Friday, August 7, 2009

Kids Healthy Snacks for School

With school around the corner I started to think about what to pack my boys for snacks and lunches this year. I thought it would be a great idea to compile a list of healthy snacks to help give other moms some good, easy options. Here is what I came up with so far:

1. Granola Bars: (Make sure to read your label) You want to get a bar that is high in fiber and protein and low in sugar. My favorite is Kashi 7-Grain but another good alternative is Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars.

2. Cheddar Bunnies: You can now get Annie's Cheddar Bunnies in individual snack packs but I think it's less expensive to buy the family size box and make my one individual baggies. They also have new flavors like sour cream and onion and whole wheat. My kids still love the original Cheddar Bunnies.

3. Apple Slices: I cut up apple slices and mix them with a little lemon juice so they don't turn. I also try to place them close to the ice-pack in their lunch boxes to keep them cold.

4. Red Grapes: One of the best snacks there is - grapes are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The more you can get them to eat - the better!
5. Kids Clif ZBars: Each bar is low fat, made with whole oats, and contains 12 essential vitamins and minerals kids need every day. What you won't find is all the junk! Lots of great flavors to choose from and I love that they are organic and high in protein.

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