Proper nutrition and physical activity are linked to students’ success in school. Making sure your child has a healthy diet, including snacks, and gets plenty of exercise is part of ensuring that their classroom experience is the best it can be. While this sounds simple enough, when your young students head out the front door, your control over what they eat greatly diminishes. Enrolling your kids in after school activities that keep them active, like the ones offered by RecTennis, guarantees that they will get the exercise they need after a long day in the classroom. And while
keeping their developing, young bodies fueled is challenging when they are away from home, sending them to school with snacks that are both delicious and nutritious increases the likelihood that they will be able to sustain the mental and physical stamina they need to find success.
The following are some ideas for snacks to send along with your child as they make their way through their school and after-school activities. You’ll feel good about packing them, and they’ll be eager to eat them.
Snacks that Fuel Your Kids’ School Day
Apples with Peanut or Almond Butter
Your kids will love this old-school combo. A sweet, juicy burst of vitamin C-rich flavor coupled with protein-heavy nut butter is always a win. This snack will keep your kids going all day!
Peanut Butter and Nana Dog
Elvis would be proud of this one. There’s only one thing that outdoes the peanut butter and banana sandwich, and that’s the peanut butter and banana hotdog. It’s quick and easy to make (no slicing required). It delivers a protein and carb punch that will keep your student focused in class and fast on the court. It only requires one whole wheat hot dog bun, filled with a whole banana served with a side of classic peanut butter.
Wheat Crackers and Cheese
Combine your kids’ favorite whole-grain crackers in a baggie with their favorite type of cheese (mozzarella and cheddar great options) and you’ll rest easy knowing they are getting a good dose of calcium and protein. This snack provides excellent nutrients and both slow and fast-release energy for busy young bodies.
Cottage Cheese with Dried Fruit
Don’t underestimate this snack option. The dried fruit adds an unexpected sweetness to this treat. Your kids will love it and you will love knowing that they are getting calcium, protein and some natural sugars throughout their day!
This is a tricky snack. Premade trail mix snack bags are often packed with sugar. Before you buy, make sure they don’t include chocolates or added candy bits. Another option is to make your own. Go to the organic bulk section of your local grocer and combine healthy nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds with dried fruit, granola, and sunflower or pumpkins seed. We guarantee your kids will love it!
Veggies and Hummus
You might be surprised at how eager your kids will be to gobble this snack down. It’s an easy way to make sure your babes get their veggies for the day along with a protein-packed snack. Hummus is a fantastic source of plant-based protein. Perfect for the long-lasting energy little ones who are constantly on the move need.
Nuts, fruits, veggies and even meat slices from the deli are great items for your kids’ lunch pail. Sending them out the front door with tasty options that are packed with the nutrients and the energy they need to stay focused and active, isn’t as hard as it may initially seem. With a little forethought and creativity, there’s a win/win waiting to happen in your household. You can enjoy knowing your kids have everything they need to have the best experience in school possible, while they reap the rewards of staying properly fueled all day long.
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