After a busy day at school, the first thing those kiddos need (after a hug!) is a little snack boost…and the last thing you want to do is fix another meal while you are getting dinner together! Here’s a list of healthy after school snacks the kids can make themselves!
“I’m hungry – can I have a snack when we get home?”
I actually don’t snack my kids very much. At least in my house it seems that snacking always led to lunch or dinner not being eaten well. But kids in full time school really have a long day. And especially when they are going though growth spurts, or are in after school activities in the evening, a quick snack when they get home can mean the difference between a crabby kid and one that has had a little energy boost to make it to dinner time happily.
My biggest goal in after school snack time is
I don’t want to cook…and better yet – I want my 6 year old to be able to fix it herself (and for her 4 year old sister!). If the kids are old enough to be in school they are old enough to learn how to fix themselves a simple snack!
The key word being learn. If you set the guideline and expectations clearly, this can be super easy!
Here are a few tips:
- Sit down with the kids and this list and let them decide on 5 snack ideas that sound great to them.
- Let them help you prep things on the weekend for snacktime. For instance, older kids can help cut veggie sticks and younger ones can stir up the Ranch dressing. The container of veggie sticks and jar of dip can be ready to go and in a kid reach-able spot in the fridge so they can help themselves with mom hands free.
- Label/guide the serving size they can take. Put a 1/2 cup measure or equivalent cup size in the container of trail mix. Have 1/2 cup or so containers or bowls at their reach for yogurt. You could even make a simple, short list to keep on the fridge for them to follow.
- Practice. I know it sounds so odd, but especially when it comes to younger ones who are still learning how to follow step by step instructions correctly, this is important so you don’t end up pulling your hair out over a big mess in the kitchen.
- Don’t forget clean up. The last thing you need is more crumbs, silverware, and bowls to put away and/or wash. Show them where you expect the empty containers to go or how they should be washed. Show them how to wipe the counter too.
So here are 10 snack ideas to get you started!
1. One scoop from the “Trail Mix” container.
Fruit On the Bottom Yogurt Cups.
3. Healthy Snack Bars.
4. Ants on a Log.
5. Hard Boiled Egg from the Fridge Stash & a Piece of Fruit.
6. Fruit & Cheese.
7. Veggie Sticks & 5 Minute Ranch
8. Fruit & Nuts.
9. Guacamole & Tortilla Chips.
10. Cheese & Crackers.
Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 5 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.