HEALTHY MEAL PREP: ENERGIZING SNACKS

Shake up your usual bites with these flavorful recipes.

Athletes know that planning out meals in advance is one of the keys to success in achieving wellness goals. That’s why we created our healthy meal prep series. Previously we shared tricks to make breakfast pizza and master bento boxes. This week, five dressed-up snacks that kids and parents can enjoy wherever their days take them.

Snacks can make hectic days more manageable, especially for parents. Not only do they serve up extra nutrition and energy, but they also fend off cranky kids. Most people reach for portable eats like fruit or granola bars, but you can elevate between-meal bites with unusual spices and antioxidant ingredients like edamame and goji berries.

Plus, just like adults, kids eat with their eyes first, says Marissa Lippert, RD, a New York City-based nutritionist and owner of Nourish Baby, a food-delivery service for parents and newborns. “These healthy snacks have vibrant pops of color and different shapes to get them excited.”

SUNDAY PREPARATIONS:

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Shop for all of the ingredients and allow two hours to cook. View the shopping list here.
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Toast the coconut flakes.

coconut flakes

FIT CHEF HOW-TO: TOAST COCONUT FLAKES

Toasting coconut enhances its nutty flavor, Lippert says. Place the flakes in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown and fragrant. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. This technique is also perfect for toasting spices and nuts.

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Prepare all snacks.


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