Winning The After School Snack Attack

It’s no surprise that school-aged kids are in the market for a delicious snack when they get home from school.  They’ve expended a lot of energy, have been on the go for much of the day, and probably haven’t had anything to eat for as much 4 or 5 hours.  However, it’s equally true that kids benefit most when their snacks are tasty and healthy. If they’re easy and quick to make, so much the better!

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 some ideas to try that your kids will look forward to.

Frozen Yogurt Grapes — This is 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!