Fast, Fun and Fresh Food Ideas For Back to School

September is upon us! Time to gather our books, sneakers, and back to school outfits.

As we all get back to our September routines and our schedules start to become busier, it is important to ensure we are getting proper nutrients in our diets.

We have compiled some fast and fun food ideas that are nutritious and delicious. Take a peak below:

Cup O’ Veggies

In the bottom of a cup add 2 tbsp of veggie dip. Here is a recipe for a yummy homemade dip:

Herb Yogurt Dip

Herbed Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (Greek-style preferred)
  • 1 tbsp green onion (minced, white and light green parts only)
  • 3 tbsps flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (thinly-sliced)
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

Mix ingredients together and serve as dip.

Recipe courtesy of http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Herbed-yogurt-dip-361151?columns=4&position=11%2F61

Check out www.yummly.com for more healthy dip ideas.

Cup of Veggies dip

After placing a scoop of dip in the bottom of a cup slice up carrots, cucumber and celery into sticks and place it in the cup, directly in the dip. This way little fingers can grab the clean end of the sticks out and the bottom will already have dip on it.

This minimizes potential messiness.

Ants on a Log

Ants on a log

Cut your celery sticks into 2-3 inches in length. Fill the celery cavity with almond butter or peanut butter. Place raisins in almond/peanut butter as if small ants crawling on a log. (Almond butter is a good alternative to peanut butter to avoid triggering other kids with peanut allergies, and it’s full of protein)

This snack idea stays pretty fresh in a lunch bag throughout the day.

Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers

Cut up an array of different fruits strawberries, watermelon cubes, grapes. Stick 3-5 pieces on a skewer to make colourful fruit sticks.

A yogurt fruit dip can be made to accompany the fruit skewers.

Here is a fruit dip recipe:

  • 1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon

Homemade Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Simply slice a midsize potato thinly the long way into round pieces. Toss lightly in olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 425o C for 10-12 minutes or until crispy.

You can make as large a batch as you want and store for lunches throughout the week.

How about Breakfast Ideas?

Do you find that it is hard sometimes to feed your children breakfast before they leave the house? Some people have a lethargic morning appetite.

Send them off to school with Breakfast in a Jar. This can be made the night before and is easy to transport in a bag.

Breakfast in a Jar

BLUEBERRY

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats( not instant, just regular oats)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond yogurt( or coconut yogurt if nut allergy)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds,1 tsp hemp seeds, 1 tsp buckwheat( or QIA cereal from amaranth
  • or Costco sells it to)
  • 1 tsp organic maple syrup
  • Fill the rest with wild organic blueberries,

Mix all together and refrigerate.

MANGO

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats( gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond yogurt- vanilla or plain( I like vanilla)
  • 1.5 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • mangoes- frozen, organic

Mix all together and refrigerate.

CHOCOLATE BANANA

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond yogurt
  • 1.5 tsp chia seeds, 1.5 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup diced banana

Mix all together and refrigerate.

You can pretty well substitute your favorite fruit with receipies above. Get creative with ingredients your family enjoys.

Healthy Breakfasts

Another way to help with the morning appetite issue, have your kids sip warm water with lemon in the morning. This kick starts the metabolism.

What are your families favorite fast, fun and fresh snack ideas? We would love to hear!

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