After School Snacks
Kids are always picky about what they want to eat, but don’t despair… you can still manage to give them healthy after school snacks, and not being from a fast food category.
When your kids arrive from school starving, and dinner is still not ready – what are you giving them? We hope they don’t eat chips or some unhealthy snacks.
Here we give you a couple of after school snack ideas to choose from, and see how your kids will adapt to them.
Make Yogurt Interesting
Plain yogurt is boring, and if you can use a little bit of your imagination, you can make it look so appealing, that your kids will reach for a second round.
Make yogurt parfait.
If your kids love fruit, this one will certainly draw a wide smile all over their faces. You can use vanilla yogurt, mandarin oranges, blueberries or any other fruit your child prefers, and top it with granola.
Here you have protein form the yogurt, and antioxidants from the berries, so this snack will keep your children full until dinner is ready.
Make layers in a beautiful glass or a small bowl, and you can even do this together.
It is really so much fun to do it.
Dress Strawberries In Chocolate
Why eating plain strawberries, when you can make them more tasteful and appealing? You know that all kids love sweats, but here you can offer a much healthier one.
Dip the strawberries in melted dark chocolate, for which you already know is full with antioxidants, so with combining these two ingredients you’ve hit a jackpot.
Kabobs Can Be Made From Fruit As well
Fruit kabobs are something worth trying to offer your kids. They are so funny, colorful and appealing that there is no kid that won’t reach for one.
Pineapples, papaya, grapes, watermelon, melon, peach, banana, apple – they are all great for the matter.
They all contain high amounts of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals – compounds that are really important for health in general.
Surprise them and monitor their WOW reaction.
It will be priceless.
And don’t forget your camera to catch the moment
Healthy Veggies And Dairy Dip
For this one, you can use Greek yogurt, season it with dill, salt, some ground nuts and offer it as a dip using carrots, sweet peppers, broccoli and cucumber sticks.
This is very delicious and healthy, and this snack offers beneficial fat and fiber which will keep your kids full until dinner time.
Always have prepared homemade trail mix. It is so much better than buying one. This is a high nutrition snack which will make your kids feel full for a while.
Whole grain cereal with a serving of dried fruit is good enough to ensure fiber amounts are taken.Use 2-3 ingredients while making the trail mix.
This will make them happy…for a while
Canned Tuna or Salmon
These are great to be used as after school snacks, especially if you combine them with leafy green salads.
The omega 3 fatty acids are present, proteins as well (which growing kids need), vitamins and minerals from the greens too, and you can add few whole cereal crackers.
Or, you can bake some old bread, diced and spiced with salt, or any other appropriate spice you have. And of course, don’t put hot spices in there.
They are still kids
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Surprise them with baked sweet potato fries. If you have a home appliance that can make these curly looking – even better.
Kids love food in shapes.
Take few sweet potatoes, slice them in length or, use your home appliance which will make them looking much more interesting.
Lay them on a baking sheet in a tray, season with salt and olive oil, and bake them until they are golden brown.
Kids will love them because they look like regular French fries, and parents can feel good about this healthy choice they’ve made.
Make Fruit Smoothie
Check your fridge and see what kind of fruits you have. Whip up a fruit smoothie, add some nuts or almonds, chia seeds, but be careful if your kid is allergic to some of the ingredients.
Let it stay in a fridge for a while, so chia seeds will turn this to an amazing fruit pudding.
Kids will love this.
Healthier Popcorn Version As A Part Of After School Snacks
If you’re interested in trying one of the healthier options at home, it is always better if you can air pop your own.
There are plain, organic varieties to purchase at most health food stores that allow you to enjoy the popcorn nutrition of a decent amount of fiber and manganese in a low-calorie snack.
But please make sure not to coat it with sugar or pasteurized butter.
Make healthier version of it.
Here are some instructions how to make your own homemade popcorn:
- Purchase plain, organic popcorn kernels at a local natural foods store
- Use a healthy oil (coconut oil or organic butter) and pour 3 tablespoons into a heavy stainless steel pan
- Put two kernels in the pan and wait until one pops, then pour 1/3 cup of popcorn in the pan and cover it
- As it pops, make sure you shake the pan to allow the steam to escape and prevent the popcorn from burning
- Remove from the pan when the popping stops and season as desired. (Some great toppings include nutritional yeast, garlic powder and cayenne pepper).
We hope these ideas will help you in your search of healthier after school snacks for your kids.
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