With kids back in school, you might be relying on standby snacks from the past. No worries! We’ve got some great ideas for adding new and nutritious snacks to your arsenal.
Increase your family’s veggie intake by pairing raw veggies with dip for a snack. For example, your child may reject celery alone, but if you tempt them with a light ranch dressing, hummus or salsa, that celery could become a lot more appealing! Also consider livening up crisp vegetables by sprinkling them with kosher salt or sea salt, or drizzling them with fresh lime juice and cayenne pepper or paprika.
Making your own snack mixes is also a great way to introduce smart snack choices to kids. While at the market, check out bulk bins to see what dried fruits, vegetables, mini-crackers, pretzels and nuts are available (be cautious about nuts if you’re sending snacks to an after-school activity.) Have your child choose several they want to try combining. You’ll only need about ¼ cup of mix per day for a good kid-sized snack, so buy accordingly. Some ideas are:
- Dried cranberries, walnuts and yogurt-covered raisins
- Pretzel sticks, dried pineapple and flaked (unsweetened) coconut
- Wasabi peas, sunflower seeds and golden raisins
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