Five Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat!
By Laura Sussely-Pope, Pregnancy.org
It seems like the minute the kids are off the school bus and in the door, you start to hear, “I’m hungry!” Or perhaps they go straight to the kitchen for a snack. If they’re anything like my kids, they go straight to the cookie jar or potato chips! I know, I shouldn’t have those – I try to hide them.
So what’s a mom to do? The kids should have a tasty snack but you don’t want them to fill up too much before dinner. You definitely don’t want them filling up on unhealthy snacks. Why not try one of our satisfying snack suggestions?
- One of my personal favorites has always been plain lowfat yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced apples. This is versatile as you can make many combinations of this snack. You might want to take the kids with you to the store so they can pick the flavors and fruits they want. Taking ownership of their choices may encourage them to go straight to the yogurt and fruit and ignore the cookie jar!
- Quesadillas. Personally, I think these are better heated up on a skillet but with small kids, if they are making their own snack, I would recommend a microwave. These are easy, tasty, and sometimes it’s nice to have a warm snack. For the best nutrition, try wheat flour tortillas. Put in your favorite cheese (mine is Mexican or Monterrey), microwave for a minute or so until the tortillas are soft and the cheese is melted.
- Popcorn. Store-bought microwave popcorn is the fastest and easiest. Try low salt and the selection of different flavors is expanding. Again, the kids can help decide which kind they want.
- Frozen peas or other vegetables – still frozen! I know that sounds a bit odd but kids actually like these! When my oldest was a young boy, he loved them, but I thought it was just him. I have since done a bit of research and it turns out that a lot of kids like this! I wish I had known that when I felt embarrassed when someone came to the door to see my kid eating frozen veggies out of the bag!
- Fruit salad. You can make this ahead of time and when the kids are ready, they can scoop it out. I like using cantaloupe, apples, grapes, watermelon and strawberries. My son loved this and would go through it so fast that there was no time for anything to spoil!
There are so many healthy and delicious snacks to choose from! What kinds of snacks do your children enjoy?