02 Sep Your Back-to-School Healthy Treats Survival Guide
It’s officially September which means two things are certain:
1- Fall is just around the corner! (Hooray for a break from the sweltering heat!)
2- The new school year has begun.
Whether you’re a parent who loves having their kids at home, or you’re the type who’s going insane and needs to send the kids away, this can be a crazy time…
Going back to school can be pretty chaotic– both for kids, and for parents. Gone are the days of sleeping in, staying up late, and playing endless games together. But also, gone are the days of endless fights, messy houses, and a kitchen that never seems to stay stocked.
Starting a new school year is a big deal. It’s another year of brand new things:
-Brand new teacher
-Brand new curriculum
-Brand new school (for some)
-Brand new friends
-Brand new games
-Brand new clothes
Tackling so many “brand new” things is a great accomplishment, so why not reward your kids with a brand new treat they’ll love when they get home from school?
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Back to School Treats your kids (and you!) are sure to love:
Refueling your kids with something healthy like fruit and veggie smoothies is a great way to help them get their key nutrients in for the day. Especially if your little one is very active, they may have burned off a lot of energy. These smoothies are customizable to you (or your kid’s) likings. And since everything is blended together, they’re a great way to help feed those picky eaters. Green smoothies, banana smoothies, and orange smoothie recipes are all included in this recipe. And because of how well balanced each smoothie is, these should hold your kid over until dinner time.
Are you a big fan of no-bake sweets, but not of all the added sugar? Try these Carrot Oat Energy Bites! They’re loaded with fiber, protein, and other key nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth, and help you feel satiated.
These moist, and fluffy banana muffins are the real deal. Made with five simple, wholesome ingredients (not to mention 100% refined sugar-free ingredients), they offer great taste, and lots of fiber– giving your kids the energy they need to sustain them till dinner. They’re the perfect treat for your little ones.
These kid-friendly Sushi Rolls are not only fun, but delicious as well! I mean, who doesn’t love a good, chocolatey-hazlenut spread? Requiring just three simple on-hand ingredients, they’re easy to throw together at the last minute, and are guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face.
We couldn’t resist throwing in another muffin recipe, especially since it is zucchini season. These muffins are really packed with veggies, making them a truly healthy snack. They are filled with carrots and zucchini and just enough batter to hold it all together. Amidst the fact that they’re low in fat and added sugar, they’re super moist and tender, making them irresistible to kids and parents alike.
Nothing is ever quite as good as real, wholesome, fresh fruit. These fruit kabobs are fun and loaded with flavor and key nutrients. Customize your fruit using what your kids love, and eat away!
Who says you need a dehydrator to make some delicious apple chips? Make your oven do all the hard work! These make the perfect snacks for the busy on-the-go family who doesn’t have time to come home and snack. Made with just three ingredients, anyone can make these. (Just make sure you account for the time needed to bake them!)
Fruit alone won’t always hold you over til your next meal, but when paired with a high protein fruit dip, you’re sure to stave off any hunger cravings. Greek yogurt and almond butter combine to amp up your protein, while the cinnamon and honey add a hint of sweetness to it. This can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, then dip your favorite fruit in it for a delicious, and healthy treat!
Who doesn’t love chocolate pudding? This pudding is creamy, chocolatey, rich, low in sugar, and best of all, it’s dairy free! Now everyone can enjoy this decadence! Using just five ingredients (one being an avocado. Yes. An Avocado!), this pudding offers health benefits without sacrificing taste.
The easiest, most satisfying treat to give your kids after a long day at school is a Jolly Llama frozen treat. Not only are these treats made with real fruit, but they’re loaded with flavor. Each pop is conveniently packaged to make snack time simple, and efficient. Try our cream pops or frozen sorbet pops. There’s a flavor out there for everyone– from Mango, Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry and Pineapple, to Chocolate Mint Chill, Sea Salt Caramel Craze, Coconut Joy, and Berry Bliss. After a long hot day, the kids are going to want something refreshing, so why not off them one of these gluten-free, dairy-free treats!?
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