5 Super Healthy Back To School Snacks

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What a relief! The kids are back in school! Now it’s time to start thinking about keeping your kids eating healthy even when you’re not around. When kids don’t have something easy to grab, they tend to just go with the flow and that means potato chips, soda pop, candy and cookies.

Give your kids some healthy choices that really satisfy them. These snacks can be made in advance and left for your kids to eat when they come home, or they tuck nicely in a lunch bag.

 

1. Healthy Brownies

These coconut brownies are easy to make and give your kids a boost of antioxidants, healthy fats, and magnesium to boot.

  • 1 Cup of Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • ½ Cup of Raw Cacao Powder
  • 6 Free Range Eggs
  • ½ Teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup of Coconut Flour ( don’t use substitutions)
  • ½ Cup of Hemp Seeds, Goji Berries, or Non Dairy Chocolate Chips ( optional)

Preheat you oven to 350 degrees. Over low heat, blend the coconut oil and cacao powder in a saucepan. After thoroughly melted and mixed, remove from heat. In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla, coconut sugar, and eggs. Then add the cocoa mixture. Stir in the coconut flour until the batter is smooth. If you wish, add that hemp, goji, or one of the other optional ingredients listed above. Pour into a lightly buttered 8X8 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

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2. Thermos Smoothie

If you have 5 minutes in the morning, you can make a healthy smoothie for your kid’s thermos for lunch, travel mug to drink on the way, or to drink after they get home.

  • 1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
  • ½ Medium Organic Banana
  • ¼ Cup Silken Tofu

Put all items in your blender and mix well for about 30 seconds. Store in the fridge if your kids will be drinking this after school.

 

3. Quick Kid Kebabs

This is perfect for after school or even in their lunchbox. These can be ready in about 5 minutes, especially if you cut up items the night before.

  • ½ Ounce Roast Turkey, cut into cubes
  • ½ Ounce Cheddar Cheese, cut into cubes
  • ¼ Cup of Organic Grapes
  • 6 Organic Dried Apricots

Using a wooden skewer, thread all items, alternating the order for a great tasting twist on a traditional kebab. Or you may try to wrap it all into a pancake or tartilla!

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4. Great Granola

Although granola should be a healthy food, many of the prepared granolas at your supermarket are full of preservatives, sugar, excess salt, and soy oil. You can mix up this granola in advance and keep some frozen so you can dish it out anytime.

Dry Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup of Palm Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Sliced Almonds or Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 Cups of Quinoa Flakes
  • ½ Cup of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • ½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup of Organic Goji Berries
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Vanilla Bean
  • 1 Tablespoon of Maca Powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup of Fresh Organic Blueberries
  • ½ to ¾ Cup of Melted Coconut Oil ( just enough to cover the dry ingredients)
  • 10 Drops of Liquid Stevia

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl then spread out in a freezer safe container about 3 inches thick and freeze. Break off chunks as desired for super great tasting snacks.

 

5. Power Bites

When your kids are just looking for something to pop in their mouths, and feel satisfied, give them some of these power bites. These will give them some sustainable energy while giving them some serious vitamins and minerals.

  • ½ Cup of Hemp Hearts
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • ¾ Cup of Brazil Nuts
  • ¾ Cup of Walnuts
  • 1 Teaspoon of Maca
  • ½ Cup of Pitted Dates ( firmly packed)
  • ½ Cup of Shelled Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of Spirulina or other type of green superfood powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Bee Pollen
  • ¼ Cup of Cacao Nibs

Place the sunflower seeds, maca, salt, dates, and spirulina in a food processor until they make a sticky paste. Remove and place in a separate mixing bowl. Process the walnuts and Brazil nuts until crumbly and add them to the mixing bowl with the other mixture. Add the cacao nibs and hemp hearts into the bowl and mix thoroughly by hand. This will be thick and sticky so you might have to use your hands to mix it well enough. Add bee pollen last. Roll up into small balls about 2 inches in diameter. Store these in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. These should keep for about 2 weeks.

 

Sources:

Healingthebody.ca