Now that you have a list of healthy, simple breakfasts for the upcoming school year, add in some protein-packed lunch time snacks! Mid-morning fiber and protein is important in keeping your kids’ brains sharp for a new and overwhelming classroom. Being a busy mom, I know how tempting it can be to throw in the packaged, pre-made lunch fillers. However, these are oftentimes full of sugar and processed ingredients, which can leave your little ones feeling sluggish or with a sugar-rush induced headache. With these simple, easy snacks you can ensure your child is eating clean, with plenty of protein and fiber to keep their tummies tame throughout the day.
This old favorite can be doctored a bit to be healthy. Soak the classic sandwich in a tablespoon of olive oil and add a few sliced apples in the middle. If your picky child will allow it, throw in some organic chicken tenders as well to keep them satisfied. We like to use gluten-free bread.
Cliff Z Bars
The Cliff Bars are another nut-free variety, and according to some kids, taste like a brownie or Girl Scout thin mint cookie. Add these to your child’s lunch box to power them through the day.
Tricky to transport, but nothing that an ice pack and insulated lunch box cannot handle. Yogurt, ideally plain or one with lower sugar numbers, is a great school lunch or snack. The sugar rule: limit total sugar to under 40 grams per day, ideally no more than 15 grams at any meal or snack.
We all know this one—apples, carrots, celery, pears—the list of possibilities is endless. Preventing our cut fruits and vegetables from turning brown can be a challenge, so consider treating them with a little bit of lemon juice and brown sugar. There is also a product called Fruit Fresh that contains Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) powder and prevents fruit and vegetables from browning.
Organic Turkey Roll Ups
I picked turkey, but anything works in a roll up. The rules—pick one spread, one green, one meat or protein source. Roll together, cut in pinwheels or in half and you are done!
Edamame is an easy, yummy snack. Simply steam the night before, add sea salt and store. This is a favorite for kids as long as they do not have soy allergies!