Does your child come home from school starving — despite having had a nutritious breakfast and lunch? It’s not surprising; day-long hands-on learning can really work up an appetite for growing girls and boys. Plus, Kids’ Health explains:
[I]t’s not surprising that most [kids] are hungry after school. Many kids eat lunch early — 11:30 or even before — and then have an afternoon of classes and maybe even an after-school activity before their next chance to eat.
But with a healthy dinner only a few hours away, what can you do to keep your hungry student energized and happy until then?
In our previous blog, “Great (and Good For You) Summer Treats for Kids,” we gave you some delightful summer snack ideas, and in this blog we are going to share some ideas for healthy, easy, and affordable after-school treats. To make things even better, many of these recipes are ideal for you and your child to prepare together, which will create not only yummy snacks, but also quality family time. And of course, since we know how busy you are, some of them come pre-made.
The following list provides family-friendly resources for tasty treats:
- Bible snacks. Yes, you read that right. What better way to help enhance religious learning at home than with food, the great motivator. This page on Pinterest offers some of the cutest Bible snacks that we’ve ever seen. Prepare Moses parting the Red Sea, Noah’s Ark, or Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors for a meaningful lesson your child will eat up.
- Easy, healthy snacks. There is something for all ages in this gallery of “22 Easy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Go Wild Over.” Make gummy lobsters and butterfly snack bags with your younger child and healthy pizza muffins and frozen yogurt buttons with your older one. Actually — there’s really no age limit on these snacks. You’ll love them too!
- Gourmet snacks. We always like to throw in some fancier snacks for when you have the time to make them, but this Food Network gallery also includes some simple gourmet recipes too. Sweet and Saltines looks like a world-class dessert, but can be whipped up in no time. On the other hand, Grape Jelly Breakfast Tarts may take a bit more time, but are definitely worth the effort.
- Pre-made snacks. We understand that there are times when you can’t just drop everything to make snacks. If only! So, busy moms and dads, we’ve got you covered: “26 Healthy, Store-Bought After-School Snacks.”
- Allergy-free. Moms and dads of kids with allergies, we’ve got you covered too: “Allergy Free Snacks.”
Do you want to talk to your child about healthy after-school snacking but don’t know where to start? Kids’ Health offers resources for parents, kids, and teens. Visit their “After-School Snacks” page and click on the tabs located toward the bottom of the page.
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