As most parents know, the first thing that children usually want right when they get home from school is a snack. Of course, many of them will gravitate to cookies, chips and such unhealthy treats. Yet, do they realize that healthy foods can be yummy too? Here are five snack examples that you can use to help your child start eating healthier snacks after they get home from school:
If you’re preparing these simple snacks right before children get home, then you can serve them either fresh or frozen. However, some children might prefer them frozen, so you should do a blend of the two. Dip banana slices in melted chocolate, sprinkling with shredded coconut before freezing.
This is a snack that does have a sweet element. You will use sugar cookie dough as the base for each pizza. Slice a variety of fruits, putting them in bowls so that children can use the toppings that they like to make a pizza. Yogurt is used as the sauce. This is a fun idea for either mini pizzas or a large pizza for the entire family to enjoy as a healthy dessert.
A pita pocket, like those that come from Klosterman Baking Company, is basically flatbread that can be opened up and filled. It is basically a fun alternative to the sandwich and anything can go into it. With this, you can arrange a buffet on the counter with fruits, vegetables or meats so that your children can make their own pita when they get home. You could do bananas and peanut butter, fresh fruits and yogurt or pepperoni, sauce and cheese. The ideas are endless, and the pita is healthier than using bread for a sandwich.
Eggs & Toast
This isn’t the typical toast and eggs that you might think about. For this healthy treat, you’ll toast wheat bread with a bit of butter on one side after it’s done. Prepare deviled eggs, slicing them so that children can put the eggs on the top of the bread. You can also use cucumber slices underneath the eggs.
Frozen Yogurt Grapes
If children don’t have a lot of time to eat a snack in the afternoon, then this is a good treat to make. Dip grapes in a favorite yogurt flavor. Freeze the grapes, which will make it easy for children to eat them while in the car or while doing homework as the grapes won’t make a mess.
Snacks after school don’t have to be full of calories and sugar. You can prepare several healthy snacks that will give children the energy that they need to get through the rest of the day. The snacks can also make it a little easier to settle in for the evening since there isn’t a high amount of sugar.
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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.