3 Easy-To-Make After School Snacks

It’s important to encourage your kids to enjoy snacks after school that are healthy.  It’s even better if they are easy to make.  A well-timed snack in mid-afternoon can keep your child’s energy levels up, without spoiling a nutritious dinner a few hours in to the future.

Here are 3 ideas to try that your kids will look forward to.

Frozen Yogurt Grapes — It’s a really easy 2 (or 3) step process. Freeze some grapes for a few hours or more, get them out of the freezer and dip them into a favorite flavor of yogurt.  From here, you can enjoy them on-the-spot, as the yogurt will freeze on contact on the grape. Or place them in a container and refreeze them to enjoy another time.  You might do both … freeze a few bunches of grapes in advance. Treat your children a serving and save the rest to enjoy after school later in the week. For fun, mix & match the flavors of yogurt & grapes. Involve the kids in the assembly line and create a week’s worth of snacks in a short amount of time.

Fruit Smoothies — Ideal and filling if your kids are middle schoolers or older, or if you’re home to do the preparation.  Freeze strawberries and bananas in advance.  Then combine a cup of vanilla yogurt, a cup of strawberries, a cup of bananas and a 1/4 cup of orange juice in a blender.  Puree it until smooth, and enjoy!  For variety’s sake, consider substituting blueberries, peaches or raspberries for the strawberries from time-to-time.

Peanut Butter Dips — Great with apple slices, bananas, celery, or even strawberries!  Simply spoon a few tablespoons of peanut butter into cups and microwave for 20 seconds or so (time will depend on the microwave), then dip your fruit or celery into the cups.

Happy (and healthy) snacking!