High Protein Snacks Keep Kids Feeling Full and Energized

Posted 09/08/2015 | By HealthCorps

Snacks help to re-energize kids, which can be especially important during a long school day. It’s easy for kids to stay physically and mentally focused and delay hunger, when they eat a snack high in protein. Protein-rich snacks will keep your child feeling full, and help to limit dramatic blood sugar swings that can be associated with a processed grain snack. Less nutritious foods that are loaded with added sugars like a pack of cookies, chips, granola and candy bars typically cause a sugar high followed by a blood sugar (and energy) slump. For a healthy snack with protein consider pairing:

• A fruit and small pack of walnuts
• A small wedge of low fat cheese and cut up vegetables
• A small Greek yogurt and berries
• Hummus or bean dip and cut up vegetables
• A rice cake and single packet of nut butter (peanut butter may be banned at your school)
• Some low fat/low sodium turkey slices and cherry tomatoes
• Roasted soy nuts and a fruit
• A banana and small single-serve pack of nut butter

Other protein-rich foods include lentils, kidney beans, skim milk, hard-boiled egg, pumpkin and squash seeds. These ideas are also perfect for teens, moms who are on-the-go, or a working mom who needs a quick and healthy pick-me-up during a long work day.

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