My daughters and I attended a fun sponsered California Raisin Snack to School Party and learned some great tips for healthy snacking. I ate raisins all the time when I was younger and I am happy to be able to share the health benefits of eating California Raisins with my daughters.
I love that California Raisins can be used in many recipes as well as eaten straight out of the bag as a great healthy snack. I asked my four-year old daughter if she knew how California Raisins are made. She told me that grapes take a nap in the sun and wake up as raisins.
She is right, sort of.
California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit and the only ingredient is: Raisins! You can feel good about packing California Raisins as a snack for your kids at school.
Did you know that California Raisins contain no fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar? Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).
Snack to School Party
We had fun spending time with other families snacking on foods made with California Raisins such as muffins and breads as well as eating them straight from the bag.
At the party there was a trail mix bar which included a lot of awesome snacks such as pretzels, California Raisins, Apple Cheerios and chocolate covered raisins. My girls loved the idea of making their own trail mix.
A key message that I took away from the party is that research suggests that among children, eating raisins as an after-school snack may prevent excessive calorie intake and may increase satiety (or feeling full) when compared to other common snacks, including cookies and chips.
While at the Snack to School Party my girls had fun coloring these fun California Raisin coloring sheets. You can download these cute coloring sheets for your kiddos too. Click here to download the PDF.
Inspired by the Snack to School Party
I always have trouble with after school snacks for my girls and they end up eating crackers. They are pretty hungry when they get home from school but I don’t want to feed them a ton of food before dinner. I also want them to eat a snack that is good for them.
While at the Snack to School Party there was a trail mix bar set up with all types of great snacking ideas. I talked it over with my girls and we thought it was a great idea to make a trail mix bar at home. We headed off to Target and picked a bunch of ingredients for their after school trail mix.
What I like about this idea is that they are in charge of making it. I have found that when my kids help out in the kitchen they are more than likely to eat what they make. Each time they make a trail mix they can change it up anyway they wish so their after school snack can be unique every day.
We picked up:
- California Raisins
- Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins
- Dry Roasted Peanuts
- Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
- Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Multi Grain Dark Chocolate Crunch Cheerios
- Teddy Grahams
While at Target I wanted to find a way to store all of the trail mix ingredients. I didn’t want to use glass containers and they needed to be easy open lids for my four-year old. I feel that by emptying the contents of the snacks in these see through containers it makes the process more exciting for them.
I purchased the Ziploc Twist n Loc containers in the 16 oz size and 32 oz size and we keep the containers on a shelf in the pantry so that they can reach them at anytime.
You can get in on the California Raisin fun and win a Fun Raisin Prize pack!!
The giveaway will include the following:
- One collapsible lunch box
- One collapsible California Raisins snack bowl
- One California Raisins plushy toy
- A 5-pack of California Raisins snack recipe cards
- Two California Raisins snack packs
The giveaway winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, giveaway ends on September 8th, 2014.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf California Raisins.