Smoothies: A great way to get protein, fruit, and vegetables into their stomachs! You can add just about anything to a blender and create something delicious. Start with a good base like almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk – whatever you prefer. Then to it add a dash of vanilla or almond extract, a dash of cinnamon, 1-2 scoops of chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder. To this, you can also add any of the following optional ingredients: 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of a nut butter, 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, or 1/4 cup of uncooked oats. For flavor, include half a banana and then add any fruit of choice such as, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, Goji berries, melon – or whatever is in season. You can also sneak in a few spinach or kale leaves (remove the fibrous ribs).

· Dried fruit: A great snack that most kids will eat! The stores all carry so many varieties – from dried apples, mangos, pineapple rings, to peaches. See if you can find them with no sugar added. You can also find sliced fresh coconut or fruit spears already cut, in your frozen fruit section. For convenience, have your fruit already sliced and in a Ziploc bag ready to grab. If your kids have to take the time to wash and prepare the fruit, they will probably not eat it.

Tip: add 1 scoop chocolate protein powder to almond butter for dipping. (Buy the 2oz plastic containers from your box store and pack them alongside the sliced fruit.)

· Real Fruit: Instead of adding jam or jelly to your nut butter sandwich, add the actual fruit. Put sliced bananas, strawberries or whole blueberries on your peanut butter or almond butter sandwich. If your kids like it sweet, add a drizzle of honey.

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