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Easy tips for a healthy school year


Published: Wed, September 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Family Features

Another school year is underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more, which can make the task of feeding your kids healthy snacks a daunting one.

Fortunately, there are several ways parents can make snack time easier and more nutritious. Healthy, convenient and naturally sweet options, such as California raisins, are a great solution for snack time throughout the school year.

“California raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit parents can feel good about giving their kids,” says Larry Blagg, senior vice president of marketing for the California Raisin Marketing Board. “The ingredient list says it all — raisins.”

Because they are 100-percent fruit with no added sugar, raisins contain zero empty calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food-a-Pedia website. In fact, a recent study presented at the Canadian Nutrition Society, found that children who eat raisins as an after-school snack may prevent excessive calorie intake and may increase satiety (or feeling full) when compared to other common snacks.

For naturally sweet and satisfying ways to avoid falling into a snacking rut, follow these simple tips:

22222For more information about California raisins and more great recipes, visit www.loveyourraisins.com, and sign up for a California Raisins snack pack on the California raisins Facebook page at facebook.com/californiaraisins.

Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Cool time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 cups

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup honey

2 tablespoons almond butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

11/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup rolled gluten-free oats

2cups California raisins

1/2 cup California golden raisins

Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add honey, almond butter and cinnamon and bring to full boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in cereal, almonds and oats. Spread 1-inch thick on baking sheet then separate into 1-inch clusters. Let cool completely, then sprinkle in raisins. Store in an airtight container.

Note: For crunchy clusters, spread cooked mixture 1-inch thick on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir to form clusters and let cool completely. Sprinkle in raisins.


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