Healthy Snacks For Kids
If your kids are anything like mine, there is that time everyday, usually after school, when they can get “hangry” super fast. I mean, zero to full on rage monster in 2.5 seconds flat! I’ve learned this the hard way. Like the time I scheduled a dentist appointment right after school, where we can’t eat before because we can’t brush our teeth in the car. And we can’t eat for 30 minutes afterwards because…fluoride. Ugh.
My youngest is prone to meltdowns, even on the walk home from school. So I’ve learned to have snacks at the ready, as soon as they walk in the door. While it’s tempting, especially for my oldest (the non-stop eating machine with the hollow leg), to pop pizza pockets in the microwave, I have tried over the years to provide some healthy snack ideas instead.
Fruits and Veggies Smoothies
Especially on those days where we are on the go, running from school to tutoring to sports or cadets, it’s key to have fast, yet filling snacks. These Fruits and Veggies Smoothies fit the bill! I can put them together ahead of time in the freezer, then just mix in some protein powder, blend and go! Each kid has their favourite shaker bottle so we don’t mix them up.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
While we can’t pack these in school lunches (most schools now are nut-free zones), these are a big hit with my kids for after-school snacks while they do homework. It gives them just enough sweetness and energy to power through until dinner time. Super fast to make, with only 5 ingredients, it’s a great recipe that kid’s can help make too! I tend to keep them in the freezer so they don’t all get eaten in one sitting.
Apples and Cheese
This is hands down my youngest kid’s favourite snack. He will ask for it in his lunch, at home while doing homework, even when he’s busy playing video games. Straight up cut up apples (our favourite is Gala apples, but any favourite variety will do), and cheese. Again, you can add variety by changing up your cheese selections, but just plain Old Cheddar is the standby. You can also pair it with ham or turkey slices.
I love letting my kids make their own versions of Trail Mix. Sometimes it becomes a bit of a negotiation to get a balance of healthy (raisins, dried fruit, nuts and seeds) and not-so-healthy (m&m’s, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows). Bases like mini pretzels, cheerios, cereal make a good start, and then add your own options. You can also make these ahead in snack size ziploc bags for on the go.
Got other healthy snacks for kids that are favourites in your house? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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