It’s that time of year again when school is steadily coming up right around the corner. Along with early mornings comes the sluggish 3pm crash and always’s so conveniently timed with starting homework. It’s easy to move the day along and throw a Hot Pocket in the microwave, but why not give your kids something healthy and satisfying they will definitely enjoy? These after school snacks are packed with protein, healthy fat, and lots of nutrients to help power your young ones through the rest of the week.
Frozen Yogurt Grapes– Dip fresh grapes in creamy Greek yogurt, sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze for 45 minutes.
Avocado Boats– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice an avocado in half and remove the pit. Crack an egg in the middle and bake for ten minutes until yolks are runny. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.
Antipasto Wraps– Layer Prosciutto and Provolone, top with sliced roasted pepper and basil. Roll up and serve with Italian bread.
Brain food Berry Smoothie– Blend one cup frozen blueberries, ¼ almonds, half an avocado, and one cup of pomegranate juice for a delicious and healthy berry treat.
Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwich – Layer slices of sharp cheddar and granny smith apples between two slices of multigrain bread and grill until golden brown and melty. Yum!
Granola Mix- Mix 3 cups of rolled oats, 1 cup mixed seeds, one cup mixed nuts, 1 cup chocolate chips, ¼ cup shredded coconut, and a pinch of salt and cinnamon. Bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Add dried fruit if desired.
Ham and Cantaloupe Kebabs– this might sound like an odd combo, but the salty and sweet balance makes for a tasty bite. Stack skewers with chunks of cantaloupe and sliced ham serve with a side of natural maple syrup to dip.
Pretzel Melts– Sandwich slices of fresh mozzarella and pepperoni between two pretzels. Line baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for ten minutes. Serve with Ranch dipping sauce.
Chicken Salad and Waffles – pair chopped chicken with mayo, salt, pepper, rosemary, cranberries, and grapes for a tasty and filling chicken salad. Toast mini whole grain waffles and top with a heaping spoonful.
These easy and satisfying snacks may scratch your little ones hunger itch, but they’re not just for kids. Try combining several different snacks for a “bento box” style lunch and even pair with a smoothie for a complete and healthy meal! You’ll never feel the late afternoon drag again with these delicious and substantial snacks.