These quick, easy, and actually delicious better-for-you snacks will ensure they never reach into the cabinet for a handful of greasy chips ever again. Plus, you'll get some time back to spend doing what really matters – falling asleep on the couch while they catch you up on their day.
1. Frozen Coconut-Sugared Grapes
For a quick energy boost, something sugary is too often the go-to. Ditch the refined sugar and empty calories of sports drinks, fruit snacks, and whatever other high fructose nonsense is too easy to grab in moments of desperation. Grapes have powerful antioxidants (called polyphenols), and they're heart healthy and anti-inflammatory – that's a small and mighty snack!
Here's how to make them:
2. Grown-Up "Lunchable"
A portable cheese plate? Yes, please! But the ready-to-go ones you can find in the refrigerator aisle are often overly-processed and lacking the nutrients and protein you're looking for. Here's how to make a healthier, yummier version that will make a great add-on to any bag lunch.
Pro Tip: you can make a handy container with separate compartments by placing the cauli-crackers in a mason jar and the cheese and meat cubes in a washed plastic fruit cup rested on top of the rim. Screw on the lid to secure the fruit cup container. This is also a great way to transport salad and salad dressing separately!
3. Cauliflower-Crust Pizza
Skip the prep entirely and keep a variety of CAULIPOWER pizzas in your freezer for those standing-at-the-counter dinners. Kids are notoriously picky even through high school, so All-Natural Uncured Pepperoni and Three Cheese are safe bets. Lower in calories, fat, sugar, and sodium than the other gluten-free and traditional frozen pizzas out there, but with more vitamins, nutrients, and real pizza taste.
4. Vegan Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Popcorn
When you're craving something with that perfect combination of salty and sweet, a handful of this amazingly decadent, yet healthy popcorn will do the trick. We love the daily plant-based wellness inspiration from blogger, Earthy Andy. Her Salted Caramel Popcorn recipe is a vegan dream, and it's great packed with a lunch or out on the table for an after-school study session.
Feeling 2 caul 4 school yet?