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After-School Fuel: Power Up With Organic Snacks

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(Family Features) - When kids come home from a long day at school, they often look for a snack to hold them over until dinner. Sweet and salty snacks may taste good, but they have little nutritional value and they won't stave off the hungries for long. Giving kids protein-based snacks delivers on both taste and nutrition.

Snacks made from lean organic deli meats are not only excellent sources of protein, but they are produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones and pesticides which is healthy for the earth and the family!

What's different about organic meats? Organic meat is beef, pork or poultry that has been raised and processed according to strict USDA Organic guidelines that cover everything from feed to processing. All certified organic meat is independently inspected and traced at every phase of production-from the farm to supermarket-to ensure compliance with the USDA National Organic Standards.

Certified organic food is often more nutritious than non-organic food. For example, it has been shown that organic turkey and chicken allowed access to the outdoors have 21 percent less total fat, 30 percent less saturated fat, 28 percent fewer calories, 50 percent more vitamin A, and 100 percent more omega-3 fatty acid than turkey not allowed outdoor access (USDA Sustainable Agriculture & Research Education Program).

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Sliced deli meats from Organic Prairie can be wrapped around all kinds of fresh and flavorful ingredients for quick, high-protein noshing. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks kids can even make themselves.

Start with organic smoked turkey, roasted turkey, ham or roast beef slices. Pick from some of these ingredient suggestions, wrap or roll them up together and enjoy. Pairing up these snacks with extras like Organic Valley Single Serve milk or Organic Valley Stringles string cheese will fuel the kids up with great taste and outstanding nutrition.

Spiral ingredients:

  • Dilly beans (pickled green beans) or pickle wedges
  • Wedges of ripe cantaloupe, tart apples, or fresh pears with softened cream cheese spread on sliced meat of choice
  • Whole green onions, chopped fresh dill sprinkled on long wedges of peeled, seeded cucumber

Roll ingredients:

  • Bread sticks or pretzel rods spread with mustard
  • Organic mozzarella or reduced fat Monterey Jack slices spread with tapenade and spread on sliced meat of choice
  • Thick strips of red bell pepper or zucchini
  • Organic Swiss cheese slices
  • Cranberry chutney or cranberry mustard
  • Shredded lettuce

To make spiral snacks, cut sliced meat into strips and spiral them around your favorite ingredients. For snack rolls, put ingredients on meat slices and roll up. If necessary, secure with toothpicks.

For more on Organic Prairie products, or to learn more about organic food, visit www.organicprairie.coop or www.organicvalley.coop.

SOURCE: Organic Valley

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