Co-written by: Christina Chu, CPT, a Boston University Dietetics Student.
When three-ring binders and colorful pens appear, you know that the new school year is right around the corner. Going back to school comes with homework and sometimes long bus rides, but it also carries with it fun after-school activities and sports. It is important to keep kids healthy and especially during the school year. Below are some on-the-go snacks that will help your family ease back in to the back-to-school routine:
Though many popular granola bars are high in sugar, there are some that are made with wholesome ingredients. 88 Acres (a local Massachusetts’ company) has allergy-friendly bars that taste delicious. Kind Bars are another great option. Leave a couple in your car or bag for an emergency food supply!
Not only are they sweet, but they have a high water content to keep kids hydrated! Some naturally portable fruits include clementines, bananas, and apples, but don’t shy away from fruits like grapes, berries, or pineapple, which you can portion out in reusable containers ahead of time.
High in protein and calcium, these convenient snacks are a must-have in your fridge.
If allergies are not a concern, this handy snack is one to please. Nuts and/or seeds can be eaten on their own or paired with dried fruit to make a trail mix. I like Trader Joe’s Omega trek mix. If nut butter is preferred, scoop it into a reusable container beforehand and bring as a dip for fruits or whole wheat crackers. Kalot Superfood Nut Butters are a new favorite of mine! Be sure to check if your classroom or lunchroom must be peanut-free.
If your child has munchies for chips or other salty crunchy snacks, try Biena Snacks, which is gluten-free, non-GMO, and high in protein and fiber. Fiber is important in reducing constipation and heart disease.
Not the butter-loaded, movie theatre popcorn, but rather naturally popped popcorn. It is easy to pop your own popcorn and add your own touch of seasoning to it. But if you are in a rush, try Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn for a healthy snack made with simple ingredients. I like the Sea Salt and the Lightly Sweet popcorn.
- Keep kids full during busy school schedules, especially with after school activities.
- Involve your kids in snack planning. Guide them in picking healthy options.
- Choosing portable, wholesome, and filling snacks is essential in keeping your day running smoothly and your kids (and ultimately you) happy!