Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
By Meredith Kimelblatt
As kids head back to class to start the new school year, parents everywhere ask themselves the same question: what healthy snacks do you feed hungry kids after school that will fill them up until dinner without ruining their appetites?
For many parents, the couple hours between when the school bus drops off the kids and when dinner is on the table is a difficult one to manage in terms of monitoring what children are eating. Kids are notoriously anti-vegetables and pro-sugar, so it’s not uncommon for them to head straight for the cookies or chips instead of the carrot sticks when they get home from school. So, how do you make sure your kids are eating snacks that are healthy for them without only feeding them fruit and vegetables? Try out these kid-friendly after-school snack ideas that hungry students will devour without even realizing they’re eating healthy
Tortillas and Cheese
Tortillas and Cheese are certainly not known for being the healthiest of foods, but if you choose tomato, spinach or whole wheat tortillas and reduced-fat cheese, you can serve your kids a guilt-free snack that they’re sure to be excited about. Simply sprinkle some cheese on one half of a tortilla, fold over the other half and heat up in the microwave or on the stove for a cheesy, filling quesadilla snack.
Pita and Hummus
Whole grain pita is one of the best after-school snack foods you can feed to kids; it’s full of fiber and nutrients that are processed out of white breads. Hummus is a great low-calorie, high-nutrient dip; just don’t let your kids know that they’re eating chickpeas! Pita and hummus is the perfect snack to have before dinner, too, since it’s filling but still so healthy.
Fruit and Yogurt
Most hungry kids won’t consider a piece of fruit to be enough to tide them over until dinnertime, so try adding cut up peaches, strawberries or other mixed berries to some yogurt for a heartier snack. Yogurt is high in calcium and fiber, and fruits contain dozens of vitamins and other nutrients, so combining the two definitely qualifies as a healthy snack. For an even more filling snack that’s still healthy, add some granola to the mix.
The next time your hungry student comes running into the kitchen, hand him or her one of these healthy snacks for a guaranteed happy kid as well as a nutritious start to the school year.
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