Ah, smell that? It smells like new backpacks and pencil shavings. That’s right, believe it or not, it’s back to school time! And with the kids headed back to the school, it also means it’s time to start packing lunches and preparing after school snacks again. If you’re looking for some fun and healthy kid-friendly snacks for your little guy or gal, we’ve got you covered. And guess what? Adults like ’em, too!
Banana and Peanut Butter Sushi
These fun little bite-sized pinwheels are satisfyingly sweet (without any added sugar). Each sushi roll is packed with whole grain fiber, complex carbs, healthy fats, belly-filling protein and tons of healthy vitamins and minerals.
To Make: Warm a whole grain tortilla in the microwave until soft and pliable. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter on the tortilla, then sprinkle on one diced banana. Roll the tortilla in tightly, and gently squeeze with your hands to squish wrap together. Using a sharp knife, cut tortilla into sushi-sized pieces.
To Pack: Either leave the tortilla whole, wrap in aluminum foil and serve as a roll-up, or pack sushi slices into an air-tight container for the lunch box.
Tomato and Cheese Sticks
These bite-sized delights will satisfy any hungry kid after school. They are easy, fun, and totally adaptable. Try using different cheeses, fun toothpicks, or colored tomatoes. You can even swap out the tomatoes for sweet peppers, cucumbers, or whatever other veggie your kid is into.
To Make: Cut mild cheddar cheese into 1/2″ cubes. Stick a cherry tomato and cheese cube onto a toothpick.
To Pack: These sticks will travel well with an ice pack in baggies or airtight containers.
Chocolatey Trail Mix
Make your own trail mix! It comes together in a flash and you get complete control of the ingredients.
To Make: Mix together 1 part raw almonds and 1 part dark chocolate chips to 2 parts unsweetened dried fruit. Try raisins and blueberries!
To Pack: Use little baggies for easy snacking.
Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwiches
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but this won’t ensure that your kids will eat it. These little apple sandwiches are fun, tasty, and still get your kids all the great nutrition of eating fruit.
To Make: Fill a small bowl with cold water and a splash of lemon juice and to avoid browning, don’t skip the lemon water step. Slice an apple into 1/4″ slices crosswise and using a small cookie cutter (for fun shapes) or a knife, cut out the core to make donut-shaped slices. Dunk the slices in the lemon water, drain and spread peanut butter and raisins on one of the slices, then top with another slice.
To Pack: Wrap each pre-made sandwich tightly in aluminum foil.