six raisins on each stalk and cut in half.


* While peanut butter is commonly used, most schools have a no tree nut policy.



2. Kale Chips


Kale chips are a much healthier option than potato chips but don’t think you can do a blindfold test with your kids and they won’t be able to tell a difference. There is a difference. But it’s a difference your kids can come to love. Kale chips are both crispy yet melt in the mouth, and you and your kids may be surprised when you hit the bottom of the snack bowl faster than you thought possible!



Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 bunch kale, about 5 cups, 8-10 oz

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon salt


Instructions

Prep: Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Wash and dry kale. Cut the leaves from the spine, then roughly tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Flavor: Mix oil and lemon juice and be sure to coat each kale leaf. Sprinkle with salt and toss.

Cook: Lay kale leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet, uncurling the leaves as much as possible while keeping them from overlapping too much (you may need two baking sheets). Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, keeping a close eye on them after 8 minutes. They’re done when crispy but not brown (will become crispier as they cool).

You can use an air fryer or dehydrator to make also. Follow unit instructions

Store kale chips in a paper bag, or in a glass container. They keep well at room temperature for up to a week (if they last that long). If they lose their crunch, place them back in the oven for just a few minutes.



3. Sunbutter Crackers


This is another popular and easy snack that your kids can make with you. While peanut butter can be used, most schools have a no tree nut policy.


Serving: 2

4 crackers (of choice)

2 tablespoons of Sunbutter


Spread a half tablespoon on each cracker and enjoy!


* While peanut butter is commonly used, most schools have a no tree nut policy.



4. HappyKID Blueberry & Raspberry Bar


This gluten-free bar has no added sugar or preservatives. Whole grain oats, milled flaxseed, and organic blueberries and raspberries combine for a satisfying snack that helps keep your kid’s engine running.


5. BEAR Strawberry Fruit Roll


A healthy snack made of delicious strawberries. 100% natural, no added sugar & gently made to preserve all fibers and vitamins.





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