Back to School with Healthy Snacks

Healthy kids are happy kids!  As children grow and develop each day, proper nutrition should be a top priority.  Ditch the high-sugar/high-calorie food choices for nutrient-dense snacks and meals! Choosing whole foods that provide higher amounts of protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals will provide optimal energy levels, feelings of satiation, and support for total body wellness.

Don’t let nutrition take a backseat!  Incorporate these Young Living favorites in your family’s daily routine.

 

Back to School

NingXia Red

It’s easier than ever to get a daily shot of Ningxia Red. Pack a 2 oz. single in your child’s lunch box and feel great about the antioxidant and super fruit boost they are getting on-the-go! This tasty beverage energizes, fortifies, and replenishes the body and mind, making it a great choice before study time or during after school activities.

Need a refreshing snack after sports practice?

Try these Ningxia Red pops!

Ingredients

• 1 cup Ningxia Red
• ¼ cup distilled water
• 10 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
• ½ cup sliced fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, oranges, or raspberries
• 4 ice pop molds

Directions

1. Combine Ningxia Red, water, and Orange Vitality.
2. Cut slices of fruit to fit in ice pop molds.
3. Place fruit slices in molds.
4. Pour Ningxia Red mixture into molds, covering the slices of fruit.
5. Place molds in the freezer for 6-8 hours.

NingXia for Your Kids

NingXia Red

NingXia Red

NingXia Red 2oz Singles

NingXia Red 2oz Singles

NingXia Red Combo Pack

NingXia Red Combo Pack

NingXia Red Loyalty Rewards

NingXia Red Loyalty Rewards

NingXia Red Starter Bundle

NingXia Red Starter Bundle

NingXia Red Jellies

Need a perfect on-the-go snack for your kids? Try making these yummy NingXia Red jellies! They are the perfect replacement for snacks that may be filled with synthetic coloring or flavors.

Here’s what you need

  • 1 cup NingXia Red
  • 1½ teaspoons agar powder (vegan gelatin alternative)
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 3 drops Grapefruit Vitality essential oil
  • 3 drops Lime Vitality essential oil (or Vitality oils of your choice, we just love citrus Vitality oils!)
  • Silicon molds

To make

  1. Combine the NingXia Red, agar powder, and honey in a saucepan. Mix with a metal spoon until fully dissolved and heat on medium-high.
  2. Once boiling, remove from heat immediately and stir in the essential oils. Taste for sweetness. The mixture should be almost too sweet, since the flavors will mellow during cooling.
  3. Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
  4. Let your molds cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour until set.
  5. Keep leftovers in the fridge or a cool place.
  6. Enjoy!

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

NingXia Red

NingXia Red

DIY Smoothie

Jump start your morning with fruity, NingXia-infused smoothie!   Check out the recipe below.

Einkorn Flakes

Do your kids love a big bowl of cereal? Many cereals claim to provide nourishment and balance to a daily breakfast; however, they are often loaded with sugar, artificial dyes, and other harmful ingredients. Start the day right with Gary’s True Grit® Einkorn Flakes Cereal! This cereal, made with ancient grain einkorn and oat bran, is free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It also has higher levels of protein, trace minerals, and lower gluten levels than hybridized, modern wheat. Add your choice of milk and fresh fruit and watch your children enjoy!

Einkorn Crunch

Nourishing, convenient, AND tasty?  It’s not your imagination; it’s the Einkorn Crunch Variety Pack!  Try all three flavors: Ancient Sea Salt™, Sweet Cinnamon™, and Zesty Salsa™.  Every pack contains the protein, fiber, nutrients, and taste your body needs to live your day to the fullest!  Einkorn Crunch is an on-the-go snack you can feel good about. Whether you’re at school, work, or wherever the day takes you, this perfectly portioned 100-calorie snack was designed to make choosing healthy alternatives a no-brainer.  Three flavors to choose from, as well as convenient portions and packaging, make it easy to satisfy any craving—no matter where, no matter what.

NingXia Dried Wolfberries

Young Living’s Ningxia Organic Dried Wolfberries are a sweet, organic snack from nature that’s easy to make  part of your kid’s snack routine.
  • Add a handful to dried nuts for a healthy snack.

  • Add wolfberries to your homemade granola or trail mix for a nourishing snack on a hike, at school, or around the house.

  • Add them to your favorite muffin, bread, or pancake recipes.

  • Top your yogurt or smoothie with wolfberries for a wholesome, satisfying breakfast.

Einkorn Granola

Einkorn Granola is a delicious and convenient snack crafted with high-quality ingredients for the energy you need when you’re on the go.  A variety of naturally sourced grains, nuts, berries, and seeds provide both simple and complex carbohydrates, and wolfberries, cranberries, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, and coconut sugar offer the perfect amount of sweetness. 
  • A delicious, convenient snack for energy on the go*

  • A combination of simple and complex carbs, including nuts, berries, and seeds for energy from naturally sourced ingredients*

  • Includes a variety of nuts, berries, and seeds for a delicious flavor and complex texture

  • Contains no high-fructose corn syrup, GMOs, or additional colors, flavors, or preservatives

  • Includes whole-grain einkorn flour, which contains only 14 chromosomes and is touted as one of the oldest grains

  • Includes wolfberries and cranberries, known for their antioxidant properties

Snacks, Smoothies & Breakfast Suggestions

 

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Healthy Indulgence: Peppermint Vitality Brownies Recipe

Healthy Indulgence: Peppermint Vitality Brownies Recipe

Apple Pumpkin Spice Baked Oats

Apple Pumpkin Spice Baked Oats

Vitality Infused Lunch Box

Try these simple, delicious, Vitality oil infused recipes you can pack in your kids’ lunchboxes! A win for you because they’re simple and healthy. A win for your kids because they are delicious!

Lunch box packing tips

  • When you are packing the lunches, make sure to add a packet of Ningxia Red (kids love to drink these with a straw!)
  • Try a Wolfberry Crisp bars for a healthy, sweet treat.
  • Balance out their meal by offering extra veggies when you pack a sweeter meal and pack extra fruits when you send them a more savory dish for lunch.

Strawberry-Banana Roll

  • 1 mashed banana
  • Strawberries, thinly sliced
  • Tortilla of your choice (a homemade Einkorn tortilla is a great option!)
  • Citrus Vitality oils of your choice (Orange, Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit’

Mix 2-3 drops of your choice of Vitality oils in the mashed banana. Spread that mixture over the tortilla and place the sliced strawberries on top. Roll the tortilla and cut in rounds.

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Kid-Approved Parfait

  • Organic plain Greek yogurt
  • Fresh berries (if using strawberries, make sure to slice them)
  • Dried Wolfberries
  • Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola or Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flakes
  • Citrus Vitality oils of your choice (Orange, Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit)

Mix 2-3 drops of your favorite Vitality oil (we love this one with Orange Vitality) in the yogurt. Then layer the yogurt, fruit, and the dried wolfberries in a container. Pack some of Einkorn Granola or Einkorn Flakes (or both!) in a separate small container so that your children can enjoy their crunchy texture as they are eating them at lunch time.

Tips:

  • If you want a fun twist to this recipe, feel free to mix in some Ningxia Red in the yogurt before layering the parfait. This will add benefits to the recipe as well as a delicious, tangy flavor!
  • Pack a sachet of MightyPro probiotic complex in your kids’ lunchbox and teach your child to pour the content in the parfait before eating!
Einkorn Flakes Cereal

Einkorn Flakes Cereal

Einkorn Granola

Einkorn Granola

Organic Dried Wolfberries

Organic Dried Wolfberries

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Savory and Sweet Kabobs

Savory

  • Lean meat of your choice (such as cooked chicken or turkey breast – skip for a vegetarian option)
  • Cubed vegetables (cucumbers, zucchini, mushrooms, beets, or sweet peppers are great options!)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Organic cubed cheese
  • Black Pepper and Lemon Vitality oils
  • Pink Himalayan salt (optional)
  • Olive oil

Make a mixture with the olive oil, salt, and 1 drop of each of the Vitality oils. Drizzle the mixture over the vegetables and toss until they’re all coated. Alternate the vegetables, meat and cheese on a wooden skewer.

Sweet

  • Cubed fruits (mangoes, peaches, and cantaloupes are great options)
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Alternate fruits in a wooden skewer for a naturally sweet treat!

We know these recipes will be a hit at home because they are simple and taste amazing!

Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil

Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

This post first appeared in the Young Living Training & Education Group