It’s time for the kids to start heading back to school. Along with all of the frantic shopping for supplies and new clothes, parents are wondering what sort of easy snacks they can provide for their kids for after school. I personally have always liked snacks that are quick and simple, inexpensive, nutritious, and something that kids, depending on their age, can put together themselves. The most important aspect is to be prepared with some healthy ingredients on hand so as to limit your kids (or you!) reaching for junk food after school. Here are five ideas for some easy after-school snacks for your kids.
1. Ham or Turkey Roll-Up – Here’s a somewhat old-fashioned snack that I love. It’s very simple for the kids to create and contains some good protein to keep them going while they study. Take one slice of turkey or ham lunchmeat that isn’t too thick and spread with a rounded teaspoon of cream cheese. Add a pickle and roll up. For variations, try flavored cream cheeses or pickled asparagus, if the kids are a little more adventurous with their food.
2. Tortilla Wrap – Of course, many children today are choosing a vegetarian lifestyle. For an effortless take on the classic peanut butter and jelly, try spreading a small tortilla with a tablespoon each of peanut butter and jelly, then roll up. It’s a great option because it still contains protein. For added benefits, stick with a natural peanut butter and no-sugar-added jelly. Or have pre-cut apples in place of the jelly to be rolled up in the tortilla.
3. Fruit “Pizzas” – I’ve often had dessert pizzas that include sugar cookie crusts and sweetened cream cheese. But for young ones after school, why not try graham crackers as bases, spread them with a teaspoon of plain cream cheese, a drizzle of raspberry jelly, and top with kiwis, apples, and bananas? These easy fruit pizzas will be a cinch for kids to do themselves with pre-cut fruit slices, and they will definitely love the sweet and crunchy snack.
4. Pizza Dunkers – Here is an easy way to give your kids that pizza taste they love, but without the hassle and danger of having them heat food up. Provide pizza sauce in small cups with crispy breadstick crackers and string cheese sticks. They are a very fun alternative snack option. You can also try and incorporate more vegetables into your child’s diet by including sliced bell peppers.
5. Fruit Kabobs – For another fun treat, allow kids to make their own shish kabobs using toothpicks or small skewers. Offer pre-cut pineapple, bananas, apples, strawberries, and grapes on plates or in bowls. Have the kids assemble the kabobs. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt for a delicious and healthy dip.