August is Kids Eat Right Month and also when most kids head back to school.* Help the kids in your life make healthful choices as they start back to school by seizing a snackvantage.
You see, snacks offer a great opportunity to sneak in a little more nutrition during the day. Don't fill kids' bags with empty calories or added sugars. Instead, think of the advantage snacks offer and give kids a little more from whatever food group they need most. That's a definite snackvantage.
Here are a few ideas...
- Apples with peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter if there are nut allergies at your school)
- Low-fat cheese stick and a mandarin orange
- Hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper
- Celery sticks with nut or seed butter and raisins
- Banana and 1/4 cup of roasted almonds
- Sliced carrots with yogurt dressing
- Roasted vegetables rolled in a whole wheat wrap with low-fat cream cheese
- Nonfat plain Greek yogurt and strawberries
This all works for after-school snacks too!
We'll be back later this week with another great back to school tip!
*We know this year is especially fraught, especially with COVID-19. Since there is a lot of messaging about that already and the measures taken may be different depending on where you live, we're going to focus on healthy food and exercise when we talk about going back to school.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.