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Healthy Snacks for School


Healthy and delicious snacks packed for school.

Before you prepare your child’s snacks for school, ask yourself first what’s in the food you’ve chosen.  Is it healthy? Is it full of nutrients or is it loaded with sugar and empty calories?  Snack time is an important part of your child’s day at school.  It is usually scheduled in the morning, a few hours after the kids have had their breakfast and have used up some energy in doing some school work such as writing, reading and playing in between. Snack time is the main source of energy for the rest of the morning for the school kids.

It is important that the snacks parents pack for school are healthy and delicious at the same time. Snacks that are great sources of vitamins and minerals are more appropriate for your growing kids. Healthy snacks for school aged children are essential in their growth and development.   It is also a great way for parents to teach their children about healthy eating habits.

Here are some examples of healthy snacks for school:

  1. Whole grain products like brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, pasta or crackers.
  2. Fruits and vegetable are the most convenient and easy to prepare, you can serve it whole, cut in half, in wedges or any size you want.
  3. Low Fat Dairy Foods like yogurt, cheese and low fat milk is also beneficial in providing healthy diet for your children.
  4. For beverages, other than water you can make juice out of fresh fruits and vegetables.

However, there are unhealthy snacks which can easily be bought at school like junk foods, instant snacks and sodas which are rich in fat, sugar and fat content. These are foods are poor in nutritional value but very popular to children at school. School food services often sell unhealthy snacks to generate more income for the institution, but steps should be made in order to serve healthy snacks in school vicinities.

Use your Creativity

When preparing healthy snacks for your school kids, it is always essential to know what they like to eat and always add some creativity in doing it. Children are very curious and love new things, crafting different shapes of sandwich or even fruits and vegetables will increase their appetite significantly. If you don’t want your prepared food to end up in the trashcan, you can follow these tips and surely, you will outsmart your children to eat healthy snacks even at school.

Aside from making the same square sandwich every day, you can make it more appealing by removing the sides, cutting a triangle out of it, and making a descent looking sandwich. You can even try making a wrap out of a simple sandwich, or cut it in a shape with a cookie cutter, and you can have the removed portion as a prize for making a nicely crafted healthy school sandwich. You can also try other types of bread to make more interesting sandwiches, and pita is not an exception. Presentation always plays a good deal in making your food more appealing, especially for kids.

Experiment with Kids

Having your children involved during snack preparation will give them the excitement to prepare their food and eventually eat their food during their break. Take advantage of their curiosity and playfulness. You can have them choose what healthy snacks they want for the next day. Suggest a healthy snack, and then let them pick the ingredients. Have them involved both in the grocery and in the kitchen but with full supervision. Let them play with bread knife, cookie cutter in turning their sandwich into whatever shape they want.

Try Variety

Give your child a lot of options, you can include variety of fruits and vegetables, small breads, and a drink, preferably milk.

Here is a sample recipe of healthy snacks for school:

Healthy Fruit Kebabs with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whipping cream
4 ounces finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
Vanilla Yogurt Dipping Sauce
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 vanilla bean

Procedure:

Thread 6-8 skewers with a variety of your favorite seasonal fresh fruit. You may use Strawberries, Green Grapes, Pineapple, Melon, Orange or Clementine Segments, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Bananas. For an additional treat, you could also include marshmallows or cubed pound cake.

Heat the cream in a saucepan set on low until just steaming. Stir in chocolate and continue to heat gently until it melts, about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth and transfer to a small tightly sealed container then pack with fruit skewers.

With the help of www.100caloriebags.com , you can use any basic ingredient in making healthy snacks that kids love. You can create your own meal that is healthier than the pre-packaged ones that you can buy in grocery stores.

For quick healthy snacks that your kids will love to take along with them to school, you may try following these simple ideas:

  • Light popcorn. Try using light unsalted butter for popping those popcorns. Put a pinch of salt then pack it along with your kid’s lunch.
  • Trail Mix. It is easy to make because there are so many different combinations of ingredients that can be included in it.  Try mixing nuts, raisins, cereals, dried fruit and crackers.
  • Fruit juice. You can make it from scratch to make sure it is 100 percent fruit, with no added sugar.
  • Fruit shakes. Blend together a banana, a splash of fruit juice, and a handful of berries in your blender, and you’ve got a nutritious shake. You may choose to add yogurt for more protein and calcium.

Here is an example on how you could create your healthy snacks for school 100 calorie bags calculator.

Step 1: Enter Ingredients

Enter the name of the first ingredient and select from the list of displayed suggestions or manually enter the grams and calories.

Example: type in strawberries, pineapple, peanuts

Step 2: Calculate Recipe

Calculate and see how many grams of each ingredient you need to build a target calorie of say, 200.

Example: strawberries:  152 grams
Pineapples:   155 grams
Grapes:       92 grams

These 3 make a 200 calorie healthy school snacks.

Step 3. Build Your Healthy Snacks for School

Make sure you use a kitchen scale to measure out the grams of each ingredient.