5 Healthy Afterschool Snacks for Your Littles

5 Healthy Afterschool Snacks for Your Littles

School is starting soon (if it hasn’t already for you), and that means children running in the door after school begging for a snack before continuing in their regular activities. Are you ready for that?

Kids need healthy fuel to keep them going throughout the day. Some schools give the kids snacks in the mid-afternoon, but sometimes you still have those little monsters begging for food when they get home because they are “staaarving”. So it’s always a good idea to have some healthy options on hand that can keep them going until dinnertime.

We suggest making a plan for your afterschool snacks. Incorporate this into your weekly shopping list, and you can even have the kids help you prepare their snacks ahead of time (or when they get home each day).

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got this list of healthy snacks approved by dental professionals like those at www.washingtonperio.com.

Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

Pretty simple, right? Pick up your kids’ favorite fruits, a variety of cheeses, and then cut and cube them up so they are perfect for placing on kabob sticks. You can prep these ahead of time and put them on a tray or in a plastic container in your fridge for the kids to grab each day, or have the fruit and cheese chopped ahead of time and let your kids make their own kabob on a day of your choosing. To make it extra easy, buy pre-cubed cheese.

These are the perfect fruits and cheese for kabobbing:

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Melon
  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Colby Jack Cheese

Meat & Cheese Rollups

If your kids like ham and cheese, then this is the perfect snack for them. Pick up some deli meat (ham, turkey, roast beef), and a favorite cheese (provolone and cheddar are both great). Slice the deli meat and cheese into equal strips (about 1 inch wide), roll up a piece of meat and cheese together, and stick a toothpick in it.

For more flavor, spread mustard, mayo, or cream cheese on the meat before rolling up. These are great snacks to prep ahead of time and store on a tray so it’s easy for your kids to grab and go.

Trail Mix

Trail mix is perfect for an after school snack. With the nuts and seeds, they offer plenty of protein and healthy fats to keep your child sustained until dinner time. You can buy pre-made mixes in the bulk section of the grocery store or make your own! Separate them into little snack baggies and store in the pantry. These last a long time so you can prep them for an entire month if you want to.

If you want to make your own mix, here are some great options for mix-ins:

  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds (without the shell)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate)
  • Raisins
  • Coconut flakes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Cashews
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Granola

To add a little more flavor, try adding spices and seasonings to your mix, like cinnamon or a chili-lime powder. Get creative and have fun with it.

Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites

Pick up some berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – and some vanilla or strawberry yogurt. Place a berry on a toothpick and dip into the yogurt. Place the yogurt covered berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper and freeze for about an hour. Once frozen, you can store them in baggies or an airtight container in the freezer. Let the kids eat them as soon as they get home from school.

This is the perfect snack if they want something sweet to munch on when they get home.

Cucumber Sandwich Kabobs

If you want to make sure your kids are getting their veggies in, this snack is perfect. Slice up cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and deli meat and compile them all onto a toothpick with the cucumber slice acting as the “bread” to sandwich the meat, cheese, and tomato together. Put some ranch on the plate for dipping, or spread mayo or cream cheese on the cucumbers. This snack is not only nutritious, but delicious too!

If you’re ever at a loss for some healthy snacks for yourself or your children, never underestimate the power of Pinterest. There are so many golden ideas that you can find the perfect snacks for you and your family.

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