If you have children that are in school, there is a good chance that you have them enrolled in a variety of extra-curricular activities as well as regular school. You want to make sure that they have a competitive advantage when they apply to colleges by having a well-rounded number of interests, as well as leaderships positions. You likely also want to be sure that your children are able to experience as many things as possible to help them find out what activities they truly excel at and enjoy. However, you will need to be sure that your kids aren't hungry as they are rushing from one activity to another. Here are some fast, healthy snacks that you can give to your children.
1. Oatmeal Bars
One option is all natural oatmeal bars. Oatmeal bars have a lot of positive attributes going for them. They are easy to eat and don't need to be heated up or prepared in any way. They usually taste pretty good and they will fill your kids up until they are able to go eat dinner. However, there are many different oatmeal bars that have a lot of added sugars.Instead, look for bars that incorporate dried fruit and other simple sugars naturally in order to sweeten the bars, rather than just added sugar such as bars that have a cinnamon sugar flavor. This will help your child avoid crashing later.
2. Trail Mix
Another option is trail mix. It will likely be cheaper for you to buy the ingredients for trail mix in bulk and then mix your own or let your children mix their own each morning. Try to focus on unsalted nuts for protein and healthy fats, dried fruits, edamame, dried coconut flakes, and other foods that are nutritionally dense. If you are going too allow your children to add chocolate or candy to the trail mix, buy a much smaller bag of it than of everything else and tell them it has to last as long as the other parts of the trail mix last. This will help encourage your kids be sparing with the chocolate.
3. Apples and Peanut Butter
Getting a small, resealable container and filling it with peanut butter, as well as providing apples, is another good way to get fruit and protein into your child's diet. Apples are also much more solid than other fruits which means that they will bruise less easily in a backpack.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in healthy foods for kids.