Two months into school and I am already struggling for healthy snack ideas. It is especially difficult when my son comes home begging for Oreo cookies or chocolate pudding like some of the kids in his class. You are the parent, so don’t give in!
Snack time should include foods that will better support brain function, the immune system, and help stabilize blood sugar levels. If you do this, you will avoid giving your child the many preservatives, food dyes and refined sugar found in many packaged snacks for kids.
Snacks help provide your child with energy needed to support attention, focus and concentration between meals. If given some thought, they can also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and and provide your child with added nutrients throughout the day to support health and well being.
(Please check with your school to see if nut butters are allowed; if not, any nut butter alternative can be substituted.)
1. Stuffed dates: Remove the pit from a date and carefully fill the inside with almond butter.
2. Banana boats: Slice a bananas lengthwise, spread pumpkin seed butter on top and sprinkle with hemp and chia seeds (my kids love this!).
3. Apple sandwiches: Thinly slice an apple, spread almond butter on one slice, sprinkle with hemp and chia seeds and add another slice on top.
4. Fruit kabobs: Grab some fruit – berries, cantaloupe, apples, pineapple, kiwi, pears, grapes, etc., chop into cubes (if necessary), and thread onto a kabob stick.
5. Carrot spread and pita: A mom in my son’s class gave me this recipe and it’s a hit. Added bonus of sneaking in some veggies.
Carrot Spread Recipe
- 2 lb bag of carrots, washed and chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp tahini
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ginger
In a large pot with a steaming basket, steam the carrots until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Put all ingredients in a food processor with cooked carrots and blend until smooth. Tastes great served on rice crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers.