If your kids reach for the potato chips, soda, and candy bars every day after school, it may be time to mix in some variety by adding healthy snack options. But, of course, after school can get busy as you run off to practice, lessons, or fit in another hour or two of work before dinnertime.
It is essential to have easy after-school snacks to make for your family. Or, more importantly, that the kids can throw together themselves. It is never too late to teach healthy eating habits.
After School Food Ideas
You don’t need to go through the cupboards and throw out every processed food and high-sugar snack. Instead, ease the good, healthy after-school snacks into the routine. Urge your kids to try the new snacks and get them used to new tastes and textures.
Take a look at this list of after school food ideas:
- Veggies with Hummus and Roasted Hazelnuts: Carrots, celery, bell peppers, and pea pods are perfect for dipping into hummus. Add chopped-up hazelnuts for a crunchy, nutty flavor.
- Smoothies with Seeds and Dried Fruit Toppings: Smoothies are a great way to cram nutrients into one cup. You can add spinach, chia seeds, and a variety of fruits. Chop up some dried mangos on top for a chewy surprise.
- Strawberries and Greek Yogurt: Sweet strawberries dipped in Greek yogurt are the pairing that is sure to impress. You don’t have to cut up the strawberries. You can quickly put them out on the table for an after-school chat and snack session.
- Oatmeal Cookies: Grind up some almonds to add to your favorite chewy oatmeal cookie recipe. It’s still a cookie, but you can enrich them with protein and healthy fat when you add almonds.
Dazzle your kids with these new, healthy snacks. They will be impressed with your effort and create new habits of trying new things.
At Nature’s Garden, we offer snacks filled with antioxidants and omega-3’s, including dried fruit, seeds, and nuts. You can find your favorite organic snack mix to keep on hand to make healthy snacking easy in your home or on the go.