August – how is it August ALREADY? June went by fast and July went by even faster. The first day of school is creeping up on us and before we know it, yellow school busses will be taking over the roads and the trees will start to change their color. Getting ready to go back to school requires a lot of preparation. How many notebooks and pencils to buy? Who needs a new backpack? What about new clothes? And what am I going to do about lunch?!
To help make life a little bit easier, below is a list of kid friendly food ideas that will be sure to please! Not only will these items be things your kiddos love, but the school will love as well as they include allergy friendly options.
Remember to always encourage your kids to help in the kitchen, in whatever way they can. Whether it is setting the table, washing veggies, or helping to pack up lunch bags for the family. As you work, discuss the benefits of the different foods your making. “Did you know that vitamin C in apples can help cuts and scrapes heal faster? And the healthy fats found in chia seeds help your brain to grow?” The more involved kids are in the meal prep process, the more likely they are to have healthy eating habits down the road.
- Parmesan popcorn (recipe or try Angie’s brand BoomChicka Pop!)
- Seedy pretzel wands: spread sunflower seed or other nut free butter on the top of a pretzel wand. Roll in sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nut free granola, and/or dried fruit (foodnetwork.com)
- Apple Moons: cut apples into crescents, spread with sunflower seed butter and press nut free granola on top (foodnetwork.com)
- Dried apple rings: slice apple in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Slice apples ¼ inch thick. Lay on greased baking sheet, bake at 200F for 2 or so hours or until dry (foodnetwork.com)
- Roasted sea salt and vinegar chickpeas (recipe)
- Chia power donuts (recipe)
- Chocolate chia seed pudding (recipe)
- Pure Energy No-Bake Oatmeal Bites (see recipe below!)
- Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich (recipe)
- Parmesan Zucchini Chips (recipe)
And don’t forget great go-to ideas like low fat cheese sticks, sliced fruits and veggies, unsweetened applesauce, low fat yogurts, and more.
Helpful resources: allergy friendly foods
Pure Energy Bites!
Peanut butter and sunflower seed butter variations
Makes 44 truffles (just barley a heaping teaspoon)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup natural peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- ¾ cup wheat germ or flax seed
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well
- Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes
- Pinch off a little bit of batter and roll into a ball
- Place on a large baking sheet and store in fridge for up to one week