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Q&A: What Should I Feed My Kids?

Written on September 12, 2012 at 8:45 am , by

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Photo by Mike Jensen.

Nutrition pros and FITNESS contributors Chris and Kara Mohr answer your pressing diet Q’s…

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September means one thing to moms across the country: Back. To. School!

Though there’s certainly a bit of sadness — time with the kiddos is reduced, pools are closed, vacations are over and freedom comes to a screeching halt — let’s be honest, there’s also a sigh of relief for both moms and kids.

One question that always comes up from the moms we work with, though, is “What should I feed my kids at school?”

It’s tough sorting all the messaging, marketing and information companies throw at us. So we wanted to share a few things we do for our daughter that have seemed to work well.  Fueling kids’ bodies is important.  They’re active, they’re learning, and they need to stay alert.  Soft drinks and sugar laden snacks won’t do it. But fiber, protein, healthy fats and the right fluids will.

Let’s  look at four smart options within those categories above and aren’t overly processed, high in sugar, or full of junky ingredients.  The best part of all of these: They’re all perfect for kids (and adults).

1. Wonderful Pistachios.  These are a personal favorite in the Mohr House.  Our 3 year old loves them because they’re fun to “crack open” and of course taste good.  We love them because we know she’s eating something great for her.  Outside of that — you get the most “bang for your buck” with these little green buggers at 49 nuts per serving!  They’re great for after school, at the office and because they’re non perishable, on the go.  Since they’re a good source of fiber, healthy fat and protein, they’re also great for satisfying cravings and keeping your energy consistent between meals.

2. Oranges and Grapefruits.  These aren’t more ‘magical’ than other fruits, but their tough skin makes them more durable and therefore portable, without getting bruised.  And kids like the wedges since they’re more “fun” to eat than many others fruit options.

3. Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwiches.  Ella, our 3 year old, LOVES these.  The apple slices act as the “bread” and the peanut butter holds them together.  Slice an apple thin, spread a side with peanut butter — just like you would with a sandwich — put them together and voila, a fantastic snack.  The apples are of course fantastic for you with all their vitamins, minerals and fiber.  And the natural peanut butter is loaded with healthy fat and protein to help fill you up as well.

4. Sabra Hummus cups.  We love hummus.  And we like that Sabra came out with little individual serving size cups.  They’re convenient, they’re high in fiber and protein, and when you use veggie sticks, like celery or carrots, as the vehicle of delivery, it’s even better.  Enjoy.

That’s it.  Four, super easy, super convenient, and amazingly healthy snacks (that your kids will love).  Pack these in their lunch boxes to help load them up with a great fuel and plenty of goodness.

 

  • Jbfitmama

    Great ideas, but with so many nut allergies (tree & peanut), half of these suggestions won’t work. Any other ideas?

  • Jen

    pistachios and peanut butter are generally not allowed in schools these days due to nut allergies