After-School Snacks for Everyone!
Kids need healthy snacks to feed their forever growing minds and bodies. Packing back-to-school healthy snacks for the school day is very important to the productivity of their day. But what about after school? Yes, just as important. Most kids come home “starving” (so they say) and look for something to eat because it’s been so long since lunch and they can’t wait for dinner. If this is your kid, here’s a fun, healthy list of after-school snacks to keep them happy until dinner. These are the perfect options after a long day of playing and learning.
10 Healthy Back-To-School Snacks Perfect for After-School
Smoothies are easy to make especially since you probably already have the ingredients right in your fridge or pantry. Milk or unsweetened nondairy milk are healthier options than sugary liquids. To create a power smoothie for your power learner, add fruits and/or vegetables and a source of healthy fats such as chia seeds or nut butter.
Who doesn’t love cheese? Freshly cut cheese slices make a great protein-packed snack. Cheese is rich in protein and calcium, two important nutrients that assist in muscle and bone growth.
Whole Grain Cereal
Cereal always makes for a healthy snack. Whole-grain cereals provide complex carbohydrates. This is good for active kids that need to refuel their muscles and their brains. Add a sliced banana or dehydrated fruit for added flavor and fun!
Veggies and/or whole grain bread with hummus is total yum! Not interested in the bread? Broccoli, celery and cauliflower are rich in vitamins and are fun options for dipping.
Freeze Dried Fruit
Sometimes kids crave a different texture and flavor but love their favorite foods and are afraid to venture out of their comfort zone. Try freeze-dried fruits for an after-school snack instead. Dried fruits are rich in fiber and can help kids stay regular. Just be sure to stay away from the “high in sugar” options.
Whole Grain Muffins
Boil the eggs and then separate the yolk or divide the yolk and cook the egg whites to create a fun egg-white omelet. If making an omelet, feel free to add veggies, feta or goat cheese. Eggs are extremely high in protein and are an excellent snack idea to keep the high protein, low-sugar thing going.
There you have it! Our easy back-to-school, after-school snack ideas to keep your little Einstein healthy, happy and strong. Does your child have a favorite after school snack that is not on this list? Please share it with us in the comments below! We’d love to get more healthy snack ideas!