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After School Snack

apples and peanut butter

Doesn’t this look delicious.  It reminds me of spring, and we are anxiously awaiting spring.   We had a few hours of sun yesterday and it was terrific.

This an example of a balanced snack.  There were frozen strawberries that I defrosted.  Some mini-muffins, and a little plain yogurt for some protein.  The toothpick can be used to stab and dip the strawberries into the yogurt. Yum, Yum.

If I don’t set something out to snack on after school, they will go straight for the pantry and eat cereal. Not bad, but for the most satisfying and balanced snack, combine protein with a carbohydrate.  Such as:

  • apples with peanut butter
  • fruit and yogurt
  • fruit and cottage cheese
  • Lean ham wrapped around a pretzel stick (my ketchup boy likes this, dipped in ketchup of course).
  • Nuts and raisins
  • String cheese and banana.
  • Low fat cheese on whole wheat crackers.

Get creative.  The more balanced your kids snacking is, the less cranky they will be till the next meal time.  Unless you like cranky kids.  And put it all on a cute plate like the one in the picture!

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Great list! I’m always looking for more snack ideas. Right now we’re in “surprise” mode. THey want to close their eyes while I concoct a plate of “secret food” for them. I love this because every now and then I can sneak in something they wouldn’t normally eat. I always try to include something like a couple of chocolate chips or something like so they always get excited when they open their eyes.

By the way, I made a muffin mix today and through in a couple of tablespoons of flax. My kids devoured them. Yay!

(ps- your pictures aren’t showing up for me…)

Cute plates! I throw in a cheese stick (real or string) and a fruit leather for on the go. Also pretzels and cheese, yogurt and granola, whole wheat muffins and yogurt. Love your ideas!

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