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San Diego 6 - Grab 'n Go Energy Packed Snacks for Kids

Growing kids are always hungry! With an abundance of not-so-healthy convenience foods available, it’s not always easy helping our kids make smart snacking choices. has some simple, power-packed snacks that will not only please their palate, but also fuel their bodies.

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Tips to encourage healthy snacking:

1) Don’t keep junk food in the house; stock your refrigerator and pantry with healthier options.

2) Be a role model – kids watch and follow their parents’ behavior so if you are eating well and staying active, they are more likely to do so.

3) Create a kids’ snack zone in the refrigerator that is stocked with healthy and protein-packed snacks such as yogurt, fruit, veggies/ranch, cheese sticks and more. Let them choose their snack from the bin after school each day.

Simple Snack Ideas:

1) Frozen Yogurt Bananas – This has been one of my kids’ favorites the past few months because they are getting a frozen treat but it is packed with nutrients and calcium. To make, dip frozen banana pieces in vanilla Greek yogurt and store in the freezer. (demo)

2) Turkey & Cheese Roll Ups – A protein-packed punch that is so easy the kids can make it themselves. Simply unwrap a low-fat string cheese and wrap with a slice of turkey. (demo)

3) No Bake Energy Bites – Mom can make these simple, no-bake bites on the weekend and they will keep in the refrigerator all week long for easy snacking. They are made with wholesome ingredients such as oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and coconut.

4) Veggie Pinwheels – Take a whole wheat tortilla, spread with light veggie cream cheese and add thinly sliced vegetables like cucumber and carrots. Roll up and slice into pinwheels. (demo)

5) Protein Muffins – These power packed muffins will fill your little athlete’s belly until dinner and mom can make them in minutes. Line a muffin pan with thin,  lean turkey slices, salsa, egg substitute and bake for 12 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Top with  a touch of cheese.

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