Healthy Back to School Snacks

It is back to school time again.  My, how time goes by so quickly.  This is the time where a lot of our darling children will come home from a long day of school screaming,  “ Mom!” “What’s for dinner?”  or “Mom, I am hungry!”  “What do we have to eat?”  What would you do until Dinnertime?  If you do not have dinner ready now you can give them a healthy snack that will satisfy their hunger.  It is important to choose snacks that taste good and are nutritious.

Make sure that you do not give too many snacks for this might make your child become too full.  They may not be able to eat their dinner meal.  If your child is doing something active such as playing a sport, taking a dance class, biking or running around with his/her friends, it’s OK to fuel up with a bigger snack.

Make sure that you do not give too many snacks for this might make your child become too full.  They may not be able to eat their dinner meal.  If your child is doing something active such as playing a sport, taking a dance class, biking or running around with his/her friends, it’s OK to fuel up with a bigger snack.

If your child eats lunch at noon and dinner at 6:00 pm, a snack right after school–say at about 3:00 pm–is just right. They will get some fuel to do their homework or go outside and play.

You can pack a healthy snack in your child’s backpack especially if your child can’t get home in time for a snack and they participate in after-school activities. If your child participates in after-school activities and can’t get home in time for a snack, you can have them take it with them. Pack sturdy stuff that won’t get squished–such as an apple, single-serving boxes of raisins, small bags of nuts or pretzels or a box of juice.

 

Here is the list below of some healthy snacks options.  So Let Your Child Eat and Enjoy!!

 

Low-fat yogurt–try freezing those squeezable tubes

Cheese sticks

A fistful of peanuts or trail mix

Frozen fruit bars

Any fresh fruit like grapes, an apple, banana or orange–you pick!

Any dried fruit like raisins or apricots

Any veggie, especially easy-to-eat ones like cherry tomatoes, baby carrots and cut-up green peppers

Graham crackers (don’t forget the milk!)

Fortune cookies

Fig bars

Cereal bar or granola bar

Low-fat chocolate milk

Orange juice

A toasted bagel half topped with a cheese slice

Pudding

Applesauce

Whole-wheat crackers smeared with peanut butter

Pretzels

Salsa and baked tortilla chips

Hummus (chick pea dip) and pita bread

A cup of soup and a couple of crackers

Bowl of cereal–hot or cold

A nuked potato topped with catsup

Cold cooked chicken

A slice of pizza–hot or cold

 

For further nutritional information on healthy eating check out the Living Healthy Website – www.livinghealthy1.org

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