Sunday, September 9, 2012

Healthy Back to School Snacks

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The new school year has begun! Besides raiding Staples for notebooks and pencils, parents are also thinking of what snacks to stash in Junior’s lunch box or give to him when he gets back after a long day of classes.
 
Kids need smaller portions than adults, and their snacks should not have more than 200-250 calories per serving. Here are some fun and healthy ideas that are Bon’Approved!
Fruit
As always, our strongest recommendation is to snack on fresh fruit like apples, pears, and oranges – both for kids and adults!
Veggie sticks with dip
Kids love dunking cut up veggies in yummy dips, so make a game out of snack time! Small amounts of hummus or Greek Yogurt with herbs make for delicious and nutritious alternatives to ranch dressing which often has a lot of bad fat. You can even cut the veggies into fun shapes to help younger kids entertained.

String Cheese Sticks
Although cheese can have a lot of sodium and bad fat, with help from Bon’App you can find healthy alternatives. Look for cheese made of skim milk, and opt for mozzarella instead of cheddar or other hard cheeses which often have more calories and bad fat per serving. Check out Organic Valley’s Stringles made with Part Skim Mozzarella – they are organic, low in fat, and are super fun to pull apart!

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is great for kids – lots of calcium to help them build strong bones, protein to build muscle, and enough carbs to give them energy to play and learn. The tart flavor of plain Greek yogurt can help wean kids off sugary deserts, but you can start the process by checking out FAGE’s single serving containers with clever fruit or honey side-cars. Kids will love playing with the package, and parents will love the nutritional benefits – just make sure to get the low-fat versions!


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