Welcome All Parents with Healthy PTO Snacks

Homemade trail mix using walnuts, raisins, and dairy-free chocolate chips make healthy PTO snacks. Photo copyright 2015 Linda Watson CookforGood.com

We want our kids to get healthy snacks at in the classroom, at after school activities, and at parties, but let’s not forget parents. Welcome all the parents who come to your next PTO or PTA meeting by providing healthy, plant-based snacks that avoid triggering food allergies and dietary restrictions. In math class, you might call them the “lowest common denominators.” At the PTO, you’ll just call them delicious.

Read on for PTO snack ideas to get you started.

And please come back all week as I show other scrumptious ways to realize the dream I shared with you on DrGreene.com last month: Saving the World by Eating Plants Together. All my posts will show great food that is not only vegan but also gluten-free and avoids other major allergens such as peanuts.

5 Plant-Powered Healthy PTO Snacks

  1. Pack for adventure by making your own trail mix with ingredients from the bulk bins at a health-food store or from jumbo packages at a warehouse club. Scoop individual servings into plastic or paper bags and tie with ribbons in your school colors. The snack bag above includes walnuts, raisins, and dairy-free chocolate chips.
  2. Go bananas with fresh, whole fruit. No one will have to squint at labels or worry about animal by-products, gluten, or calories.
  3. Get your crunch on with veggie sticks. Baby carrots, celery sticks, and radishes can be cute and bite-sized.
  4. If time is short or your school insists on packaged snacks, serve individual packs of boxed raisins or fat-free, dairy-free, and wheat-free cookies such as Fig Newmans.
  5. Stay sharp by offering coconut drink or almond milk as the “creamer” for coffee or tea.

What snacks work best at your PTO?

Have you tried serving healthy refreshments? What steps to you take to make sure everyone can eat and feels welcome? Please share your comments below.

Linda Watson

Linda Watson started the Cook for Good project after becoming obsessed with the national Food Stamp Challenge: living on a dollar a meal per person for a week. Her three-week experiment became a lifestyle, the website CookforGood.com, the book Wildly Affordable Organic, and now the Wildly Good Cook videos and teachers' training program. She teaches cooking classes and gives talks on thrift, sustainability, and food justice across the country. You can get more from Linda on Facebook..

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