Quick & Healthy Back to School Snacks
Between back to school shopping and adjusting to new routines, going back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and children. There’s one thing that doesn’t have to be stressful though, and that’s food! These snacks are healthy, easy, and budget-friendly.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and choose your favorite yogurt. Perhaps Greek yogurt for extra protein, or strawberry yogurt for a little added sweetness for the kiddos. With a spatula, spread an even layer of yogurt across your cookie sheet. Add whatever toppings; berries, almonds, chocolate chips, granola, you name it. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until set. Once firm, you’re free to break up your bark into pieces and enjoy! This can also be put back into the freezer and stored for another time.
Roasted Carrot “Fries”
Have a hard time getting your little one to eat veggies? Here’s a quick solution. Preheat your oven to 350 F and slice carrots into long, thin strips. Spread your carrots evenly on a baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil. Season to your liking! Paprika, sea salt, black pepper, or even a honey glaze would pair nicely with these carrots. Bake for about 2-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Remember, the baking time will depend on how thin your carrots are sliced!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls
This is a good snack for the kiddos with a sweet tooth. You just need about 1 ¼ cup rolled oats, honey, ½ cup peanut butter, and about ½ cup of chocolate chips. Feel free to add a splash of vanilla extract as well. Combine all ingredients and mix until you have a thick consistency. Let them sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then remove them and roll them into balls. Store in the fridge or freezer. You can add other mix-ins besides chocolate chips too!
This can be either a sweet or a savory snack. You need 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) as well as olive oil and some seasonings of your choice. Preheat your oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then drain your beans and pat them dry. Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy. For your seasoning, you can mix almost anything with olive oil. Cinnamon and honey, garlic and Parmesan, the possibilities are endless. Toss your chickpeas in your seasoning, then return to the oven for about 10 minutes to get that final crisp.
Blueberry Yogurt Bites
Simply mix 1 cup of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey, then stir in blueberries. Feel free to add almonds or granola as well. Transfer your yogurt blueberries to a lined baking sheet. Let sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours, and boom!
Have Fun Snacking!
Not only are these snacks kid-friendly, adults can enjoy them too! Any of these can be prepared before bed or in the morning before work. Healthy snacking doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, so don’t let snack time stress you out this school year!