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7 Brain-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Kids Throughout the School Day

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My daughter started second grade this year, but it feels like she’s in junior high considering the amount of homework she’s been assigned! She’s got book reports, ‘wow’ sentences (detailed and descriptive), timetables to memorize, and 25 minutes of reading on top of her homework. Her sweet little brain is working hard, so I want to make sure I’m giving her food that will give her energy and boost her brain for all the learning. We are starting our days off right with a healthy breakfast, followed by a healthy and refreshing lunch with an energy-boosting power snack for after school.

Here are 7 healthy snacks to fuel your kids throughout the school day!

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    Image Credits: Macki Cayloma West

  • Oatmeal with Blueberry Fruit Squeezer Topping 2 of 8
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    Just make a batch of oatmeal, and then transform it into something extraordinary with a Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezer. You won't need to add anything else like brown sugar, butter or cream because these fruit squeezers are packed with flavor. On top of that, with just one pack your kids are getting a serving of fruits and veggies! Just let your kids choose which flavor of fruit burst squeezer to add, and let the fun begin.

  • Oatmeal with Fruit Cup 3 of 8
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    Another standard batch of oatmeal turned into something to get the whole family excited about. All you have to do is take your favorite fruit cup, this one is mango (YUM!), drain it, and toss the fruit over the oatmeal. Another option is to cook the fruit right in. Just reduce the amount of water by 1/2 cup, and pour the entire contents of one fruit cup into the pan of water, and cook the oatmeal.

  • Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola Parfait 4 of 8
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    Let the kids make this colorful parfait. All you need is yogurt (we chose lemon), a Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezer (this one's mixed berry), and granola. Assemble in layers. This can be served for breakfast, or separated into compartments to build at lunch time. Better yet, it makes for a great afternoon snack that can help your kids through their late-afternoon homework.

  • Whole Wheat Mango Peach Muffins 5 of 8
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    These muffins are a healthier alternative to the fattier and sugar-laden variety. These are made with reduced sugar and oil, along with whole wheat flour, almond meal, and a fruit cup and fruit burst squeezer in mango and peach flavors. We love these muffins and eat them anytime we're feeling sluggish.

    Make whole wheat mango peach muffins

  • Fruit Squeezer for Lunch 6 of 8
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    This Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezer can serve two purposes (and maybe more!). First, when frozen, it serves as an ice pack for the sandwich I'll send with my kid to school. Then when my kid eats it, she gets an energy boost. After all, this snack is PACKED with fruits and veggies! On top of that, sometimes it's still a little frozen, so my kid squishes the pouch to create a slush, and then she sucks it down for a refreshing treat.

  • Fruit + Veggie + Nuts 7 of 8
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    This is a common after school-snack in my house. Fruit and nuts supply a great carb and protein balance, and this little fruit burst squeezer has the added bonus of sneaking in some veggies. The almonds are a superfood, and are known to help with the health and development of the brain, making these a perfect snack for my growing kids.

  • Mango & Cheese 8 of 8
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    Another favorite after-school snack is sliced cheese and fruit. My kids love mango, so this fruit cup is a big hit! We like to pair it with Jarlsberg. This snack also packs the perfect protein-to-carb balance to keep sugar levels from spiking and those energy levels up.

Read more from Macki on The Family Kitchen and Babies First Year!

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