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Is it just me, or do kids always come home from school completely ravished? Even my kindergartner is ready to stuff his face when he gets off the bus. All that learning and playing creates some hungry tummies! I try to be prepared with a good variety of healthy snacks to keep my boys fed. Of course, eating whole foods — foods that aren’t processed or refined, without additives or artificial ingredients — is the healthiest way to feed our bodies. Here are our top 10 whole food go-to snacks:
Top 10 After-School Snacks:
- Apple slices with homemade nut butter
- Dried mango slices
- Trail mix (Trader Joe’s makes some delicious varieties!)
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Roasted broccoli “trees”
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Red pepper sticks with hummus
All of these are readily available and don’t require much prep. And would you believe some of these choices are packaged foods?! Sometimes, you want healthy foods that are packaged and easy to take on the go.
Here are a couple of our recent favorite brands:
Most granola bars are packed full of sugar and additives, so this is a tricky category. But the fact is, my boys love to snack on bars, so I keep trying to find healthier options. KIND Bars are made out of simple ingredients — usually just nuts, fruit, spices, and honey, with minimal sugar. I’ve also started loving Larabars, some of which have only two ingredients (dates and nuts) and are super tasty. Both brands are available in grocery stores everywhere.
Crispy Green recently debuted Crispy Fruit, their brand of 100% natural freeze-dried fruit. Each pack contains real fruit, freeze dried into crunchy bite-size pieces that snack like a chip. The single-serve packages are perfect for lunches, after-school activities or even to bring along to work. They’re also verified by the Non-GMO Project, and they’ve got awesome selections like Asian Pear, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, and Mango. Yum! To find a retailer in your area that offers Crispy Fruit, go to their website.
My kids like raw nuts but Nonni’s THINaddictive almond thin cookies make nuts even more fun to eat. Each mini pack is 100 calories or less and made with real ingredients, including fruit and California almonds. Plus they’ve got three grams of protein, so they’ll fill you up better than other crunchy snacks. There are six delicious flavors (our favorite is Pistachio Almond, so good!), and you can visit this website to find a THINaddictive retailer near you.
For the sweet tooth
Sometimes you need to feed the old sweet tooth. If you’re going to have a treat, it might as well be organic and low-calorie, right? Sugar Bowl Bakery’s organic brownie bites are delicious. These treats are individually wrapped, bite-sized chocolate brownies that will feed any craving at only 90 calories per serving. Plus, they don’t have any preservatives, trans fat, or cholesterol.
What are your go-to after-school snacks? Any healthier options we’ve missed? Leave a note in the comments — I always need more ideas!