As kids head back to school this month, they’re bound to work up quite an appetite. We know at Ralph Thayer Automotive the importance of providing kids with healthy snacks for back to school. Here are our top picks for easy, good-for-you treats that kids will happily eat.
Tasty Cheese Sticks
Easy to pack and eat on the run, cheese sticks also provide kids with calcium and protein. Choose varieties made from low moisture, part skim mozzarella, as these sticks are fairly low in calories and fat.
Fresh Popped Popcorn
Providing you don’t drench it in butter, popcorn makes a healthy, low-calorie, high fiber snack. Rather than buying prepackaged popcorn or microwave varieties, save money and keep the snack low-fat by popping your own kernels. Do this by air popping in a paper bag in the microwave or pop in a small amount of oil in a pan on the stove. Sprinkle with a little salt after popping.
Mix your own Yogurt
Yogurt is a powerhouse of B vitamins and calcium, as well as protein and probiotics. Rather than serve your kids flavored yogurt that tends to also be full of sugar, mix your own by combining fresh fruit, granola and honey with plain, nonfat Greek yogurt. This type of yogurt provides twice the protein of the regular variety.
Homemade Fresh Fruit Smoothie
Rather than give in to pleas for milkshakes, mix your kids up a homemade fruit smoothie that is even tastier. For the base, use either nonfat milk, soymilk or rice milk to which you can add yummy selections such as fresh and frozen fruit. For a richer, smoother consistency, also add tofu or plain yogurt.
Celery Peanut Butter “Boats”
Peanut butter contains good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin B-6, magnesium and iron. The spread is also a favorite among kids, especially when you use it to fill celery sticks. Add “people” to the yummy boats by topping them off with raisins or a few chocolate chips. If you wish, substitute the peanut butter with another nut spread, such as almond.
At Ralph Thayer Automotive, we hope you enjoy these healthy snacks for back to school.