After a long day at school kids tend to get very hungry. The hours between the end of school and dinnertime are usually filled with frantic snacking and the persistent “what’s for dinner?” Kids are not likely to spend time putting together a healthy snack, and most often want to go for what’s most convenient and fast. Most of those quick options end up being bags of chips or cookies, which are not great choices. I have put together a few of my favorite after-school snacks that are easy enough to be thrown together quickly (whether you do it for them, or you teach them how to make it) and are filled with nutrition to get them through their homework before dinner-time.
Peanut Butter Banana “Sushi”
This is so simple, it won’t take you longer than a couple minutes to spread peanut butter on a banana, roll it in Rice Krispie cereal, and slice! Here is a great post that has some visuals.
Ants on a Log
If Ants on a Log don’t scream after-school snack, I don’t know what does. The standard peanut butter and raisin variety was always my favorite, until I discovered all of these other variations of the classic snack. It doesn’t get much cuter than “Ladybugs on a Log!”
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
This is probably the easiest one yet! Skewer some grapes, strawberries and kiwi along with a few cubes of your favorite cheese!
Another cute finger-food to add to the list with protein-packed peanut butter! Check out the simple recipe here.
This isn’t just your standard strawberry banana smoothie, it’s made with both almond milk and almonds to add some protein into the already fiber and vitamin-filled smoothie.
It doesn’t have to take much time to put together something healthy to tide your kids over until dinner is done. After a long day of classes they’re in need of an energy boost, and these simple recipes all provide that for them.
Let us know what your kids’ favorite after-school snacks are in the comments!
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