It’s that time of year again when kids go back to school and the challenge of what do you put in their lunch box comes up! For the younger kids they may not be allowed to have any foods with peanuts or other ingredients due to allergies in their classrooms or maybe you have a picky eater and get disgruntled with dealing with what to feed your child. Below is a list of great food snack ideas for in school and after school to help promote over all health and great dental health! Less missed days of school for your child means less missed days of work for you along with a healthy happy kid (who doesn’t want that?!).
Fruit is naturally sweet, so most kids love it. Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges. Canned, frozen, and dried fruits often need little preparation.
- Honeydew Melon
- Kiwis-slice or cut in half and eat with a spoon!
- Mandarin Oranges
apple sauce, dried fruit (my kids love the bags of trail mix- including ones with dried fruit in it!), fruit salad, smoothies
Vegetables can be served raw with dip or salad dressing:
- Carrot sticks or Baby Carrots
- Celery Sticks
- Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
- Snap Peas
- Snow Peas
- String Beans
- Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
- Yellow Summer Squash slices
- Zucchini slices
Vege dips- hummus, ranch dressing, thousand island dressing or vege dips
Soy snacks, Vege pockets, Ants on a log (celery stick with peanut butter and raisins on it)
GRAINS! Who doesn’t love some yummy crackers!
breakfast cereal, rice cakes, granola bars, granola (home made! There are some awesome easy to do recipes out there!), pretzels and bread sticks dipped into honey mustard is great!
Cheese cubes, yogurt, frozen yogurt (gogurts freeze and then thaw by lunch time for a still cold easy to eat yogurt and they taste great!)
Last but not least (for those without nut allergies)- trail mix- lots of great energy high protein mixes that are delicious or make your own up!
Lastly- what to drink that is HEALTHY?????
Water, Milk, seltzers, vitamin water, tea, juice- 100% juice- and limit juice to with snacks. Be careful with drinking ANYTHING besides WATER throughout the day- so try to drink milk, tea, juice (pop too or sports drinks) with meals or snacks. Any time you consume a drink slowly over a few hours other than water- it leaves acid in your mouth- this will cause decay- 100% of the time.
Have a great school year, enjoy the break from the kids parents and good luck to the tykes in their classes and sports!!!
Any nutritional questions you can call us at 734.485.2200 or your pediatrician!