Snacks

Apple Muesli Balls

These easy-to-make treats serve double duty as either a snack or a breakfast option when paired up with a smoothie or some scrambled eggs. If you’re traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season, tuck a few of these Apple Muesli Balls in your bag for a quick snack that will kick your sweet tooth to the curb and fill you up at the same time.

When I bake, I try to pack in extra protein, fat, and fiber to make my baked goods more nutritious and satisfying. I drew inspiration for these treats from the classic concept of muesli, which is really just nothing more than oats, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit served with milk or yogurt. To add a little texture and extra sweetness, I added grated apple to the muesli balls. You could also try grated carrots (or zucchini when it’s in season).

Lord knows the last thing we need this time of year is another baked good recipe, but I think you’ll find that these treats are healthier than most. If you have company coming into town around the holidays, tuck a few muesli balls in the freezer and you’ll have a quick grab-and-go snack at the ready at all times.

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Have a Ball with Back to School Lunches | Nut-Free Protein Snacks

A Collection of Healthy Nut Free Protein Packed Snack Balls perfect for Your Kids Lunchbox from thebalancedplatter

My kids favorite lunchbox snacks are ”Energy Balls.” They request them weekly and I am happy to oblige because they are so simple to make and full of great healthy fat, protein, and fiber. These little guys will help keep your kids going through their busy day at school.

These protein balls are also great for getting little helpers in the kitchen. Requiring only a food processor, you really just put the ingredients in the machine and process until a doughy mixture forms. My kids love to help and we take turns as to who gets to turn the food processor ON (because that is a big deal apparently)! Our food processor is quite safe with several safety features making it pretty difficult for the kids to hurt themselves, and I am always there supervising.

I was looking around online for some different nut-free options and decided I would share what I found with you. We don’t tolerate nuts in my house, and I know a lot of schools are now nut-free. I have gathered a bunch of nut-free recipes, but I have found that you can switch up any recipe you find that uses nuts by replacing them with the same amount of seeds; such as these Banana Bread Protein Bites.
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On-the-Go School Breakfasts–and Breakfast Cookies!

I know we don’t really want to think about it, but it’s almost time for back to school. For most of us, it can be difficult to fit in a tasty, hearty, and healthy breakfast on the best of days, but throw in the mad morning rush before classes, packing up homework and backpacks, being sure that both shoes are on and secured—well, suddenly the breakfast relay challenge seems even more daunting.

One of my favorite ways to break the fast with a quick and nutritious meal is the ever-popular smoothie. Kids will lap these up if the fruit quotient slightly outweighs the veggie one.  And while smoothies can be fantastic (they can even be sipped during the drive to school!), there are also other options for yummy and nutrient-dense foods you can grab on the go—yet will still appeal to the younger students in your house.
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Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles

When hot weather rolls around we like to make popsicles.  Lots and lots of them.  They are the treat of choice after a romp in the sprinkler, while reading a book in the shade, or after a soccer game.  To make this batch of popsicles, I combined coconut water with seasonal fruit to make an extra refreshing treat.  The natural sweetness of coconut water pairs beautifully with so many flavors!

There are three kids in the house, so I mixed three different flavors of their choosing: Coconut Water-Wild Berry, Coconut Water-Pineapple, and Mixed Berry with Coconut Water. The coconut water used for the mixed berry had bits of coconut pulp in it which made a delicious addition. I can’t wait to try coconut water popsicles with mango, strawberry, melons or peaches.

Kids can help with each step of this recipe. My youngest even picked the mulberries and blackberries for the Wild Berry pops. Children can crush the fruit or add full berries to the popsicle molds, measure, pour, stir, help fill the popsicle molds, and insert the sticks.
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