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Crunchy Delight: Fuel Your Kids with the Perfect After-School Snack Combo!

After a long day at school, kids need a nutritious and energy-boosting snack to keep them going until dinner. Don’t reach for chips or protein bars, instead choose this yummy nutritious snack: date and apple slice combo. 

This delightful and healthy combo stands out as a real treat, and it’s convenient and easy for parents to make.  

Here are my top two favorite go-to options for dates and apples:

  1. Dip apple slices in homemade date paste (see recipe below). The date paste is delicious and sweet. It’s also super easy and fast to make so not a lot of prep time in the kitchen for busy parents.
  2. Eat dates and apples together as whole fruits. No prep time at all, but still a yummy healthy snack. 

No added sugar here!

Dates and apples bring natural sweetness to the table without the need for added sugar. This makes them an excellent choice for parents who want to provide a snack that is both sweet and healthy. The natural sugars in dates and apples provide a quick energy boost, which is perfect for replenishing the energy expended during a busy school day.

Sneak in that nutrition

Apples are an alkaline food and contain an abundant supply of vitamins. They are a great source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and helping kids feel full for longer periods. They also contain essential vitamins such as vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and Vitamin B, and they contain 50% more vitamin A than oranges.  

Never underestimate the power of an apple to promote good health. Research is confirming what mothers have known for decades – there really is a lot of truth rooted in the saying: “An apple a day helps keep the doctor away.”  Now, you have an easy way to increase your child’s consumption of apples. 

Dates are amazing for helping to keep the digestive system operating smoothly. They are rich in fiber, potassium and various vitamins, minerals and amino acids. They are anti-parasitical;  they can bind onto, destroy and sweep away parasites, yeast, mold and other fungus, heavy metals, unproductive bacteria, viruses and other unwelcome pathogens from the gut.

Together, this date and apple combination offers a powerhouse of nutrients that contribute to your kiddo’s overall well-being.

Bonus:  Convenient and Portable:

Both dates and apples are convenient and portable, making them ideal for on-the-go snacking. Parents can easily pack a handful of dates (or date paste) and apple slices in a lunchbox or snack container, ensuring that kids have a wholesome and tasty option readily available after school. This convenience factor makes it a hassle-free choice for busy families.

“Caramel” Apple Dip

I found this recipe in Anthony William’s book “Life-Changing Foods” and fell in love with it. It is super quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 6 dates, pitted

  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon

  • 1 apple sliced.

Directions

  • Blend the dates and the cinnamon with a splash of water in a food processor or blender until combined. If dates are dry or firm, soak them in warm water for 1 -2 hours before blending. Discard that water.
  • Slice your favorite apple and enjoy dipping it in the “Caramel dip.”

In Conclusion:

Dates and apples together make the perfect after-school snack for children. (And, who am I kidding, adults love this snack too!) Not only do they offer a natural sweetness that kids love, but they bring a wealth of nutrients to the table. The convenience and versatility of this snack make it a top choice for parents looking to provide a healthy and delicious option for their children to enjoy after a day of learning. 

So, next time you’re thinking about an after-school treat, consider reaching for a combination of dates and apples to keep your child happy, healthy and energized.

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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.