#FitnessFriday: Back To School Snacks

As Summer draws to a close, Labour Day weekend caps off the Summer vacation for students. With classes back in session not only with your brain be hungry, so will your body. And sure, attempting to survive off of Ramen, and Booster Juice can work out, its not the greatest for your health.
Packing snacks to keep you going throughout the day is a great way to keep yourself fueled up, and save some money. I pit together a few of my favourte backpack friendly snacks/mini meals.

These snacks are also great for your kid’s lunches, camping trips, or for family functions.

Apricot-Almond Granola Recipe

Apricot-Almond Granola

What you need:

2 3/4 cups regular oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine oats, almonds, and next 4 ingredients (through raisins) in a medium bowl. Combine honey and butter. Drizzle honey mixture over oat mixture; toss to coat. Spread mixture in a single layer onto a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; stir. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on pan. Break into pieces.

Healthy Kid-Approved Snacks

Banana-Nut Energy Bars

What you need:

1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups multigrain hot cereal (such as Quaker) or quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat the first 6 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until blended. Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Gradually add the flour, cereal, pecans, and salt to the banana mixture, stirring until well-blended.

Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix RecipeSpice & Crisp Mix

What you need:

2 cups crisscross of corn and rice cereal (such as Crispix)

1 cup tiny pretzel twists
1/2 cup reduced-fat wheat crackers (such as Wheat Thins)
1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar crackers (such as Cheez-It)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon ginger stir-fry sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 250º.

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Combine butter, stir-fry sauce, powder, cumin, and salt; drizzle over cereal mixture, tossing to coat. Spread mixture into a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250º for 30 minutes or until crisp, stirring twice.

Green Garden Vegan Salad

Salad In a Jar

What you need:

A mason jar
Your favourite salad ingredients (include veggies, fruit, and nuts)
light dressing

Line the jar with your ingredients, do not add dressing until you are ready to inhale this bad boy.

Zucchini-Spice Bread
Gluten-free Zuccini Spice Bread

5.2 ounces white rice flour (about 1 cup)
4.6 ounces brown rice flour (about 1 cup)
1.05 ounces tapioca flour (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini (1 large)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, cinnamon, and next 6 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs); stir with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

3. Pour batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; smooth top with a spatula. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until very firm to the touch. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Annoy your friends and family by posting your creation recipe on Instagram & Twitter and tag me in them! (@thenikkisin)

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