As the summer is winding down and your kids are headed back to school, it is a perfect time to make healthy eating a staple in your routine! In addition to new school supplies, this time of year is perfect for trying new foods and establishing new routines… especially in the grocery store!
Research has shown a healthy diet is KEY for your child’s development and performance in school. While we consider breakfast as the most important meal of the day, I would argue what your child eats during school (in the form of lunch and snacks) is equally as important to help them adequately learn and concentrate in class.
In my own life, Trader Joe’s was one of my favorite places to head with my mom growing up, and a place I still consistently shop at! Trader Joe’s is the perfect one-stop-shop for finding simple ingredients, healthy grab-and-go snack options, and unique products like frozen cauliflower gnocchi or their “everything but the bagel” seasoning! Here are 4 favorite dietitian-approved snack ideas that are an easy way to sneak vegetables in your kid’s lunch box or have something they can easily have going from one activity to another.
Peeled rainbow carrots dipped in hummus.
Trader Joe’s rainbow carrots are a colorful snack that makes food more fun! Paired with any type of pre-packaged hummus, this snack provides not only a serving of vegetables, but is vegetarian & allergy friendly.
Strawberries with mini Babybel cheese.
This time of year, strawberries are PERFECTLY ripe… making it a sin not to buy them! After washing and dicing them up really quick, pair this snack with a few mini Babybel cheeses to provide some great protein to keep your kids fueled between activities.
Inner peas dipped in Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole.
If your kids love crunchy & salty, they won’t be able to resist this snack option! One reason we love Inner Peas is because a serving is 22 crisps! Not to mention it pairs perfectly with their Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole that packs both protein (from the Greek yogurt) & healthy fats (from the avocado) to create a balanced snack.
English muffin PIZZA!
Who says pizza can’t be a snack option!? English muffin pizzas are a fast and very kid-friendly option. To make, take a whole wheat English muffin and top with your favorite marinara sauce, shredded cheese, and any other delicious toppings! Pop in the toaster until the cheese is brown… then devour!
Author: Lauren Smith MS, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian specialized in lifestyle change, sports nutrition, and eating disorders/disordered eating at Dietitians of Palm Valley)