It’s that time of year again! Having groceries on hand, and either packing snacks and lunches for your school aged kids, or them attempting to tackle it themselves becomes a daily challenge. My 5th grader this year is getting better about packing her own food for the school day. And I love that their teacher allows them to snack in the classroom throughout the day, as long as they aren’t disruptive.
But I’m frequently at a loss as to what to grab and purchase at the store for backpack snacks and lunches, so thought I’d share these helpful ideas from FoodInsight. They serve as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students.
5 Budget friendly foods that will survive a backpack and provide on-the-go nutrition, ensuring kids get the fuel they need without the muss or fuss
- Trail mix is bite-sized and packed with protein & healthful fats
- Add a handful of chocolate chips to your trail mix for a sweet boost of antioxidants
- Cereal cups are easy to grab and go with ready made portions
- The fiber, protein, and whole grains in cereal cups keep kids feeling full
- Cereal cups can be eaten with or without milk
Ants on a Log
- Top celery or carrots with nut butter, sprinkle with dried fruit like raisins to make Ants on a Log
- Ants on a Log are fun for kids to make on their own!
Portable Snack Packs
- Portable snack packs offer lots of different options in your grocery aisle
- Make your own portable snack packs by stacking turkey, ham, or pepperoni with cheese on whole wheat crackers
Yogurt Cups, Tubes, & Smoothies
- Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies are excellent source of protein & calcium
- Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies are perfect for an energy boost before afternoon activity
- Yogurt cups, tubes, & smoothies last up to 4 hours without refrigeration
See more at: http://www.foodinsight.org/backpack
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