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Fun and Healthy Back to School Snacks You Can Make With Your Kids


It is the time of year once again that every parent looks forward to; back to school. Finally Mom gets a long break five days a week while her little ones leave the house to get their brains filled with knowledge. The long days at school can get tiresome for our children and by the time they come home around 3pm their little bodies need recharging. A healthy after school snack is refreshing and can help kids gain the energy they need to tackle homework, chores and extra curricular activities. Below are a few fun recipes that you can try with your kids.

Ants On A Log
Ingredients:
Fresh celery
Peanut butter (if your child is allergic to peanuts you can substitute Almond butter or Sunflower Seed butter)
Raisins

Rinse Celery (logs) and have Mom or Dad cut them into 2-3 inch pieces
Spread the Peanut Butter onto the Celery (logs)
Place as many Raisins (ants) as you want onto the Peanut Butter.
Enjoy!

Gorp
Ingredients:
1 Cup each of the following
Cheerios
pretzels
unsalted sunflower seeds
sesame sticks
banana chips
slivered almonds
unsweetened organic granola
unsalted peanuts
unsalted pecan pieces
Wheat, Corn or Rice Chex
raisins
dried apricots pieces
dried apple slices
chopped dates
pine nuts
coconut
carob chips
dried pineapple
dried blueberries or cranberries

Pick the ingredients that you like. Put each ingredient in a separate bowl. Measure about 2 tablespoon of each ingredient into zip-closing plastic storage bags. You can have your children pick out the ingredients that they like to customize their own special gorp. Fill the bags about half full, then zip them up and put the extra ones in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Silly Salads
Ingredients:
Lettuce leaves
Sugar- Free peach or pear halves
Raisins
Cherries and stems (do not eat the stems)
Carrots (children under five should not eat raw carrots due to a choking hazard, you can substitute celery for younger kids)
Coconut

Put a piece of lettuce on a small plate. Lay a canned peach half or pear half on the lettuce. Put the raisins on for eyes. Add the cherry stems for the antennae. Cut a cherry in half, and use a slice for the mouth. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the carrot. Use the peeler to cut a thin slice off of the carrot to make legs or a tail. The coconut can be used to make ears or tails on rabbits, the center for flowers or as part of other animals.

Your kids can be encouraged to be creative and make other things like a bug, mouse, flower or any other animal that they like.

Fun Fruit Smoothies
Ingredients:
1 small ripe banana
2 cups frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
1 8-ounce carton of organic strawberry or vanilla low-fat yogurt (for extra protein use Greek yogurt)
3/4 cup of milk
*optional ingredients 1 T. of flax seeds, ground pumpkin seeds, and or soy protein powder

Peel banana and cut into chunks. Blend together banana chunks, frozen strawberries, yogurt and milk until smooth. Create your own flavors using different frozen fruits. You can substitute the banana for peaches or use blueberries instead of strawberries. Let your children choose their favorite fruits for their smoothie.

These recipes will help your kids have a healthy energy filled start to the school year.

About This Author

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on .

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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  1. Superfood Sisters August 3, 2011

    Great ideas! It is so important to get a lunch box that can keep good whole foods cold for a long time so we are not limited on the good foods we can give our kids. I am a big fan of doing an egg roll-up. I take the start of an omelet and sprinkle with vegan cheese. Let it cool and then roll it up really tight and cut into 1 inch sections. I put colored tooth picks in the different sections to make it fun. I find fun shaped containers I can put these in so they do not get crushed. I love this highly nutritious lunch that is great cold! Don't forget the I LOVE YOU note to make your child feel special 🙂

  2. Cascia Talbert August 3, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your egg roll-up recipe!