- Bananas (So affordable, filling, and kids love them!)
- A Whole Apple or Apple slices
- Edamame (sprinkle with Sea Salt)
- Sliced Bell Peppers
- Make sure to add a dipping sauce for more flavor! Choose a yogurt based ranch or even hummus!
- Raisins & sunflower seeds
- Raisins, pretzels & dark chocolate
- Raisins over yogurt (also add some berries & honey!)
Raisins are a great snack and easy to transport. They are also good to store all day at room temperature so eat them whenever you’re hungry!
Many schools have their own policy for peanuts and nuts in general. If your child is a peanut butter lover, try Sun Butter. It tastes almost exactly like Peanut Butter yet it’s made from Sunflower Seeds. Kids love it! This is also good for children who are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Send a piece of toast with a thin layer of SunButter and you’ve got yourself a hearty little snack.
Veggies can be tough snacks to pack depending on what time of day your child eats snack. For earlier in the day, stick to fruits and other goods, leave the veggies for the afternoon.
Slow Food recommends purchasing as much locally sourced and sustainably grown food as possible. Organic is a good way to shop, but more importantly- do you know where it comes from? Do you know your farmer that grew it? Is the food you eat contributing to a healthy world, healthy local community, and healthy you? We recommend shopping at local farms and farmers markets, getting to know your local farmers and foragers, and really finding out where your food comes from.
See Local Farms to find out more about sourcing locally.
When buying organic food, there are 2 categories to know about- the “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15.”
“Dirty Dozen” refers to foods that are heavily sprayed when grown conventionally, and carry a heavy pesticide residue after harvesting. These foods are the most critical to purchase organic. In recent years, the list has grown to more than the original 12 items. These lists are updated annually according to changes in crops and agriculture practices.
- Sweet Bell Peppers and Hot Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Collard Greens
- Fatty Meats
“Clean 15” refers to foods that show the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination. When being organic foods, these 15 are the least critical to purchase organic. These lists are updated annually according to changes in crops and agriculture practices.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Sweet Potatoes
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