It's back to school time! Which means... time for packing lunches, and having after school snacks ready to go! Many of which you need to be easy, and on-the-go, without having to go through the drive thru all the time! So I've got a great list to help you out!
First though, check out this morning news segment where I show you my favorite homemade and store bought Sugar Free Snacks for kids...and moms!
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Need a go-to list, here's mine for homemade snacks, and store bought ones!
- Apple Sandwiches
- Kid Kabobs (see video above for expanation)
- Protein Bites*
- Frozen Smoothies in Silicone Molds (put in the lunchbox frozen, and by lunch it's a smoothie pop)
- Homemade Lunchables
- Homemade Granola*
- Oatmeal Pies*
- Stove Popped Popcorn (cook a big batch ahead of time, and bag it up for the week) (Season with salt, powdered cheese, cinnamon)
- Boiled Eggs
- Pizza Quesadillas
- Slice of Chocolate Zucchini Bread*
- Daily Sunshine Kids Smoothie
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bites
- Turkey-Avocado Roll-up
- Pin Wheels
- Homemade Trail Mix (pretzels, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, banana chips, raisins, sugar free chocolate chips)
- Mixed Nuts
- PB Oatmeal Raisin Cookies*
- Raw Veggies with a Dip
- Celery with a seed butter or nut butter
- Blueberry Muffins*
*You can find these recipes in the Simply Sugar Free Cookbook
Store Bought Snacks
- Wella Bars
- Justin's Combo Pack (plain almond butter)
- Justin's Individual Almond Butters (enjoy these with an apple)
- Organic Fruit Leathers
- Sweet Potato Chips
- Hummus & Pretzels
- Mini Sweet Bell Peppers
- Unsweetened Banana Chips & Raisins
- Chips & the single serve guac packs
- Lily's Brand Chocolate Bars
- Dried Pineapple
- Beef Jerkey
- String cheese
START THE CONVERSATION
A mom friend tagged me on Facebook today sharing that her daughter asked what it means to "Fuel Your Body," which is a phrase I use often, and used several times in my news segment. I want to encourage you mamas... use that phrase to help to educate your children on the benefits of good food. It's so important for us as parents to talk to our children about good and bad foods. To talk to them about a healthy balance. To show them how to pick healthy foods, and WHY we choose healthy foods.
Not sure how to talk to your kids about this without being an extremist, here are a few kid friendly ways I do it.
- First and foremost...SET THE EXAMPLE! They do what you do! And like I always say...EXPOSURE EQUALS PREFERENCE!
- Talk to them about foods that God gave us! Think whole foods, that are natural and good for us. Discuss having a balance, and leaning towards more God foods...veggies, nuts, fruits, meats, etc. and then keeping a smaller amount of Man foods available! Demonstrate this in your own food choices as well.
- Give your children a VISION of why we should care about eating healthy or "fueling our body," and why we should care about exercise. I always tell my kids..."We love to exercise because God gave us this body, and we want to take care of it so that we can live our happiest, fullest life living for God." (even though my kids don't fully grasp this meaning yet, I consistently repeat it to them, and one day they will understand)
You got this mamas! Remember, even small changes go a long way! Don't feel overwhelmed! And PLEASE, reach out if you need help or have questions!
All the mom love, XOXO