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Healthy Snacks

Grazing is natural, kids have small stomachs and they usually need a snack in the morning and afternoon. Sending your child to school with the right kind of snack will help him stay satiated until lunch, stabilize blood sugar, and help him stay focused in the classroom.  The best kind of snacks have complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and the right kinds of fats.   

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Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Apple slices with peanut butter (can also sprinkle with granola and a few dark chocolate chips)

  • Whole grain cereal with yogurt (low sugar and no artificial colors/flavors

  • String cheese and piece of fruit

  • Nuts or trail mix

  • Rice cake with peanut butter and banana

  • Popcorn air-popped

  • Fruit in a low sugar Greek yogurt

  • Hard boiled egg

  • Any fruit

  • Cut-up veggies with hummus or salsa and corn chips

  • Cottage cheese with fruit

  • Whole grain/homemade muffin

  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie

  • Whole grain crackers with cheese (Simple Mill is a great brand)

  • Whole grain healthy cookies

  • Whole grain tortilla with peanut butter

  • Healthy fiber filled, low sugar, no high fructose corn syrup granola bar (make your own, their super easy.)

Green and yellow light foods make the best snacks.  Be cautious of prepackaged snacks that contain a lot of sugar, white flour, sodium, and additives.  Read the label and remember that something labeled "all natural" or "organic" doesn't mean its healthy. Look for 100% WHOLE Wheat or grain, not wheat flour.   Don't be fooled by "Enriched Wheat Flour," it's white flour that has been stripped of all its natural ingredients.  Treats like fruit snacks and goldfish crackers are fun, but unfortunately they lack nutritional value and they don't keep the body satisfied for long. Please be mindful when sending treats into your child's classroom.  A sugary cupcake might be okay for your son or daughter, but the student they sit next to might have a sugar spike that affects behavior, which can make it difficult to learn and teach.   

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