Meals and Snacks to Make “Back To School” Easier

It’s time for parents to rejoice, the kiddos are headed back to school! We all know that “time crunch” of getting the kids up, dressed, fed, and off to school WITH a nutritious lunch in hand – it’s like a race. I appeared on WBAL to share food ideas to make getting back in the school grove easier and healthier. Be sure to check out the segment clips below–I’ve even got after school snacks and dinner covered too!

Power Up with Peanut Butter

Including foods like peanut butter in your “quick and easy” breakfasts helps make sure your child’s day kicks off in a nutritious way and keeps them satisfied until lunchtime. Peanuts are a “superfood” with more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients.  Spread peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel, English muffin, or toast, stir peanut butter in a smoothie, like this Blueberry Peanut Smoothie, or top off your waffles for a quick and easy serving of protein in the morning. blueberry-smoothie-largeProtein is essential for growing children and with seven grams per ounce, peanuts have more protein than any other nut.

Peanut butter is a great vehicle for other foods too. 64 percent of children said they’d eat more fruits and vegetables when served with their favorite peanut butter dip. Try pairing with baby carrots, celery and jicama sticks or apple and pear slices.  Great ideas for breakfasts, school lunch box, or after school snacks.For more recipe ideas visit the National Peanut Board.

Make Taking Your Morning Vitamins Easy and Delicious

As parents sometimes getting the kids to eat their veggies can feel like a “food fight.” Make it easier by working Gummy Vite 190ctVF_MVPlus_HSNwith their food preferences (keep trying those veggies and fruits, it can take time) and include a daily multivitamin for kids (and your peace of mind). Say bye-bye to those hard-to-swallow pills! L’il Critters GummyVites are delicious, convenient, and easy to take, you don’t even need water. They have a flavorful taste kids love – a perfect fusion of health and enjoyment!

L’il Critters gets it color from plants, fruits, and vegetables and they have natural flavors. You’ll have the peace of mind that they provide a blend of essential vitamins and minerals to support kids growth and development. L’il Critters also comes in Immune C Plus Zinc & Echinacea to support immune health.

Parents need to be sure they’re getting all the nutrients they need, too! Vitafusion delivers nutrition in a delicious gummy form for adults, making it easy and enjoyable for them to cover their bases, as well. Visit for more info on how to add a does of health and enjoyment to your day.

Pack Nutritious Snacks in the Lunchbox

Send the kids to school with a nutritious sandwich or wrap. I love tuna salad, egg salad, and the classic “PBJ”. The sides and snacks you send can be a great way to get fruits and vegetables. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol, no added sugar, California Raisins come by their sweetness naturally. Plus they have fiber, potassium and iron, too. Peanut_Butter_Pretzel_Raisin_Snack_Mix_876x328Convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. Try them on their own or in one of the recipes from Love Your Raisins like the honey nut mix, crunchy cinnamon mix, peanut butter pretzel, or the cocoa peanut raisin mix. California Raisins have a great giveaway happening on their Facebook page for Back To School, so if you love raisins check it out!

Make Easy Dinners Delicious and Nutritious

I found an option that kids will love and parents can feel good about. It’s new Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese! Thpirates booty mac and cheeseis is a great choice for families looking to upgrade their mac-n-cheese because Pirate’s Booty mac-n-cheese offers quality ingredients:

  • organic wheat pasta
  • real cheese
  • and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

This dish is a good source of calcium offering 10-percent of the daily value and protein, with 9g-10g per serving. You can get Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese in four varieties – my favorites are the shells with aged white cheddar and the traditional elbows with mild cheddar! I like to pair it with a simple side of roasted broccoli or any vegetables the kids will eat – and all kids love Pirates so you’ll be good. Be sure to visit Pirate Brands website and Facebook page for more creative meal and snack ideas!

caramel_biteUpgrade Your Sweets

Let’s be honest, sometimes you want “something sweet” after a meal and you crave chocolate more than fruit. I’m all for using fruit as a sweet treat, but I think it’s better to satisfy a “candy craving” with moderation rather than policing it out of your eating.

I love Rickland Orchards Greek on the go! Bites – these are Greek yogurt coated, bite-size snacks in resealable pouches, so you can take your handful portion, reseal the bag, and enjoy your snack.

This is a great way to “upgrade” those candy bars or bites with delicious sweet treats made with real Greek yogurt imported from Europe. These two new flavors, Strawberry Fruit and Caramel Bites, offer a delicious indulgence in a convenient, on-the-go snack. Visit Rickland Orchards to learn more about these delicious snack treats.

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to@ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite back to school tips and recipes for keeping the kiddos healthy and happy.

Disclosures: I was compensated by Pirate’s Booty, L’il Critters, Rickland Orchards, California Raisins, and National Peanut Board for my work on the TV segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

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