Peanut Butter & Jelly SandwichesÂ
Many of use grew up eating these tasty sandwiches that are so simple to make (even my 5 year old makes his ownâ€¦I just cut them for him).Â But not only are they simple to makeâ€¦they can also be a healthier alternative
to the typical cold cut sandwiches that are often made with processed meat that’s high in sodium.Â Peanut butter offers a number of benefits such as a good amount of protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat among other nutrition benefits. Â Jelly also offers some nutritious benefits such as from the fruit from which it is made. Â But for both just watch the amount you use because those calories can add up. Â I try to stick as close as possible to the serving sizeâ€¦not hard to do if only making a sandwich.
Here’s what you need to make this healthy: Peanut butter (natural preferably), jelly, whole wheat bread
My kids love those little cute â€œLunchableâ€ packs they see in the stores.Â They seem to get a kick out of making cracker/meat/cheese sandwiches and mini cold pizzas.Â But have you checked out the ingredient list for
these?Â And depending on which one you getâ€¦the price?? Â Sure they are convenient.Â But I certainly donâ€™t want to buy them weekly for my kids.Â So Iâ€™ve started to make them. Â I even have the kids help me so they can take part in preparing their lunch…they really seem to enjoy it!
Hereâ€™s what you need to make these healthy: Cracker sandwich pack – crackers i.e. Ritz cheese crackers, lunch meat (I prefer turkey), sliced cheese (preferably version made with 2% milk); Pizza pack – English muffins or pita bread, tomato sauce (watch the sodium), mozzarella cheese (preferably version made with 2% milk).Â Add a healthy snack such as fruit or yogurt instead of the mini candy bars that often come with the store-bought packs.
These are easy to make and store for eating later.Â And they donâ€™t need to be totally hot.Â As long as the cheese is melted my kids like them.Â They seem to prefer the cheese quesadillas although sometimes I sneak a few finally chopped veggies in them.Â What you need: tortillas, shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese, cooking spray or small amount of oil (preferably olive or coconut)
Here’s what you need to make this healthy: whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese (preferably version made with 2% milk)Â
Macaroni and Cheese Pasta Salad
My kids love macaroni n cheese.Â But they canâ€™t take it to school and reheat itâ€¦and who wants cold macaroni n cheese?Â So instead of making it the traditional way I like to make it with the
pasta noodles and blocks of cheddar cheese and a light sauce or dressing for extra flavor.Â Iâ€™m still working on getting them to eat it with chopped veggies such as tomatoes.Â Hopefully weâ€™ll get there soon JÂ What youâ€™ll need: macaroni or other pasta noodles, small blocks of sharp cheddar cheese, Italian dressing or olive oil/vinegar mixture to toss pasta in, chopped veggies (optionalâ€¦if theyâ€™ll eat it)Â
Here’s what you need to make this healthy: macaroni noodles, sharp cheddar cheese chopped into small blocksÂ (preferably version made with 2% milk), Italian or homemade dressing i.e. olive oil and apple vinegar with basil seasoning added
Flourless Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
These are one of my fave #snacksIliketostash!Â They are very easy to make and taste good warm or cold (I store mineâ€™s in the fridge).Â Even the mixture to make them tastes goodâ€¦you could eat just that if you wanted to!
Check out my recipe on how to make these.
Eggless Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
I made these a couple of times and my kids loved them!Â Now, keep the portion to a minimumâ€¦I would say no more than 2-3 in one serving.Â I say this because of the coating, which consists of white chocolate baking chips (when melted they can be
used as a coating that hardens).Â I actually used banana flour to make these but feel free to use whatever you wantâ€¦but I recommend a â€œhealthierâ€ flour such as banana, almond, or whole wheat.
What you need to make this healthy snack: “healthy” flour, chocolate chips (preferably mini), almond milk, cacao powder, white chocolate baking chips for coating.
Yogurt is always an easy snack to grab and enjoy anytime. Â But my fave for my kiddos are the ones that come in a tube such as
Yoplait’s Go-Gurt. Â They are so easy to pack and are perfect for healthy eating on-the-go. Â At only 70 calories a tube with low sugar, a little protein and lots of calcium these are definitely a hot item for my kids’ lunch box.
You can find Yoplait Go-gurt at almost any grocery store chain or even stores like Wal-mart and Target. Â If you want to pay a little less popular low-cost food store chain Aldi sell their own version, too.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. Â Kids can be really picky (such as my daughter) making it difficult to get them to eat many of the healthier things we want them to eat. Â I still struggle with this but it’s getting better. Â I’ve just found that experimenting with different healthy foods and snacks while taking away the bad stuff or drastically reducing how often we buy it has helped a lot. Â Also, I encourage you to get your kids involved as much as possible. Â Pull them into the kitchen with you and let them take part in making healthier foods. Â This way, they may find it more “fun” to eat something they actually made. Â Good luck and remember that fit kids is the goal!