Happy Labor Day!
Finding healthy snacks for your child IS a Labor of Love! Teaching them about good, nutritious food and helping them to love the right things is sometimes a challenging endeavor. And that is when you have some control over what they eat! Once in middle school (when vending machines become available) all bets are off.
Sometimes it is easier to give in to the Doritos demand instead of pushing the pomegranates. Don’t do it! Find the strength to make snacking healthy!
Schools today have more limitations than in the past such as Gluten Free or Nut Free restrictions. If you are not accustomed to eating that way, it can be a challenging to find the right foods. I have included a few fun after-school snacks as well as a few healthy options to put in the backpack!
Gluten Free Options
Clif Kid Organic Z Bars
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Blue Diamond Almonds Nut-Thins
Banana Dark Chocolate Organic Banana Brittle
Nut Free and Gluten Free Options
Cut up carrots and hummus or guacamole
String cheese with apple slices
Anna’s GF Banana/Zucchini Bread with 1.5 cups of Zucchini/choc chips added to base mix
GoGo Squeez Applesauce
After School Snacks
1 banana cut into ½ inch slices, round
Swipe of peanut butter or almond butter over top
Sprinkle with Enjoy Life mini semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
No-Bake Energy Bites
Gluten free, dairy free, makes about 18-20 bites
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter of choice
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Celery Logs with “Ants”
3 celery sticks
Cut up celery in 2-3 inch “sticks”
Carefully put peanut butter in the groove
Put a few raisins (ants) spaced out across the log
Hope you had a great holiday!