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Back to School Tips (Day 3 Healthy Snacks)

Summer time can be a time filled with fun, special treats, less structure with your activities and with your nutrition.  As summer comes to an end, kids are heading back to school and we are all on new routines with more structure.  Now is a time to get back on track and refocus on healthier eating habits.  Kids need to fuel their bodies with healthy foods and snacks to have energy and sleep better so they can perform better at school.

Take a listen to my video to hear a few ideas for healthy snacks for your kids:

It is so difficult to transition our kids from summer fun to back to school routines.  We as the parents, need to help them get back on track and have some discipline with the foods they eat to keep them strong and energized.

HEALTHY SNACKING OPTIONS

  • Trail mix
  • Cut up fruit
  • Cut up veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Celery with nut butter
  • Rice cakes – great on the go
  • Low sodium deli meat
  • Daily Sunshine – click link to learn more!  http://www.krisdellofitness.com/daily-sunshine/
  • Crackers and Cheese


HEALTHY SNACK RECIPE

Healthy homemade granola recipe from the FIXATE cookbook:

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes or gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots, or any other dried fruit you prefer
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp extra-virgin organic coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 300° and line the cookie sheet with foil. You might want to add a light spray of Pam or cooking spray.
Combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well.
On the stove top in s small sauce pan over low heat, add maple syrup, coconut oil, and applesauce.   Stir it for 4 to 5 minutes. You want to make sure the oil has melted out.
Pour the syrup mixture over the dry oat/flake mixture stirring it until it’s all well coated and place the mixture onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
Bake granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes checking on it every 15 minutes to stir.  Allow it cool and store it in a tupperware type container.

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