Back To School Snacks

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM EDT

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August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM EDT

Cleveland Clinic (WKBW) – If finding a healthy lunch that your child enjoys isn’t challenging enough, now experts at the Cleveland Clinic said healthy snacks are a must. They are not talking Twix bars and M&M’s. The experts said it has to be healthy to hold them over to lunch. These snacks can also give a needed energy and brain boost.

These nutritionists said that the best snacks include whole grain. Whole grains have not been refined, which means the beneficial fiber and nutrients are still intact.

Vitamin B6 may aid the neurotransmitters in the brain. Food like bananas and fortified cereal are packed with B-6. The skin of apples also has major nutrients that help blood flow to the brain. Experts said berries have the same effect.

Expert said another healthy snack is yogurt. It has calcium and other vitamins that could help a child on a big test day.

“We're talking about non-fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt would be a great choice. Yogurt is high in calcium, Greek yogurt has even more calcium than regular yogurt. Calcium tends to increase concentration,” Cleveland Clinic Nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic said.

They said other great snacks include bread with peanut butter, whole grain crackers and pita chips. Stay away from any surgery cereal or breakfast bars with a lot of sugar.

Experts said the snacks are good in mid-morning. Snacks are also important in the afternoon before an extracurricular activity.