It’s that time of year again. You know, when life speeds up, the days get shorter and the to-do list seems to magically double over night. Between carting the kids to after school engagements and managing your own busy day, planning for snack time can fall way down on the priority list. Inevitably though, “what can I eat,” will be the first thing parents hear when their kids pop through the door. Address growling tummies without falling prey to the endless not-so-healthy convenience foods out there with these healthier options.
Pineapple Cranberry Apple Granola Bars
Granola bars can be healthy—especially when they’re made with organic, antioxidant-rich fruit and a modest amount of added sugar. Kids will love these sweet, crunchy bars. Smear with peanut butter to up the protein power.
Chocolate Dipped Candied Apricots
High in vitamin A, iron, protein and fiber, dried apricots are a naturally convenient, healthful snack. But you can make them a real treat by dipping in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Let kids sprinkle with nuts, coconut or get creative with their own favorite crunchy add-ons.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
As if they needed another selling point, in addition to being tastier than the regular russet, sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamins A and C and are a great source of fiber and protein. Make them kid friendly by slicing into wedges, sprinkling with salt and baking at 425 (turn them just once so they get nice and crisp). Yum!
Fig and goat cheese pizza
Sure, this pizza was created with adult taste buds in mind, but it easily becomes kid friendly with a few easy swaps. Instead of goat cheese, try calcium-rich mozzarella which also wins points for its fun, stretch ability. Trade out arugula for ham for ham to add protein. Slice thin and keep in the fridge for an easy heat-and-eat snack.
Grab ‘n go Fusion single serve packs
In a pinch, our new Fusion packs put healthy after-school snacks at anyone’s fingertips. Certified Organic and made with sulfur-free organic fruit, they’re perfect way to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth without overdoing it on empty calories. Keep a few packs in the car and let kids choose a favorite next time they need a little something.