Everyone loves a good snack now and then. With summer still in full swing, outdoor activities can leave kids craving a little energy boost. Most parents are eager to cut out the sugary snacks and replace them with healthy alternatives, but that only works if your kids will eat the replacements! Here are five healthy snack alternatives you can buy or make at home in place of traditional store-bought snacks with questionable ingredients.
1. Fruit Leather
Homemade fruit leather is surprisingly easy to make with or without a food dehydrator, and can be made with the fruit of your choice! HereÕs a recipe we found: Fruit Leather | Apple Cinnamon, Strawberry, and Pear
2. Homemade Granola Bars
Granola bars offer a lasting energy source, and are much healthier than candy bars or cookies. Stop by Tidal Creek to see our selection of granola and fruit bars, or buy some of our bulk granola blends and make your own bars at home! Click here to see the 5 Foods You Should Always Buy In Bulk.
3. Trail Mix
You donÕt need to be on the trail to enjoy the benefits of trail mix. Many prepacked trail mixes contain preservatives and additional food coloring, but you can keep yours all natural by making it at home or purchasing organic, all-natural, pre-made mixes with clean ingredients. You can also get creative and mix your own trail mix using Tidal CreekÕs bulk item selections, which has some of the best priced organic bulk foods in Wilmington. This way you will snack easy knowing exactly what your kids are eating.
4. Baked Veggie Chips
Chips are an easy snack, but most are fried and covered in way too much salt and oil. Try baked fruit or veggie chips as a healthy alternative, either store-bought or homemade. Kale chips, for example, are quick and easy to make.These can be a great way to sneak fruits and vegetables into your kidsÕ diet!
5. Organic Juice Boxes
Many juice and milk boxes contain a lot of added sugars and preservatives. Whenever possible, buy organic and natural juice instead of the popular corn syrup based types. R.W. Knudsen Organic Juice Boxes from Tidal Creek this month and get two four-packs for $5. For more healthy snack and lunch ideas for your kids, see whats on sale with our Back To School Deals!
Tidal Creek is a great place to find organic, healthy snacks for you and your family! Click to download our free e-book, The Economic Impact of Co-ops, and learn about how shopping at your local Co-op can benefit your health and your community!