Snacking gets a bad rap. Maybe instead we should call it “fueling up,” because that’s what healthy snacking does. Keeping a full tank is important, especially when it comes to kids at school. Strategic snacking can help keep energy up and minds sharp, which helps them stay engaged and learning through the day. Try these nutritious snacks:
Bell pepper strips
A fun, healthful answer to French fries! Crisp, colorful and delicious, bell pepper strips have all the crunch with none of the fat. Get a mix of green, red, yellow and orange organic bell peppers and slice them into quarter-inch wide strips. In addition to being a hydrating snack, which is important on hot days, bell peppers are a great source of vitamins A, C and E.
Sweet and chewy dried fruit, available in the bulk department at the Co-op, makes a great alternative to packaged snack-treats loaded with extra sugar. Look for dried mangoes, apple rings, pear slices, pineapple slices, banana chips, persimmons and more. Fruit truly is nature’s candy. It offers an unmatched variety of fun and healthful snacks that will give your kid the energy they need to learn and grow, every day.
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Jasmin Woodside of First Alternative Co-op and her children.