5 Healthy Snacks for the Lunch BoxCatherine McCord
So often, the struggle with prepackaged snack foods is finding delicious ones that contain fewer ingredients (especially ones you can pronounce) instead of more. It’s one of the reasons I spend so much time working on simple snack recipes. As the new school year is upon us, I say double these recipes now and keep a big bag in the freezer so you have tons of snacks to munch on and to put into school lunch for months to come! The weekend is the perfect time to get your family in the kitchen together whipping up lots of healthy snacks for the lunch box. Your kids will be so excited to open their lunches every day of the week to find which of their homemade treasures has been included!
Wheat Germ Parmesan Crackers 1 of 5
These Wheat Germ and Parmesan Crackers are made with only 6 ingredients and they have a lot of visual appeal when you cut them into fun shapes with mini cookie cutters. They freeze beautifully, have tons of dietary fiber from the wheat germ, and zesty flavor and protein from the parmesan cheese.
Cocodate Cookies 2 of 5
With only four ingredients and packed with toasty coconut and super sweet dates, Cocodate Cookies are free of many of the most common allergy-causing foods. They are cooked at a very low temperature making them chewy on the inside and a delectable treat for almost anyone to enjoy. Did I mention that they're also super easy to make?
Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers 3 of 5
Goldfish are one of those "easy" foods that most people keep in the pantry for their kids. And why not? They're delicious. But they are also high in sodium, low in fiber and feature some unneeded empty ingredients like sugar. For what is such a simple food, making your own homemade Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers is so much better, especially when you use whole wheat flour, which ups the fiber content and is far more nutritious than refined.
Spinach Cake Muffins 4 of 5
These Spinach Cake Muffins have just the perfect amount of sweetness and an appealing bright green color, but no intense spinach flavor. I got really into making them and the new recipe produced a sweet little gem of a muffin that my kids absolutely loved. Chloe joined me in making a batch and got so into it I caught her eating spinach leaves directly out of the measuring cup -- who says kids don't like their greens?! I always find that when you give little ones a chance to be a part of creating something in the kitchen, it can transform food for them in a way that's just as much fun to make as it is to eat!
Peach Fruit Leather 5 of 5
You should just see how excited my kids get for this homemade Peach Fruit Leather. They go through it so quickly I tend to make about three batches a week, but one of the great things about this recipe is that it stays good for weeks, if not longer. So pick up a few pounds of peaches while they're still in season and preserve some summer flavor in the form of homemade fruit leather!