Many parents want a quick and easy option for snacks to send to school, and with many schools enforcing rules about peanut-free snacks, it adds more complication to finding healthy snacks. To make things even easier, here is a simple list of doctor-approved healthy snacks, and download the list too!
“Food impacts how well a child’s brain works, affecting their moods and abilities … In a child’s brain, junk food can cause neurotransmitters, which pass along information, to function improperly. Smart foods, however, allow information to be processed correctly and help the child function at their optimal level.” -Dr. Sears, one of America’s most renowned pediatricians
Vegetables Asparagus Avocado Carrots Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Kale chips Peppers (all varieties) Snap Peas
Fruits Apple Applesauce (unsweetened) Apricots Avocado Bananas Organic Berries (all types) Organic Cherries Cherry Tomatoes Kiwi Lemon Mango Melon (all varieties) Nectarines Papaya Peaches Pears Pineapple Plums Prunes Raisins and other dried fruits (unsweetened)
Protein Greek Yogurt Hard Boiled Eggs
Grains Rice cakes
Sweeteners (use sparingly only when needed) Honey Brown rice syrup Fruit sweetener Molasses Stevia
Nuts and seeds (if your school allows) Almonds Cashews Flaxseed Hazelnuts Olives Pecans Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds Sunflower seeds Walnuts
Healthy Dip Choices Apple Butter Hummus Greek yogurt with a touch a maple syrup Guacamole
Healthier Processed Food Choices Dried vegetables Green beans Sweet Potato chips Bagel bites Gluten Free Chex Granola Healthy Potato chips (white, red and sweet)
Print off the poster of peanut-free snacks and put it on your fridge or bring it to your school!
CREDENTIALS: Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.