What child does not look forward to after school snacks!
Do you have happy childhood memories of coming home and finding an great treats waiting for you? After a busy day, it was the perfect way to satisfy a grumbling tummy and give you a renewed burst of energy.
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Well, times haven't changed much -when kids come home from school, the first thing on their minds is still food!
So parents, it's time to muster your creative juices and come up with fun, tasty snacks that will give your children all the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.
But, don't worry. You don't have to be an expert chef to put together delicious snacks that kids will love. And, it doesn't have to take a lot of time or effort. After all, you're busy too, right? So, finding the perfect balance between interesting and nourishing should be quick and simple.
In just a few minutes, you can welcome your kids home with a tasty treat, and hear all about their exciting day while they nibble on an after school snack that is both fun and nutritious.
Cereal is quick and easy, and there are a lot of healthy choices so you will be able to find something that your kids like.
Up the nutritional value by tossing in a handful of raisins or blueberries, or topping with a few slices of strawberries or banana. For a nutty flavour, add in a some crumbled walnuts or sliced almonds.
You could even make your own healthy trail mix using your children's favorite cereal tossed together with dried fruit, nuts, and chunks of dark chocolate.
The blend of sweet fruit, protein packed nuts, and carbohydrates will give your kids everything they need to keep them alert while doing homework or other after school activities.
Fruit and Veggies
Yes, fruits and veggies can be fun and interesting.
Melt cheddar cheese over sliced apples, spread peanut butter in a few pieces of celery, or drizzle chocolate over a frozen banana.
Cheese and Crackers
This is a great energy-packed snack that will keep your kids going until supper is on the table. If you are artistic, you can slice the cheese into fun shapes, place on whole wheat crackers and serve with apple slices or carrot sticks.
Or, to satisfy a sweet tooth, spread cream cheese on a couple of graham wafers and top with fresh strawberries or fruit preserves.
Salsa and Chips
Do you have a hard time getting your kids to eat their veggies?
Salsa is a delicious yet nutritious dip that children love. But, Shhh! Don't tell them it is full of vegetables.
Add a handful of whole grain chips or crackers and you will have the perfect after school snack.
Popcorn is both healthy and satisfying. And, while it is good all on its own, you can also add some fun twists that your kids will enjoy.
Sprinkle with seasonings, parmesan cheese, brown sugar or melted chocolate. If you have extra time, you can make popcorn balls or squares that will be ready and waiting when your kids arrive home from school.
To reduce the amount of sugar, select plain yogurt and add your own flavorings.
Blueberries or chopped strawberries and bananas will add natural sweetness. Throw in a handful of granola or chopped nuts, or replace silverware with vanilla wafers.
With a few spices, yogurt also makes a great veggie dip that will have your kids willingly crunching and munching the healthy green stuff!
Ok, so cookies aren't so healthy, but they do taste good! And, there are some more nutritious options like oatmeal raisin, whole wheat cinnamon, or banana.
Little ones – and bigger ones, too – love choices, so be sure to include lots of variety in your after school snacks.
It's time to get out your shopping list and check out the sale flyers so you can stock your kitchen with the best snack ingredients. After school eating has never been so much fun!