Whether you need components for lunches, or grab-and-go after school snacks, The Whole Wheatery has you covered!
Things can get pretty hectic when school is back in session. Keeping the kids' lunches stocked or appetite satisfied until dinner can be a challenge for some families. No worries! The Whole Wheatery has some snack ideas that cater to every type of picky eater:
Seaweed, or algae, belongs to a group of plant-like organisms that grow in the sea. Seaweed is much more nutrient dense than any land vegetables. It is an excellent source of micronutrients including folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium. More importantly, seaweed is a great source of iodine.
Granola & Fruit Bars
Granola & Fruit bars are delicious and portable ways of snacking. They come in various flavor combinations and are high in fiber and protein (depending on the brand).
Mixed Nuts & Seeds
There are a lot of nutrients packed in nuts, including high levels of protein, Vitamin E, zinc, Calcium and Magnesium. Each type of nut has it’s own specific health benefits, and eating a blend of them provide a more nutrient dense snack than a bag of chips. While it’s true that nuts contain high levels of fat, it is mostly unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fat is good for you, and is necessary in a balanced diet. Look for brands that offer mixed nuts with dried fruit, to help balance out the bitterness of certain nuts for youthful taste buds.
Dried Meats & Jerkies
Dried meats and jerkies are a great shelf-stable snack. They provide fistfuls of protein without the added fat. Meat jerky supplies a good dose of iron and zinc, two essential minerals that help boost your immune system. Iron encourages proper production of red blood cells, and zinc helps your body heal wounds.
When you're not able to prep and time is of the essence, nutritional drinks are here to save the day! Packed full of protein and fiber, these liquid superheros keep kid's tummies satisfied with a flavorful taste. You can go sweet with a fruit flavored milk drink or savory with a bone broth. Either way, you can rest assured that it is nutritious and delicious!
Chips & Crackers
When the kids are craving something crunchy and salty, look no further than a serving size bag of chips or crackers. Look for organic and Non-GMO brands that are baked, or use healthy oils like coconut and sunflower.
Fruit & Yogurt
Yogurt is a good source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. For those looking to eat less animal protein, there are many dairy-free yogurts like coconut, almond, cashew and soy. Yogurt by itself usually tastes sour, and may not be ideal for kids, so adding fruit would make yogurt more appetizing. Single serving cups and pouches are more commonly sold with fruit, making the selection of favorite flavors more easily accomplished.
Make sure the family is all packed and ready for the new school year!