Now itz official – itz summer vacation! For the last day of school, I wanted to do something special and fun for my kiddos. Usually I make them little goodie bags, but this year they couldn’t bring backpacks on the bus to or from school, so I needed to get creative. I think it worked out better anyway because I give them enough goodie-bag-like-junk during the year. Well you all know how much I like creating bars at school, so I went with that and decided to make a banana bar.
I told my students that we would be baking banana splits, just healthier versions since there would be no ice cream. Granted, with all the toppings I provided, I’m not sure how much healthier they ended up being. I gave each student half of a banana and then cut it long ways. Their topping options were strawberry or vanilla yogurt, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, marshmallows, sunflower seeds, chocolate syrup, and, of course, sprinkles.
I was very curious as to if my students would like this idea, think it was fun/cool, or totally be like, “A banana, what?” But they loved it! They loved being able to choose their toppings and dress their bananas with yummy goodness!
My toppings included strawberry yogurt, coconut, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, and sprinkles. Very tasty, indeed. I’m teaching a summer school class this year called Active Living + Healthy Eating = Happy Kids. There is going to be yoga, nutrition, and fitness all mixed in and the class is open to first through fourth graders. I have two sections of about 20 students each, and each class lasts two hours. I’m designing the class myself and I’m very excited about it.
I get to roll all my passions into one: kids, nutrition, and fitness! Yoga is not exactly a passion of mine, but I do like it in small doses. I am hoping to make a healthy snack with my kids once a week. (Summer school is just four short weeks.) I’m not sure if I will have any peanut allergies, but they are pretty prevalent, so I’m anticipating having some. With that being said, do you have any ideas for what I could make as a healthy snack? It needs to be easy (no baking or cooking) and fairly inexpensive (40 kids total).
When teaching about healthy fats, I was thinking of doing something with sunflower seed butter since it’s not a nut, and I do believe it would be fine to serve, even for kids who have nut allergies. Plus, I don’t think a lot of kids have tasted sunflower seed butter, so I’m hoping to introduce them to some new foods. Last night, a bunch of teachers went out to celebrate the beginning of summer. We missed our Pinkalicious, but we still had a good time.
Not a bad pic late night and some random person using my iPhone to take the picture! The fountain and lights in the background make up for some of the blurriness, right? I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again: I love my school and I love the team of teachers I teach with (not just the ones in the pic). I’m so lucky.
What are some ideas I could use for healthy snacks during summer school?