And somehow, unsurprisingly, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to check everything off our ever-growing to-do list. So how can we stay in our A-game without becoming a hungrier version of the Grinch? According to Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LD, CLEC, CPT, a registered dietitian based in Charleston, one smart way is to stock up on healthy snacks that can help keep your energy levels up during the September sprint (and beyond).
Whether you’re getting ready to send the kids back to class, be the student yourself, or just getting ready to say goodbye to summer Fridays (sigh), grabbing some RD-approved back-to-school snacks. in your proverbial and literal back pocket can be your saving grace. After all, can we all agree that the “Trix are for kids” slogan is totally bogus? Snacks are definitely *not* reserved for single school-age children, in my opinion.
6 DR-approved back-to-school snacks (for kids and adults too)
Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bars (pack of 12) — $30.00
According to Manaker, these snack bars are made with a short, simple, and delicious list of healthy ingredients that are definitely DR-approved. The bars come in different flavors for kids and adults, like PB&J, and feature ingredients like gluten-free oats, creamy peanut butter and organic honey. “They’re a perfect option when you need a quick, simple and nutritious snack to throw in a lunchbox or your bag to take with the kids. Each bar offers up to eight grams of protein per bar and three grams of heart-healthy fiber,” says Manaker.
Sea Salt Popchips (pack of 12) — $14.00
If crunchy food is your love language, these crispy fries are for you. “Sea Salt Popchips are a perfect solution for both kids and adults who love the crunch of classic potato chips but want something with a little less saturated fat. Popchips are never fried and contain half the fat of fried chips,” says Manaker. Try his brilliant trick and stuff some into a sandwich for a little more crunch (IYKYK).
Mavericks Kids Double Trouble Chocolate Chip Cookies — $2.00
If a long day at work and overexerting every last cell of your brain makes you feel like Cookie Monster, these chocolate chip cookies will bring you back to life. Manaker notes that Mavericks cookies contain 40 percent less sugar than the leading brand of natural kids’ cookies, with just five grams of sugar per eight-cookie serving. “Mavericks Cookies offers the flavors kids crave, but with the ingredients they deserve. They are plant-based, certified non-GMO, and made in a nut-free facility, which means they are school safe,” he explains. PS: They also come in birthday cake flavor.
Whisps Cheese Pretzel Bites (pack of 5) — $24.00
Consider this the modern Chex Mix we didn’t know we needed…until now. “These convenient snacks combine two beloved snacks that both kids and kids at heart love: cheese and pretzels, in one bite,” says Manaker, and she’s certainly not wrong. Seriously, we can never be too old for a pretzel from Aunt Anne. And when you can’t run through the mall to pick up one of those giant pretzels, these Cheese Pretzel Bites will hit the spot. Plus, they’re packed with six grams of protein per serving and plenty of calcium, thanks to the number one ingredient on the list, *swoon* cheese.
Brainiac Brain Butter (Pack of 20) — $35.00
In my opinion, anything that has brains and butter in the name is guaranteed to be a winning back-to-school snack. According to Manaker, this healthy, protein-packed almond butter is packed with nutrients that support brain health, like choline, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they come in convenient, single-serving pouches perfect for dipping apples, crackers, or (let’s be honest) a spoon. He also says that his chocolate-flavored nut butter is the perfect substitute for sugarier hazelnut spreads.
Real Food Cauliflower Crackers From The Ground (Pack of 6) — $24.00
Okay, okay, and if Cheez-Its is your ride-or-die snack, these “cheesy” squares will definitely hit the spot, especially for those following a plant-based diet. Manaker says they’re a must-have in her house because they’re super satiating and made with certified vegan ingredients like cauliflower and cassava.
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