Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids

If you're fortunate enough to be able to spend those after-school hours with your kids rather than rushing home just in time for dinner, you know that by the time school is over children are absolutely starving. STARVING. They cannot get enough to eat, and they cannot get it quickly enough.

It's easy - and tempting - to just plop some ready-to-serve pre-packaged something in front of them to fill them up, but with a little planning it's just as easy to serve something healthy at the one time of day children are so hungry they're guaranteed to eat anything you place before them.

Vegetable Platter
Chop up enormous platters of veggies and peanut butter or fruit and yogurt and put them out in the middle of the table while the kids are doing their homework - you'd be amazed how quickly they'll disappear. While you have everything out, chop twice as much as you need and put it in the fridge for the kids' lunches the next day - you'll save yourself ten minutes off your morning rush.

Baked Apple Chips, healthy snacks,
Baked Apple Chips
Popcorn is always a hit - air-popped with no salt and tossed with just a tiny amount of butter. For a healthier version of "chips," thinly slice apples or pears, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake.

"Treats" are just fine every now and then as long as you're not serving junk food every day. If you're putting out cookies, add some grapes and apple and orange slices; if they have leftover Easter or Halloween goodies to finish, let them pick one to eat with their oatmeal and berries. But kids can be convinced that almost anything is a treat as long as it's a little different - even healthy foods.

Peanut Butter Banana Wraps, healthy snacks,
Peanut Butter Banana Wraps

Try chopping up the veggies into little heart shapes. Use cookie cutters and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg to turn whole grain toast into "gingerbread man" toast. Or try spreading peanut butter on a whole grain wrap and rolling it around a banana.

Here are some more fabulous online finds for fun snack ideas - the kids would love these!

Rainbow Pancakes, fun snacks for kids
Rainbow Pancakes
Fruit Skewers, fun snacks for kids
Fruit Skewers
Deviled Egg and Pepper Boats, fun snacks for kids
Deviled Egg & Pepper "Boats"
Fun Fruit Landscape, fun snacks for kids
Fun Fruit Landscape
Apple and Cheese Caterpillar, fun snacks for kids
Apple & Cheese Caterpillar
Strawberry Mice, fun snacks for kids
Strawberry mice
Apple and Marshmallow Smiles, fun snacks for kids
Apple & Marshmallow Smiles
Homemade Fruit Juice Snacks, fun snacks for kids
Homemade Fruit Snacks
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1 comment:

  1. LOVE the baked apple chips! What a great idea!