Some children seem to have limitless hunger. They can eat several times a day and they still complain about being ravenously hungry. This is because your kids are growing in so many ways, and their growing bodies and minds need lots of nourishment. Unfortunately, there may be times when your children are eating without your supervision. Lunch and snack time at school can present opportunities for your kids to stray from your Paleo guidance.
If there is any period of time when your children are at home alone after school before you arrive from work, this is another opportunity for non-Paleo eating. As long as you are making healthy, nutritious, and delicious snacks your kids will love, they will turn to these healthy and filling alternatives to unhealthy, sugar-filled, preservative-laden and toxic snacks. Here are a few examples of healthy Paleo snacks you can make for your kids.
Lunch Meat Roll-Ups
Some clean, Paleo-approved lunchmeats accompanied by lettuce, thin tomato slices, and/or mustard, hummus, or Paleo mayo makes a protein-packed and filling snack. Obviously, this is a snack which needs to be refrigerated before eating. Place in your child’s lunchbox with a freezer pack or keep in your fridge for when your child arrives home with a hungry belly.
Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make, offer a low cost per serving, and are versatile health boosters. Aside from being packed with what nutritionists call a “perfect protein”, eggs deliver selenium, zinc, iron, copper, vitamin D, and vitamin B6 and B12. Hard-boiled eggs are portable and filling and oh so good for you.
Take 2 cups of mangoes and 2 cups of peaches, fresh or frozen. Peel and chop them. Add 3 tablespoons of Paleo-approved honey and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water. Finely dice or shred a quarter cup of fresh mint leaves. Simmer over medium heat until your fruit is tender, and then mix in a blender or food processor. Pour them into BPA-free, reusable Zipzicle bags (available on Amazon) and freeze for healthy, Paleo-friendly alternatives to highly processed and sugar-filled popsicles. You can alternatively use any combination of your favorite fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Line muffin tins as if you are going to make traditional muffins. Instead of muffin mix, add a mixture of whipped eggs and your favorite Paleo-approved ingredients, such as the healthy fruits and vegetables you love. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven. These egg muffins can be made with a virtually limitless number of ingredients, and they make healthy, filling snacks your kids can take to school or enjoy at home after school.
“Fill in the Blank” Berry Fruit Roll-Ups
Add 1 to 1.5 pints of your favorite berry or berries to 7 or 8 finely crushed mint leaves. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of honey and a dash of lime or lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth and consistent. Bake for 5 hours in a preheated 170° oven on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the mixture is spread out evenly. Let cool for 30 to 45 minutes after baking. Cut into long strips, roll up, and store in an airtight container.,