I was honoured to be asked to write a “guest post” for the A-Z Writing Challenge. The letter I was given was “Y”. The blog I was writing for was a teachers perspective on what he sees students bringing for snack and lunch options to school….and would like to see healthier choices. Here is my post:
“Y” … Let’s talk about HOMEMADE & YUMMY snack and lunch options to take to school.
Over processed and nutrition lacking foods are too common in everyones lives. YES it is more convenient to just throw some “package” of stuff in our kids lunches (or ours for that matter). People’s lives are busy, and trying to find time to prepare food is a job in itself. Is it difficult to make wholesome foods to pack for your kids lunches/snacks? NO it doesn’t have to be. Simple food choices and a small amount of prep time can make a HUGE difference in the nutrition of your child.
We all know the importance of healthy eating, yet convenience seems to win over nutrition.
There are lots of “superfoods” packed with nutrients that are simple, easy to prepare and affordable. Here are a few suggestions.
Cottage cheese is a great source of calcium and protein. When mixed with other simple ingredients you can have a nutrition packed lunch in a matter of minutes. Into the cottage cheese, add chopped apple (full of fibre), some unsweetened shredded coconut (good fats), a handful of dried cranberries and a sprinkling of raw pumpkin seeds (high in fibre and nutrients)… and there you have a healthy nutritious lunch.
A great and super simple pudding with bananas and avocado is but a few minutes away. I call this Chocolate Banana Roundup!! Take those ripe bananas (4-5) that you didn’t eat in the week. Throw them into a food processor along with a ripe avocado and 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice).You just whipped up a “no sugar added” treat full of vitamins, minerals, good fats and antioxidants. Pretty simple right?
Avocados are such a nutrient rich superfood. Incorporating them into meals is so easy. Instead of using mayonnaise in your next tuna sandwich, mash up an avocado instead. For a nice change, add this to a whole grain wrap (or wrap of your choice), add a bit of spinach and you have a wonderful and healthy tuna wrap for lunch.
One of the simplest things to take to school is a hard boiled egg. We all know how good eggs are, so why not boil a batch on the weekend for use during the week. Peel the egg and put it in a container. Send along some pieces of “real” cheese …. not cheese slices, and you have a high protein lunch or snack.
Yogurt is a wonderful and easy way to get in extra calcium, but some are full of sugar. Buy some greek yogurt which is high in protein. Add some berries for added antioxidants, and if you find it too tart use honey, maple syrup or agave nectar to sweeten it up. Using natural sweeteners are much better than processed sugar.
So there you have some easy ways to keep your kids going strong during their busy day. Use the letter “Y” to create some YUMMY options for your kids!! Remember we all need to eat nutritious, but kids need our guidance to help them make healthy and YUMMY food choices.
For an interesting article on kids snacks….click here