It’s that time again: early mornings rustling the kids and getting yourself together to get them out the door and on the bus. But that’s not all! Back to school means after school activities and weekend games or practice. Rushing from place to place makes nutrition even more difficult than it typically is. No worries though, there are healthy options for both and your kids to enjoy on the go.
Fruits and Vegetables Always
Fruits and vegetables are great on the go, nutrient-rich options. These can be cut up in advance and put into little baggies with a spoonful of peanut butter, cottage cheese, hummus, or guacamole. A few of our favorite fruits and vegetables include:
- Carrot sticks (try with some spicy guacamole)
- Celery sticks (with a dollop of natural peanut butter)
- Small apple (sliced and a serving of almond butter)
- Berries (add some cottage cheese)
- Cuties tangerines (Very kid-friendly!)
- Bell pepper slices with cream cheese
Protein will help keep you and the kids full until dinner time! Plus, it helps build and repair muscle tissue. But how do you get passed carting a piece of chicken or a slab of steak around? Easy! Here are a few ideas:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Natural jerky
- Dried fruit (no sugar added) and mixed nuts
- Cheese slices
- Protein Bars (Natural ingredients)
- Popcorn (air-popped)
- Nut Butter
The Perfect Healthy Snack Combo Box
It’s important that you focus on nutrients and the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. To this, build a perfect healthy snack combo box with a small serving of each of these macros. Some fun ideas include:
- Mini peanut butter sandwiches on whole-grain bread with celery sticks and hummus
- Apple slices with peanut butter and a handful of almonds
- Yogurt parfait with berries, mixed nuts, and a spoonful of nut butter
- Turkey and cheese roll-ups
Ultimately, the goal is to focus on whole foods incorporating all three macro-nutrients for the most nutritious and filling snacks. These will keep your kids powered through their after-school events and keep you filled on healthy foods until dinner with the family.
What are some of your favorite healthy on-the-go snacks?
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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