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Things to do with Kids Indoors

Stuck indoors? Good time for snack making.

Getting older kids on the healthy eating train will definitely be a lot trickier than working with little kids. Apples and pears in the shape of hearts and stars won’t work as well and dropping words like “healthy” and “good for you” will have them heading out of the house the first chance they get.

The best thing to do is to get them interested. Making samplers is good advice. Show them how fun snack bags are by making several that will adapt to their lifestyle. Provide snack bags when watching the football or basketball games, pep rally snack bags with high protein recipes, slumber party snack bags that are delicious but made out of low carb ingredients, even snack bags you can sneak in the library while doing some research! This will show how delightfully convenient they are, not to mention cheap and versatile. Older kids are still growing and having an interesting mix of food they can easily carry around will definitely catch their attention and even make them stop turning to the potato chips and sodas from the vending machine for their daily snacks.

You know they’ve finally caught on when they have adapted the snack bags to their daily routine and personal taste. They will even offer ideas for ingredients and recipes for when you make them. At this stage, they will even ask how the snack bags are made and this is the best time to introduce to them the process.

Making 100 Calorie Snack Bags

With your computer, a kitchen food scale and their chosen ingredients, go to and explain to them how the calculator works. Show them the importance of the nutrition label and how it will help them make the snack bags. Show them how you enter the name of one ingredient, the grams and calories and click on the box to calculate. Add about 2-3 ingredients per snack bag. Also adjust the number of calories according to the amount they want – 100, 200, even 300. Have them do the process again for the other ingredients. Print out the recipe or simply jot it down on scratch paper. Then measure the first ingredient with the use of the kitchen food scale. Adjust until you arrive at the right amount and place it in the snack bag. Have them repeat the process for the remaining ingredients.

They will get the hang of it pretty quickly. Offer suggestions for other places or events they can make snack bags for or refer to some of our other articles for ideas.  Recommend healthier (but just as tasty) alternatives to their snack choices that are bit high on sugar or sodium. Substitute sweets with fruits, for example, and potato chips with walnuts. Show them how snack bags are better for them than eating snack bars that often have hidden calories in fats and are many times too high in sodium and glucose for even a teenager.

You can also change it up a bit when making snack bags for kids with food sensitivities, diabete, and even kids who suddenly decide they want to be vegan. The calculator on can be used to come up with diabetic snack recipes, low gluten snack bags and creative vegan snack ideas. This way they can still enjoy homemade snack bags and you can be sure they get the full health benefits.

If you have teens, this is also the best time to lay it out straight with the health talk. Again, make sure it sounds more of like “did you know?” format than a lecture. They are at a stage where physical appearance is important to them so your best approach is to address common adolescent concerns like acne, their changing body shape, weight gain/loss, or even stress. Explain how eating right and getting enough exercise will help in dealing with these concerns. Having an adult they can talk to regarding these changes will get their attention and, most importantly, their participation in making themselves healthy.

The range of possibilities snack bags cover make it a definite hit among the older kids. The secret to snack bag adoption is variety. Next thing you know, they’ll be making you snack bags!

Events and Ingredients: Some Ideas for Teen Snack Bags

  • Baseball games – baked potato, Cracker Jacks, pineapples, strawberries, whole wheat tortillas, naan bread

The carbohydrates give high energy apt for the excitement of watching the game but are low on fat.

  • Pep rallies – apples, yogurt-covered pretzels, bran flakes, cucumbers, bananas

Again, these are low fat, high carbohydrate snacks perfect for activities that require high-energy.

  • Study groups – pita chips, almonds, salted cucumber slices, celery sticks, walnuts

These are tasty, high-protein snacks do not leave the student feeling sleepy and in fact helps in brain use and stimulation.

  • Slumber parties – popcorn, kiwis, apples, bananas

Light, low in sugar but delicious is the ideal slumber party snack bag for all-night chattering and munching.

  • Movies – popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels, carrot sticks, cantaloupe

These snack bag ingredients are the better alternative to those movie house snacks that are both greasy and expensive.

  • Picnics – grapes, cheese, beef jerky, pineapples, apples, pickles, strawberries

Enjoy the outside with snack bags made out of ingredients that are delicious and light, perfect for easy activities of picnics like walking, biking, Frisbee, fishing, etc.

  • Vegan snack bags – walnuts, almonds, carrots, bananas, tofu nuggets, watermelon, bean dip

Most vegans miss out on their daily requirement of proteins. These snack bag ingredients will make sure your kids get the protein they need.

  • Diabetic snack bags – Sun chips, popcorn, carrot sticks, dried apricots, Thin Crisps

Diabetic snack bags may need to be more than 100 calories each, depending on the child’s activity. Ingredients high in complex carbohydrates but low in sugar will help keep a normal blood sugar level without leaving them hungry.

  • Low Gluten snack bags – dried apricots, cashews, apples, almonds, rice crackers, tortilla chips.

For children with gluten sensitivity or with parents who want to keep their intake of gluten low, making snack bags with these ingredients will prevent them from buying the dishes in the food court or cafeteria which have questionable gluten content.