Friday, September 3, 2010

Healthy Snacks For Your On-the-Go Middle Schooler

What does your middle schooler find when he heads to the kitchen for a snack? Foods that are kid-friendly are not always healthful. Air-puffed and highly processed snacks are not going to be filling. He needs fuel that meets his requirements for quick and easy and your requirements for nutritious and wholesome.
Keep these snacks on hand for your on-the-go middle schooler:

Whole grain pretzels

Bagels (top with peanut butter. low-fat cream cheese, local honey, or spreadable fruit)

Microwave Popcorn (look for the less salt, less butter varieties)

Yogurt (Save money by getting the larger containers rather than single-serving sizes. Top with homemade granola, nuts, or fruit.)


Fruit (Choose from what's in season and on sale!)

Cut-up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or celery and keep them stashed in the fridge for easy access. Accompany with ranch dip, pimento cheese, or natural peanut butter.

Juice pops (Make your own by freezing 100% juice in ice trays or Popsicle molds)

Cheese and whole wheat crackers

What are your kids' favorite healthy (or at least healthier, LOL) snacks? (When I was in middle school, I loved English muffins topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, slid under the broiler for just long enough to brown the edges and melt the cheese. Ohhhh, the days when the metabolism was high....)

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