Monday, August 16, 2010

Healthy Kids Snacks for School

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

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 own 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 brown. 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. Lots of great flavors to choose from and I love that they are organic and high in protein.

6.Reduced Calorie Cheese Sticks: Loaded with protein and calcium they are a great choice for healthy snacking.

So keep your kids loaded up with healthy snacks to help keep them going through out the day.