After a long day at school, kids will be hungry for an after-school treat. Try one of these healthy snack options to satisfy their hunger without spoiling dinner…
Apple slices and nut butter
Apples by themselves? Boring. Apples sliced up with a side serving of tasty nut butter and a dash of cinnamon to spread over top? Now we’re talking! Nut butters are so easy to find on grocery store shelves now that you can try different varieties from everything from almond butter to cashew butter to healthier versions (go for varieties with no sugar or oil added), or you can just go for the tried and tested plain-old peanut butter.
A few cups of air-popped or low-fat popcorn is a healthy way to satisfy that crunch craving. Popcorn is also a source of fibre, which will help you feel fuller for longer and kids love it because it feels like a treat instead of a healthy snack!
You can’t go wrong with homemade trail mix—prepare your own custom blend of nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a portable and healthy snack option. This one is especially great if you are on the road with kids!
Graham Cracker “Cheesecakes”
These fruity munchies are a healthful way to indulge your little one’s sweet tooth. Mix honey and vanilla extract with ricotta cheese and spread the mixture over cinnamon graham crackers. Pile on sliced strawberries or other fresh fruit.
Talk about a two-minute crowd pleaser: top cucumber that are thickly sliced and slightly scooped out to form a “cup” with a dollop of cottage cheese or leftover tuna or chicken salad and you’re done!