Lunch boxes all packed up with nutrients for the day could be relatively easy if you are food prepping during the school year because, you know, schedules! We need to be certain places at certain times, so we are forced to plan. But what about the summer?
I am all about lazy summer mornings, poolside or running around a neighborhood park. The kids staying up later than normal until the sun sets on the beach. With a lack of schedule does come a bit of grab-n-go eating habits, which I do not dig as much as the rest of what summer brings.
How can we keep having fun and making sure our little one's nutrition is optimal? Below are 3 power-filled snack ideas. Add one per day (or more!) and keep at least their vitamins and minerals on schedule!
• Ants On A Log - circa 2018 means switching up the nut butters and raisins so we get a variety of different nutrients and protein amounts. Also, the more tastes we add to our children's palettes, the better! Each time we go to the store, we buy a different type - sunflower seed, almond, cashew, etc. Make sure they are all organic since nuts and seeds are often heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown genetically modified! Celery, butter, raisins. Try dried cranberries, goji berries or blueberries as well!
• Smoothie Bowls - my boys have been drinking smoothies since right after nursing so they are used to them, BUT they were also getting bored, which I totally get! How to upgrade? Pour it in a bowl, add fresh fruit and a spoon. If you have a NutriBullet, blend for only about 30 seconds so it's a bit thicker. Add chia seeds, berries, coconut flakes, cinnamon, whatever you like!
• Raisin Protein Balls - make these fresh each week as they will last for 7 days in an airtight container.
1 cup raisins, soaked
1 cup coconut flour
1 scoop vanilla plant based protein powder (I prefer hemp or pea)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup ground flax seed
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse until well mixed. Spoon into bite-sized balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. This will allow the balls to stiffen.
Simple and fun, right? And when all else fails, pick some seasonal fruit + vegetables and shove them in your beach bag with nuts, seeds, dried chickpeas, dried fruit (no sugar added) and avocados with S+P! The more you introduce your kids to whole foods, the less likely they are to continuously crave processed foods. Palettes (even ones wrecked by Goldfish or Doritos) can be completely saved if given the time.
HAPPY SUMMER, MAMAS!