What is up with the great elementary school snack controversy? Since the day my eldest child stepped foot into elementary schools, there have been parents (and administrators) on both sides determining what exactly a healthy snack is. My kids often request the most unhealthy foods you can imagine for their snacks, but let’s be honest, the choices available in supermarkets aren’t the best either! It causes busy moms to be super creative and also very mindful about what to send with their kids to school.
I’ve recently been introduced to Stonyfield YoKids yogurts and smoothies. We got a sample package of the full line and within minutes my 5 year old was all over it! He loves a good smoothie so now, he has one right after breakfast every day! I am so excited to find an “acceptable” snack that he loves because the Stonyfield Yokids yogurts are Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project verified. Because Stonyfield YoKids yogurts are Certified Prganic, that means each cup is always made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. YoKids also features between 25% to 40% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt.
I was able to chat it up with Amy Rodriguez, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Stonyfield partner, to chat about her tips and tricks for raising healthy and active children.
Interview with Amy Rodriguez (Part 1)
Me: Hi Amy, I write for women who are super busy but also happen to be amazing parents. It’s hard to keep up with all of the noise around healthy eating for kids. What is your number one tip when it comes to making sure that your kids are generally eating healthy?
Amy: I make sure that whatever is in reach in the home is good for my diet. I make sure my fridge is packed with quick healthy snacks for healthy conscious eating decisions.
Me: What do you buy at the grocery store?
Amy: I find myself buying same items over and over, stick to healthy and organic lifestyle. Everyday our kids immune systems are being compromised so I love to feed them yogurts, turkey, cheese, hummus to name a few.
Me: What does your daily meal planning look like? Do you take time at the beginning of the week to plan or do you make meals on the go?
Amy: I typically shop on Monday and get all of the meal planning done for the week. I spend time picking all proteins and side dishes—as well as things for snack time—we freeze Stonyfield YoKids squeezers for lunch boxes as well as grapes.
Me: Why is it so important to seek out Organic and NON GMO ingredients?
Amy: I love USDA certified organic, no toxic, no pesticides, no artificial hormones, it will all be natural, just want to make sure that kids are getting the best that they can in their little bellies, since they are still growing.
Me: What are some of the most creative ways that you use the Stonyfield YoKids products?
Amy: We love to stick popsicle sticks into the yogurts and give them to the kids as an easy dessert.
Stay tuned for Part Two of my interview with Amy coming soon!Chatting with @AmyRodriguez8 about Healthy Kid Snacks and @Stonyfield #YoKids! AD
What do you feed your kids for school snacks?