Avoid hangry children by serving up these 5 nutritious after school snacks.
You know the drill. Your children walk through the door after school yelling they are starving and reach for the easiest, and probably least healthy, pre-packaged snack from the pantry. One way to help kids avoid these go-to sugary and less nutritious foods is to prepare some easy snacks ahead of time, so that the they can quickly fill their tummies, without spoiling their appetite for dinnertime.
Here are 5 healthy after school snacks you can make for growing kids to enjoy after a busy day:
It's quick and simple to create a batch of no-bake protein balls, that can be eaten as a nutrient-rich snack for after school, and packed in the school lunchbox too, to give them plenty of energy.
These are easy peasy to whip up and filling too. Rice cakes (preferably brown or multigrain) topped with sugar free peanut butter have plenty of protein and fibre to keep your kids feeling full until dinnertime.
Banana bread is always a winner, and with so many variations of this easy-bake and much-loved snack, it's easy to find a recipe everyone in the family will like.
Here are a few different recipes to get you started:
English muffin pizzas are a delicious option for cold days.
All you need to do is cut an English muffin in half and top the cut sides with tomato paste, cheese and some simple toppings such as salami, diced ham, mushrooms, olives, etc. Then bake for 10 minutes under the grill in your oven and voila; you have a yummy and filling after school snack that can cool down in the time it takes to pick up the kids or walk them home from the bus stop.
Mini Cheesy Broccoli Bites
The trick to making mini cheese and broccoli pieces appealing is..the cheese. These delicious little savoury bites taste so good, your kids won't complain about the broccoli flavour underneath, plus they can be frozen and reheated easily.