Sep 3, 2015

Backpack Snacks: Budget Friendly Foods on the Go [INFOGRAPHIC]

This month's guest post is frrom FoodInsight.Org

We know the kiddo's are heading back to school. It's always a great idea to keep a list of snack and lunch ideas handy. We do encourage you to use handy reusable containers for your lunches to reduce waste. One of our favorites is Bentgo boxes.

The summer is winding down. Backpacks are filled, brand new notebooks, pens and pencils. But how good are backpacks at transporting your child's snacks to school? To keep that thirst for knowledge going all day, students need to keep themselves full and focused. Turns out, there are plenty of nutritious options to stuff in their knapsack. 

  • Trail mix is bite-sized and packed with protein & healthful fats   tweet
  • Add a handful of chocolate chips to your trail mix for a sweet boost of antioxidants   tweet
  • Cereal cups are easy to grab and go with ready made portions   (You can also use reusable containers to fill with nutritious cereal and granola.)
  • The fiber, protein, and whole grains in cereal cups keep kids feeling full   tweet
  • Cereal cups can be eaten with or without milk 
  • Top celery or carrots with nut butter, sprinkle with dried fruit like raisins to make Ants on a Log   tweet
  • Ants on a Log are fun for kids to make on their own!  tweet
  • Portable snack packs offer lots of different options in your grocery aisle 
  • Make your own portable snack packs by stacking turkey, ham, or pepperoni with cheese on whole wheat crackers   tweet
  • Yogurt cups, tubes, and smoothies are excellent source of protein & calcium   tweet
  • Yogurt cups, tubes, and smoothies are perfect for an energy boost before afternoon activity   tweet
  • Yogurt cups, tubes, and smoothies last up to 4 hours without refrigeration   tweet
5 Budget friendly foods that will survive a backpack and provide on-the-go nutrition (tweet) ensuring kids get the fuel they need without the muss or fuss
Trail Mix
Ants on a Log
Portable Snack Packs
Yogurt Cups, Tubes, & Smoothies
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