Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally. campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of California Raisins used in this post and I was compensated for my time.
a state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state.
Has this word crept into your vocabulary? Are you hearing your kids use it? Moms and Dads beware, when kids get home from a long day of school, they are often ‘hangry’. But here’s the good news, healthy snacks are your weapon against ‘hanger’! And if you have a student athlete, healthy after school snacks timed before school sports practice can fight the hunger cravings of active kids, and they can also boost your kids athletic performance! Rah! Rah!
So what IS a healthy snack can you feel good about? One that will curb hunger and fuel sports performance. Smart snack choices, are not just empty calories. They’re packed with nutritious foods; like California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally. The nutrition label tells a good story: zero fat, no cholesterol, andNO ADDED SUGAR! Plus, raisins provide 9% of your daily fiber and potassium and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).
Now if you’re among the parents concerned about your kids getting excessive calories, here’s a point you’ll want to take note of. Research has shown kids eating raisins, as an after school snack, may actually consume less caloriesand may experience more satiety (feeling of fullness) when compared to other common snacks, including cookies and chips.
Delicious California Raisinsare not only a wholesome, healthy snack they’re convenient, portable and affordable. According to the USDA, raisins are the most ecomonical dried fruit. Keep them on hand and pack them into lunch boxes, gym bags or your desk drawer. Consider adding them to recipes to bring out the flavor and boost the nutritional value of simple snacks, like kid friendly banana pops with orange, raisin, sunflower seed granola.
Make these in two easy steps and don’t be shy about geting the kids involved. Start by making the granola. Then add the shell and freeze. You can do it all at once or break it up. However you do it, this after school snack will give your kids (and you) the health benefits of raisins in a frozen pop everyone will love.