Quick and Easy Snacks to Pack for Back to School

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015

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Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to junk food. When cruising down the grocery store aisles, skip the usual class clown snacks like overly processed chips and cookies. Instead, send your kids off to their afterschool activities with smart whole-food snacks like pistachios, a quick and easy way to fuel their nutrition away from home. You can also try making afternoon snack time a fun activity by pairing in-shell pistachios with other favorite foods that your little one can crack and create themselves.

Here are our top reasons pistachios get an honor roll award:

  • Extra Credit Nutrition: Not only do pistachios have a delicious, savory crunch – a healthier alternative to chips – they are also a good source of nutrition. Containing six grams of plant-powered protein and three grams of fiber per one-ounce serving, this smart snack nut can help keep your little scholars focused in class by taming those growling tummies between meals.1
  • Bite-sized Fun: These little green nuts are the perfect size for tiny hands, and cracking open each shell turns snack time into a fun game. As an added bonus, leftover pistachio shells can also be used as creative material for arts and crafts. Who says you can’t play with your food?
  • Sharing is Caring: Enjoy a generous handful of 49 pistachios per serving compared to just 15 potato chips (which hardly seems enough for a snack).1 It’s easy for your child to share this crave-able nut with friends so there’s plenty of crunchy goodness to go around.

Whip up these A+ pistachio pairings in no time:

Hello Nature 1

In-shell pistachios + apple slices + mini cheese wheel

My Gluten Free Kitchen 3

In-shell pistachios + dried cranberries + whole-grain crackers

Mamabzz 2

In-shell pistachios + blueberries + cheese cubes

To help you get ready for back to school snacking, we’re selecting 10 lucky winners to receive a FREE bag of pistachios on our Facebook page! You just have to comment on the Facebook post telling us your favorite back to school pistachio pairing, here: http://on.fb.me/1SOGIeJ.

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References
1 U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27.