Unhealthy school snacks can negatively impact a child’s concentration, energy levels and overall scholastic performance. We, at myWholeLife, want to help you make sure your children do their absolute best at school, and we created this easy Swap-This-for-That list to help you do just that! Head over to our Pinterest page to view this blog as an infographic.
Potato Chips for Kale Chips
Kale chips are not only delicious; they are also high in fibre and low in calories and unhealthy fats (unlike potato chips). Kale chips are also an excellent source of the antioxidant-dense vitamins A, C and K.
Cookies for Apples Drizzled with Almond Butter
Cookies are high in refined carbohydrates and sugar – both of which can cause blood sugar fluctuations, which can negatively impact mood and concentration. An apple with raw almond butter will provide a steady source of energy because it is loaded with fiber, healthy fat and protein.
Fruit Rollups for Unsweetened Apple Rings
Although they’re both high in sugar, apple rings are a much healthier choice because they contain trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, plus fibre and chromium to keep blood sugar levels stable. Rings with the skin on also contain pectin which helps prevent hunger (which can lead to poor school performance).
Pretzels for Veggies and Hummus
Veggies and hummus are an easy and delicious way to sneak veggies into your children’s diets and the hummus provides its own set of nutritional benefits — including fibre, protein and omega-3 fats which play an important role in cognitive and behavioral function.
Dunkaroos for Fruit and Yoghurt Dip
Sliced up fruits such as mangos, peaches and pineapples, dipped into unsweetened Greek yoghurt will provide all the fun of dipping but without all of the sugar found in snack packs such as Dunkaroos. Plus fruit is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and yoghurt is a good source of protein and calcium, as well as probiotics (which support both gut and brain health).
For some great kid-friendly meal swaps, check out our Free Health Report. It’s as easy as (A) choosing you main area of concern, (B) checking off “kid-friendly” and (C) indicating any food allergies or intolerances. And, just in time for back-to-shool, you’ll get a free health report plus 1-day meal plan just for your kids (and you will love it to, we promise!)