March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is “Go Further with Food.” If your kids are anything like mine, you can never stock up on enough snacks! They always come home from school ravenous for a snack, so I try my best to supply them with choices that are appealing but also nutritious. Here are some of our favorite wholesome, go-to options:
- Fresh Fruit: I stock my fridge with big bowls of washed grapes, strawberries, blueberries … just about any fruit that’s in season! Apples can be soaked in water with a little salt before storing so they don’t turn brown. In the summer I stock up on stone fruits and watermelon (cut up, and ready to eat in the fridge). I find if it’s washed & cut up, the kids are more likely to reach for it.
- Dairy: Our fridge is always stocked with string cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese for a quick protein-rich snack. My kids are adventurous cheese eaters, so we often visit our local cheese store to pick out new & exotic cheeses to try. A plate filled with nuts, cheese & some dried fruit can be a really satisfying snack and a powerhouse of energy!
- Crackers: Sometimes you just need something salty and crunchy! We stock up on gluten-free pretzels and rice crackers due to my son’s gluten intolerance. We store everything in small mason jars so the kids can pour out a small serving on their own. I think this helps them feel independent.
Good nutrition can be fun and easy. A little planning and prepping can make snacks last all week and fuel our little leaders of tomorrow. Keeping our pantry and fridge filled with healthy, convenient and wholesome options will ensure our kids are making the best possible snack choices this week and for years to come!
About the Author
Nancy Yen is the founder of OmieLife, and developed the OmieBox after realizing there must be a better way to pack lunches for her young sons. She enjoys challenging conventional wisdom, and is always looking for a better way to do things.
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