You can almost see it happening in real time. Your kids are playing, engaged with what they're doing, and then they're face first in their coloring book, snoring away. It's not a surprise. After all, they had a granola bar with chocolate chips and chips for a snack — this is just the inevitable sugar crash. Unfortunately, you also know that your child is going to wake up with a crabby attitude and so hangry that getting them to settle for dinner will be nearly impossible. Maybe next time, try these low-sugar snacks to pack in your kid's backpack to avoid this venture into parenting hell. Because it's not about being perfect and getting it right all the time — it's about doing better.
When it comes to packing snacks for our kids, I will be the first one to admit that I've stocked up on store-bought granola bars and squeeze pouches of fruit and called it good. This has come back to bite me more than once. That's why I asked Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, mom, and owner of Milk & Honey Nutrition, to advise me on low-sugar snacks to pack in your kid's backpack, because honestly, we could all use the help.