Simple snack ideas to help you power through the day

Whether it’s back to school or back to the office, we all need a little boost to get us through the day. Rather than buying pricey, sugary treats that give you a quick energy boost followed by a steep crash, try these easy-to-prepare, healthy snacks.

Fresh fruit
It’s hard to beat sweet and juicy fruit as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Conversely, there’s nothing worse than biting into a bruised and browned banana or apple. So be careful how you pack your fruit.

If you’re going to make a homemade fruit salad, include some citrus fruits in the mix or add a squirt of lemon juice to prevent browning. Slice kiwis in half, and pack with a spoon for you or your children to scoop the fruit right out of the skin.

Veggies and dip
Vegetables are typically on the list of things we should eat more. While many of us are happy with the crunch of carrot or celery sticks on their own, packing some dip to go with the veggies will make it more likely for others, especially children, to dig in. Consider making your own yogurt-based dips at home so you can control the ingredients, or blend your own hummus.

Pre-popped popcorn
For something that’s a little different but doesn’t pack all the preservatives of a bag of chips, make a batch of popcorn and seal it in an airtight bag or container. For a burst of flavour, add some salt or dried powder from your favourite dip mix.

Support those in need
Unfortunately, not every family has the resources to send their children to school with nutritious snacks – if anything at all. Organizations such as Canadian Feed The Children provide in-school meals and snacks for children around the world, including 30 Indigenous communities right here in Canada.

Learn more about the organization and how you can support at canadianfeedthechildren.ca

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