School is back in full swing! Finally! With the kids learning hard for several hours a day, they work up quite a big appetite. But with school back in session, it also brings along busy evening schedules. Many kids come home from school and head straight to piano or head directly off to soccer practice – or more! I’m not sure I’ve met an under-scheduled kid yet! Because of this, moms are in a panic and heading to Pinterest to get as many snack ideas as they can without driving themselves mad.
It’s times like these that you need to get creative with your snacks. If you have kids with food allergies, keeping them safe is your number one priority. Or your kids may have friends, teammates, or classmates with allergies and you’ll want to have allergy friendly options. In our home we use SunButter Sunflower Butter. This delicious sunflower seed spread is free from the top 8 most common food allergens. It is also free from the top 10 priority food allergens identified by Canada. That means SunButter products contain NO:
- Tree nuts
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With my hungry kids in tow, we often quickly head out the door after the bus rolls away in the afternoon. Their grumbling bellies want food and they want it now! I prepare a snack for them that not only fills their belly, but also pleases their taste buds, and is allergy friendly.
I pack the larger snacks in our portable lunch boxes. Most allergy parents have quite the collection of lunch boxes. We too have several types of portable boxes for these types of on-the-go purposes, and they’re always filled with SunButter On The Go Single Cups!
In our packed lunch boxes boxes, I try to include:
- Protein (typically from SunButter On The Go Cups – 9 grams of protein per cup)
- Something Sweet (chocolate chips are perfect topping for SunButter)
There are plenty of snacks that pair nicely with your SunButter On The Go Cups including
- Apple slices (put lemon juice on slices to prevent browning)
- Bell peppers
- Snap peas
- Basically anything that is easily picked up, dunked, or dipped into SunButter!
Variety is key when creating a satisfying snack box for the school year. My children are hungry and they need something that will satisfy that hunger without getting them all wound up on sugar or unfulfilling empty-calorie snacks. SunButter packs a nutritional punch; one serving has 7 grams of protein and more vitamin E, fiber, zinc and iron than a serving of peanut butter. This makes SunButter the perfect item to add to my kids’ snack boxes. With SunButter in their snack boxes they are fueled and ready for their extra-curricular activities!
[THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY SUNBUTTER]
Cindy Gordon is the owner and author of Vegetarian Mamma and is a foodie who loves to blog about gluten-free vegetarian/vegan recipes. Her family also focuses on foods that are peanut-, tree nut-, dairy-, and gluten-free. They’re dedicated to finding/creating recipes and products that fit their allergy needs. Cindy resides in Ohio with her husband and two boys (born in 2007 and 2010). She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, gardening, wine and cooking! Connect with her atVegetarianMamma.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.Originally posted October 2016