We’ve all been there. It’s afternoon pick-up and you have a hungry child who needs to get to soccer practice on time.While many centers offer apples or oranges (or both) at pick-up, the team behind the Grow Happy program came up with a list of other healthy snacks that are both kid-friendly and easy to eat on-the-go. Share these ideas with your time-crunched families, or get your Cooking Adventures class to help with preparing some of these foods for other classes. With a very small commitment to planning, we can feel good about warding off hunger with nutritional artillery.
- Tortilla rolls: Roll your favorite dried fruits with peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla for an easy, portable snack. Rolled tortillas are also great vessels for peanut butter and jelly, and turkey and cheese.
- Peel before you go: Peel an orange, apple or banana before you get in the car for less fuss, less mess.
- No fork needed: Provide fruits and veggies that are easy to eat without a fork like grapes, blueberries, apple slices, baby carrots or snap peas.
- Stock your car: Keep small packs of raisins, dried fruit or granola bars in your car so you can grab and go.
- Personalized travel containers make eating vegetables fun: find a travel container with a child’s favorite character or theme to get them excited about their special snack. Better yet, get creative and plan a class art project for children to decorate their own containers!
Looking for more healthy eating ideas? Check out the Grow Happy blog.