The first weeks of school are right around the corner! There are so many things to prepare and plan before school begins. One of the harder things that’s often overlooked is the after school snacks. Most kids want to reach for a bag of chips or cookies, but although we love the convenience, most of us would prefer our children to also choose healthy snacks! We want to help you prepare for easy, HEALTHY recipes to keep on hand for your children to enjoy after a long day at school.
Here are 6 simple and healthy after school snack ideas:
1. Hummus and chips
Almost every grocery store these days sells hummus — for good reason! It’s a great go-to healthy snack option! It is filling yet also light. Hummus comes in different flavors and is full of protein! Combine with veggies, pretzels or chips for a delicious snack everyone will love. Do you want to make sure it tastes fresh? Then, make your own! You can find a hummus recipe and more at gimmesomeoven.com.
2. Fruit salad
Ever since my kids started watching the children’s show The Wiggles, they have been obsessed with the idea of fruit salad! I have made this dish with a variety of fruits. You can pretty much never go wrong. Grab what fruits you have in your fridge, chop them up, and place together for a colorful, healthy after-school snack! For a fancier version of fruit salad with an orange, poppy seed syrup, check out natashaskitchen.com. There you will also find classic Ukrainian food and easy step-by-step photos and recipes!
Remember, one great thing about fruit salad is that you can save the leftovers for an easy, morning smoothie!
3. Avocado, turkey, and cheese on crackers
During the summer, avocado, turkey, and cheese on crackers is one of our regular lunch combos. But during the school year, it makes a wonderful after-school snack! Try different combos of cheese until you find the right one for each child! Then have that cheese on hand, ready-to-make!
Check out kraftrecipes.com for tips and ideas to use Kraft cheese in simple recipes.
For the past month, smoothies have been my family’s snack of choice after my husband gets home from work. It gives this mama peace of mind that my kids are getting a serving or two of fruits and veggies! My daughter needs extra iron in her diet, so we often sneak spinach into her smoothie.
For a recipe to sneak greens into YOUR child’s smoothie, read our post: How To Sneak Greens & Protein Into A Smoothie Your Kids Will Love
5. Apples and granola
Don’t these apple, granola cookies look amazing? My kids go through phases with apples. One day they love them and I have to encourage them to STOP eating all the apples and then another day they don’t want to touch them. I love the idea of adding apples into different recipes to change it up a bit! Nutella, peanut butter, granola, seeds, they all make great apple toppings!
Check out paleoeatsandtreats.com for more yummy Paleo recipes!
6. Trail mix
During the school year, I always have trail mix sitting out in a bowl for me to snack on during the day and for the kids to come home to. I love the infographic below with ideas of trail mix ingredients to keep on hand! One idea could be to give your kids a baggy and sit out the ingredients for them to create their own mix after school!
Tell us in the comments…what is your children’s favorite healthy after-school snack?