Often by the end of school, kids are hungry and ready for a snack. Snacks can be a healthy way to satisfy hunger and provide energy between meals. Healthy snacks can also help kids stay focused on homework and are a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen! Finding the right foods for snack-time can make all the difference.
Ready-to-Eat Snack Ideas:
Try to keep plenty of ready-to-eat snacks like fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt, and trail mix on hand so kids avoid less healthy snacks like chips and cookies. Produce that is in season now includes: apples, watermelon, grapes (try them frozen!), peaches, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. Click here to find more of the best fruits and veggies to eat this time of year!
Snacks that kids can help prepare:
Kids learn from doing! Have simple and fun snacks that the kids will enjoy making themselves! How about this Homemade Ranch Dip that is low in calories, easy to make, and packed with flavor? Serve with an assortment of your family’s favorite veggies.
Looking for something a little sweeter but still healthy? Kids will love making their own Homemade Ice Cream! This healthy treat can be made with any frozen mixed fruit and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes!
If you need something a little more savory, try these Mini Pizzas on whole-wheat English muffins! Kids will love preparing their personal pizza and it is a great way to sneak in more vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach!
If you have after-school activities to get to, homemade PB&J Oat Bars are a healthy and filling snack on-the-go. This snack only has four ingredients, which makes it easy to make ahead of time with kids and eat for snack time throughout the week.