Back to School with California Walnuts


Back to School with California Walnuts

Delicious and Nutritious Fall Favorites Kids will Love

Now that the fireworks are behind us and August has passed, it’s time for your clients to start thinking about the new school year. In the midst of the chaotic back to school shopping, make time to start planning delicious lunch and snack ideas for young ones to enjoy during their school day, while keeping their nutrition as a top priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, and in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.[1] With a mission to combat these statistics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation celebrated its first annual “Kids Eat Right Month” this past August.  However, this mission should not end as August closes and should be something we promote throughout the year.

Adding walnuts to kid friendly snacks and dishes is a great way to promote good nutrition in children. Just one ounce of walnuts a day provides a powerhouse of nutrients, including 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 2.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)[2]—the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Also, walnuts look like little brains, and, as it turns out, the natural components found in walnuts have been linked to improved mental performance.   A study including 64 college students, during an 8-week intervention period, reported consumption of 60 grams (1/2 cup) of walnuts in the form of banana bread resulted in improved inferential reasoning – making this nut a perfect snack for those tough curriculums. [3]  Please note, additional studies  longer in duration and on different populations are required to determine the effect on the general public.

Embrace the school year and continue celebrating Kids Eat Right Month by “smartening” up lunch bags with Walnut Energy Bars—a simple, yet delicious treat. With nothing but great, nutritious ingredients in these bars, they make the perfect pre-class snack or sweet ending to a wholesome lunch.


[1] http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

[2] Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. -U.S. Food and Drug Administration, March 2004.

[3] Br J Nutr. 2012 May;107(9):1393-401