During the summer months, it’s easy to forgo your normal structured routine and fall into fun, spontaneous meals and activities. But now that school is back in session, it’s time to set a routine and get back on track—starting with your diet.
Aside from planning healthy foods for your main meals, it is equally as important to plan healthy snacks in-between. Especially if your kids are participating in any kind of after-school activities, they’ll need to refuel often with some nutritious foods.
Below is just a sample of the snacks that you can have around the house for your kids. The best part is that a lot of these you can make yourself and they’re all easy for you to grab on your way out the door.
Filled with protein, calcium and vitamin D, yogurt is a great snack that will provide your kids with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Add fruit and granola for a quick parfait that is delicious and nutritious.
Veggie Snack Cups
Just add a few tablespoons of ranch dressing at the bottom of a small cup and add in carrots, celery sticks, peppers or any other veggies your kids love. This is also a great, easy appetizer option for a party.
Probably one of the easiest and most delicious things you can make, hummus is rich in protein and nutrients. Whether you make it with chickpeas, black beans, white beans or edamame, this simple snack is always a hit. Simply add a few spoonfuls to a small container, grab some veggies for dipping and go.
Turkey/Ham/Bean Roll Ups
Need something a little bit heartier? Roll-ups are a perfect snack for those with bigger appetites. Top a whole-wheat tortilla with turkey and cheese, roll it all up and cut it into snackable sections. Spread hummus or pesto on top for added flavor.
No-Bake Energy Balls
Simple mix together nut butter, oats and honey. Or, blend together pitted dates, almonds and cocoa powder. Mix together until you achieve a roll-able dough, pop them in the fridge and grab a handful when you need an energy boost.
Trail Mix/Granola Mix
Whether you buy it pre-packaged or make it yourself, trail mix can be both a treat and a snack, depending on what’s in it. Add almonds for protein, dried fruit or chocolate chips for sweetness and delicious seeds like pumpkin or sunflower for a bit of salty flavor.