In case you haven't seen any one of the approximately 4 gajillion advertisements in your local retailers, neighborhoods and online....it is in fact back to school time. And we're in the thick of it, folks. If back to school were a hurricane, we're hitting the intensity of the eye right about now. So, amidst the frantic runs to your local superstore for school supplies, updates to an either worn-through or outdated kid's wardrobe and working through the Google-like algorithm that is scheduling for your child's upcoming school year and extra-curricular activities, there's the not-so-small issue of nutrition that bears reminding. While school cafeterias may (or may not) have lunch handled for you, we thought at the least we could run-through a slew of great-to-have-in-your-repetoire, easy back to school snacks for your wee one from some of our favorite sources:
Ok, so Golden Grahams mixed with marshmallows, chocolate chips and more may not be the healthiest of snacks, but these are super-easy to make and kids love nibbling them. Mix these into the snack rotation and you're sure to have some happy campers. (Credit: sixsistersstuff.com)
Looking to give your little ones something with a good mix of sweet and savory that you know is healthy? Well, these will do the trick. A bit of slicing, a dash or two of ingredients and a few minutes in the oven and these puppies are done. Easy as...well, sweet potato fries! (Credit: parenting.com)
This recipe is simple and tasty and if the texture of zucchini has been a stopping-point in getting your kids to try the vegetable, well, this deliciously topped version will bring those walls right down. These are delicious - heck, anything with some baked parmesan is, amirite?? (Credit: skinnyms.com)
All you need to know here is if a banana is good, a topped, frozen banana is WAY better and your kiddos are sure to think so, too. Depending on what topping you put on these (chocolate, peanut butter, fruit, etc.) these can be healthy and tasty, too. (Credit: skinnyms.com)
This one's pretty straightforward and healthy, but it's all about presentation. Just look at this...need we say more? (Credit: kidskubby.com)
Quinoa and dark chocolate? Yep. It's technically healthy, too. If you're anything like me, this is as appealing to adults as it is to kids. Heck, I'd be hard-pressed not to act like a kid trying to get one of these if someone was making them! (Credit: skinnyms.com)
Imagine those oh-so-tasty banana chips that we're all familiar with...but now imagine them with a bit more excitement and flavor thanks to baked-in cinnamon. The flavor of these reminds me of those cinnamon-coated almond, peanut and cashew carts that dot the New York street corners during the holidays. Trust me, eating healthy will never seem so guilty. (Credit: meatified.com)
If smoothies are a hit in your household, a brightly-colored, frozen version is sure to kick-it-up a notch. These fun smoothie pops are not only healthy, but eye-catching and just plain fun to eat. Whether a hot afternoon treat as summer winds-down or a post-dinner dessert snack, we're pretty sure your wee ones will be asking for more of these.
A decent paring knife, some radishes and olives and you've quickly turned "eat your vegetables" into "I dare you to eat those!" And what kid doesn't want to take a low-key dare like that?! These may be perfect for Halloween, but they work as great tidbits to snack on, all while keeping your kids' diet well within a nutritious realm. (Credit: skinnyms.com)
This list would just NOT be complete without a cookie component and what more appropriate addition than the all-time classic: Chocolate Chip Cookies. However, thanks to the lower amounts of sugar and use of coconut oil, these classics are a deceptively tasty update to the original recipe...but one that your tastebuds literally won't be able to detect. Why not keep the taste for your kids, but not the additional calories and fat? These are a dessert-style snack slam-dunk. *Speaking of "dunk," these truly belong as a pair with a glass of milk. Just sayin'.* (Credit: chocolatecoveredkatie.com)
These are only 10 of the numerous back to school snacks that we're falling in love with this year. What are your old favorites or even new recipes that have caught both your eye and your child's tastebuds? We want to know! And don't forget to check Pinterest for an outstanding treasure trove of recipes that are just waiting for you to try!