It can be tough on the kids adjusting from swimming in the pool all summer long to sitting at a desk most of the day. Re-energize them with these 6 Favorite After School Snacks for them to munch on when they get home from a long day at school!
Kids tend to eat a lot of the “junk” food” after coming home from school. If you want to make sure your children steer clear from this habit we have some tips. Having healthy snacks already made for them when they get home is a big one. That way they don’t even have the option of rummaging through the cabinets to find what they are bound to fill up on and spoil their dinner.
Maybe an even more important concern is portion control. Many people associate “portion control” with dieting and trying to lose weight. Of course that is not the case. Its pretty common that kids overeat on snacks and then have no room for dinner. Give them enough to satisfy their hunger but make sure they have room in their bellies when its time to eat supper.
Ants On A Log
Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter and Raisins has always been a classic after school snack. We experimented with this treat a bit and discovered the Many Variations of “Ants On A Log”.
Its pretty typical for the kiddos to have an increased appetite once they’ve returned home. This is why you need to be careful of what they’re eating and controlling their portions. So often kids fill up on snacks, they end up spoiling their dinner. If you’re child is extra hungry when they get home, make them something a little more filling than a dip or light snack. Take a wheat hot dog roll and spread it with some jam. Peel a Banana and place right into the bun just as you would a hot dog. Top it off with diced peaches or other fruit. That will hold them over til dinner!
This is such a unique to-go snack if you and the kids have a busy schedule. The night before, peel a banana and cut in half so that you you can make two banana pops (cut horizontally). Push a pop stick into the flat end. Dip the banana in either yogurt or honey. Then roll the banana with your kid’s favorite cereals (try Cheerios or Rice Krispies). Freeze overnight or you can also make these snacks in the morning once they kids have left for school. By the time they get home they’ll be ready. Easy, healthy and fun to eat! Everybody wins.
Slice up some Strawberries and Banana. Take long toothpicks to turn into a mini fruit kabob. They’re so quick to make and healthy. Makes eating fruits a little more exciting for the kids too.
Cut up some slices of an apple horizontally (remove the core) and spread Nutella on top. We like to add a few of our favorite nuts or some raisins to finish it off. You could also use two slices of apple to sandwich together peanut butter and banana slices.
Peanut Butter Apple Dip
This dip is so easy to make AND its healthy. Whip up this Peanut Butter Apple Dip and serve it with apple slices.