I’ve had a few parents recently show me what kid snacks schools are recommending they pack. It’s truly unfortunate how poor the recommendations are. For example…..
– Cereals like Kix, Cheerios, and Fruit Loops. I looked up the Fruit Loops label quick and what you get is refined grains, added sugars, trans fats, synthetic vitamins, etc…. Just by eliminating trans fats the WHO says 500,000 lives per year would be saved. Trans fats are that bad, added to sugar and grains and it’s a terrible “food”. I put it in quotes because I really can’t call it food.
– Animal Crackers. I made this short video explaining how unhealthy this common snack is.
– Goldfish and Cheeze-its. I’d put them in same category as Animal Crackers. It’s not food.
– Fat-free Pretzels, chex mix, honey wheat pretzels. All are high sugar, very low nutrient snacks that I would not recommend.
– There actually wasn’t a single “food” on the lists that I’d recommend.
Can you think of anything more important than the health of our kids? I can’t, not a single thing. It may be a bit inconvenient and a bit more expensive to provide healthier options…. But when it comes to their health it’s absolutely worth it. There’s literally nothing more important.
Childhood obesity has drastically increased in recent history. Consistent high sugar, fat producing snacks are a part of the problem. Here are some far better options.
Any Fruit or Berries….
Any fruit is a better carbohydrate than the animal crackers, cereals, pretzels, crackers or other recommended low fiber, low nutrient, grain based snacks. Water soluble fiber is an extremely important nutrient found in fruits and vegetables that most kids don’t get nearly enough of.
A banana with Pecans – It tastes like maple pecan ice cream. Flippin amazing. Trust me…go try it and thank me later. It’s filling – tastes great – and nutrient dense.
A banana with any other tree nut
Apple slices with almond butter – Another snack that’s almost too good.
Raw Veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers, jicama, cauliflower)….yes, some are technically fruits. All are great sources of good fiber and packed full of health promoting nutrients.
Pickled Beets – My weirdo kid loves them.
Trail mix – Raw mixed nuts with dried fruits. I understand that schools may not recommend snacks with nuts because of potential allergies. Often times the serious allergy is to peanuts. Remember a peanut is NOT a nut. Sometimes I think tree nuts mistakenly get lumped with peanut allergies.
Jerky – A filling complete protein that is loaded with nutrients.
Grass Fed deli meats – A couple slices of high quality deli meat is a great snack.
Hard boiled eggs. Inexpensive, filling, a complete protein and loaded with nutrients.
Exo and/or RX Bars are two of my favorites. I prefer the Exo bar because it keeps me full for a longer time. Depending on how big your kid is you could send a 1/3 or 1/2 bar has a snack for the day. You can order and Exo sample pack here and/or you can go here to try the RX bars. rxbarfan15 will get you 15% off and free shipping.
All you have to do is find a couple snacks your kid loves and send them with every day. Make it a habit – it’s really not hard and again…NOTHING is more important than the health of your child.