Nutrition Experts

Nutritious backpack snacks
Question:
My kids go straight from class to after–school activities. What are some snacks I can tuck in their backpacks to keep them fueled up until dinner?

Answer:
Kids need fuel for after–school activities, but make sure that snacks are nutritious, not just sweets or another treat. Nutritious snacks give them energy to make it through activities like club meetings, sports practice, dance class and piano lessons. Portable options like these are great backpack additions:
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Shelf stable fruit cup or applesauce (don't forget the spoon!)
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Whole–grain cereal bar or low–fat granola bar
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Peanut butter on whole–grain crackers or a mini cinnamon–raisin bagel
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Whole–grain pretzels
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"Energy mix" made with bite–size shredded wheat, peanuts and raisins