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Healthy Back to School Snacks

September 16th, 2011 Healthy Living

Junk food has unfortunately become a staple in many children's diets. If you send them to school with money for lunch, there's no way to make sure they're picking the healthiest options and snacks. Packing a nutritious meal at home is less expensive and can ensure your kids are eating right. Here are some wholesome mealtime favorites your youngsters may love.

Cheese Most people love cheese, and kids are no exception. Luckily, this dairy product gives your kids vitamins, calcium and protein. String cheese is a good snack option, as it's portable and peeling off the layers can be fun. You could also cut cubes into fun shapes with a cookie cutter to make them more appealing.

Peanut butter This stuff's packed with fiber and protein, both of which are essential to your young one's health. Sandwiches with peanut butter are always a classic choice, but try mixing it up by using it as a dip with crackers, apples or pretzels.

Whole grains Many kids won't like the idea of whole wheat bread or pasta, but if you don't mention the change, they may not even notice. Some brands even make their whole grain foods look the same as bleached varieties. Give your child a whole grain cereal for breakfast to give him plenty of energy throughout the day.

Yogurt Yogurt has a ton of calcium, which youngsters need to grow strong bones. Pack a low fat kind with some berries or granola to make it more fun.

Hummus Instead of getting your kids to eat more vegetables by giving them ranch dip, try hummus instead. It's low in fat and has plenty of vitamins that children need. The texture makes it difficult to be messy and the flavor will be appealing.