GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It's a new school year, and along with it comes a great opportunity for a fresh start in the type of foods you send with kids to school.
Kowalski' Nutritionist Sue Moores joined KARE 11 Sunrise to give you a hand during this hectic week, with some easy, healthy snack ideas.
• Choose foods from 2-3 different food groups. Benefit: a diverse number of nutrients from a variety of foods.
• Make sure one of those groups a fruit or a vegetable. Choose whole produce over juices. There's much more to be gained on the health front.
• Carbs are A-OK. Pick whole grains for better energy. Highly processed, typical snack foods offer a surge of energy, then a quick crash. Whole grains include breads, crackers, cereals or snack bars whose first grain ingredients in the ingredient list are "whole" ones.
• Put protein in the mix. It gives a snack staying power by slowing the release of energy from the other foods you eat. Think string cheese, cottage cheese, lean beef or turkey jerky, nuts or nut butter, hummus or other bean dishes.
• Select a drink that matters. Water's great, as is lower fat milk and unsweetened or lightly sweetened teas. Steer clear of caffeinated drinks after noon. It makes for a less restful night of sleep. Skip artificially colored and sweetened beverages.
• Close the snack kitchen 2 hours before the next main meal. That way kids come to the table hungry to eat the good things you'll be being serving.
Take-a-long Trail Mix
2 cups Quaker Oatmeal Squares of Kashi Autumn Wheat or Cinnamon Harvest Squares
1/2 cup Kowalski's Roasted and Salted Almonds or pistachios
1/2 cup golden raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries or other favorite dried fruit
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/4 cup Kowalski's roasted and salted pepitas
1/4 cup Kowalski' Roasted and Salted Organic Soy Nuts
In large zipper-closure food storage bag, combine all ingredients.
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