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Three On-the-go Recipes for Children

Already running late when you know that you have a long day ahead of you? Don’t dread the hours; be proficient with the right intake of energy! We have compiled a variety of the-night-before recipes that help you rush out the door.

ENERGY BALLS

(One ball = 3g protein, 130 calories, 6g fat)

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter (sunflower butter and almond butter work, too!)

1 cup honey (raw or regular)

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup ground chia seed or flaxseed

1 cup mini chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)

1 cup any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit

(Optional: sweetened shredded coconut)

Steps

Mix the peanut butter and honey into a bowl until smooth

Add the oats, chia seed/flaxseed, chocolate chips, and nut-seed-fruit mixture between stirs

Once ingredients are added to your liking, roll the mixture into ping-pong sized balls

(Roll them in the shredded coconut)

Place the balls in paper mini-muffin cups

Storage

Balls can be eaten after making or stored away in the refrigerator, which makes them less sticky. (Refrigerate for 7-10 days; Freeze for 3 months)

Source: The Washington Post

MEDITERRANEAN PITA & DIP

Ingredients

5 small whole-wheat pitas

3/4 cup hummus

1 sliced large red pepper

1 tbsp crumbled feta

1 tbsp olives (pick your type!)

5 slices cucumber

Handful of mixed greens

(Optional: lemon wedge(s)

Steps

Place hummus in mixing bowl

Sprinkle in the pepper, cheese, olives, cucumbers, and mixed greens as desired (more or less than what recipes calls for)

(Drizzle lemon into mix)

Stir to your liking

Storage

Place dip in small, closed container in refrigerator and pitas in air-tight sandwich bag in refrigerator or cupboard

Source: Greatist

MANGO QUESADILLAS

Ingredients

1 8-inch, whole-wheat tortilla

1/8 cup mango chutney

2 slices deli ham

1/8 cup crumbled queso fresco (or feta cheese)

1 tbsp scallions (chopped)

Steps

Spread the chutney, ham, fresco, and scallions on tortilla then fold in half

Grill for 2-3 minutes

Storage

Air tight container in the refrigerator; Eat the next day to avoid your tortilla from getting soggy

Source: Greatist

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