We’re just a few days into homeschooling for the year, and it’s surprising how little the day to day routine has changed so far.
One of my goals for the school year is to put a higher focus on healthy lunches and snacks. Being home with the kids all day most days might seem like it leaves plenty of room for healthy snacking, but I find the opposite to be true. Instead of packing something healthy and heading out the door, we’re faced with the full arsenal of our kitchen at our disposal. If an unhealthy craving hits, there it is just waiting to be consumed.
I almost always serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with fruit to the kids for lunch. While I’m pretty happy with this combo, I’d like to have a little more variety for the kids. I feel like it’s important to have protein, whole grains, and a little bit of sweet to satisfy and provide energy for the next few hours. Snacks during the day are generally something crunchy or salty like crackers or pretzels. That way they get the satisfaction of munching on something for a while without consuming too many calories and I don’t have to worry about too much of a mess if they’re walking around with it. I like to put snacks like these in an individual snack cup for each kid so that it’s portioned out. When it’s gone it’s gone and they don’t get to complain about it. It’s important to choose what they snack on carefully because artificial colors and sweeteners can easily creep in.
One of my new favorite ways to make healthy lunches and snacks more exciting is ordering from NatureBox. When you join NatureBox, you’ll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want (from their catalog of over 100 exciting options!) or be surprised by their carefully curated selections. The best part is each food offered is carefully sourced, nutritionist approved, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. Oh, and they deliver it right to your door. Hallelujah.
I can’t believe the variety offered by NatureBox. The catalog is bursting with every snacky flavor you might be craving. Jeron is generally suspicious of “healthy” snacks and was very surprised to find these tasted as good (if not better) than the usual packaged junk food. His favorite was the guacamole bites, which were super crunchy, corny, and satisfying.
I loved the seaweed rice pops. They have that great umami flavor that seaweed offers, while still giving you a crispy mouthful.
The kids were all over these coconut date energy bites. I think they would eat them until they were gone if I let them. They’re sweet and chewy and the coconut keeps them from being too sticky on little fingers.
Oh that right there? Dark cocoa nom noms. I might have hidden these for myself after the first time we tried them. They’re the perfect chocolate bite to satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal. And they’re healthy. I mean, come on.
I went out on a limb picking the dried figs because it’s not something I’ve had before. The texture was definitely new to me, and I’m not sure I would enjoy just snacking on them straight out of the bag. I want to try slicing them up on a pizza with goat cheese and caramelized onions. That’s one of the things I love about the food you get from NatureBox, a lot of it can be incorporated into meals. (Remember this pasta? Use the lemon pistachios from NatureBox! It’s the only place I’ve ever found them.)
What are your favorite back to school snacks?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.