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6 Healthy After School Snack Ideas for Kids
Growing kids need a lot of energy, and good food to meet those energy requirements. Getting them to eat those foods is, however, can be trickier than you’d expect. If that back-to-school hustle and after school, hunger is proving to be difficult for you, here’s some help!
Read on to discover 6 simple and healthy after school snack ideas for kids.
Popcorn Trail Mix
Still guessing why this one made it to the top of my list of healthy after school snacks for kids?
It’s actually no surprise – it packs in all the good stuff (popcorn with its fiber content, dried fruits with their antioxidants and coconut flakes with their healthy fat). All you need to do is pop a batch of natural popcorn and mix it together with some chocolate chips, dried fruit, dried berries, and coconut flakes.
Roasted chickpeas are another superstar in my list of easy after school snack ideas for kids. They’re crunchy, packed with flavor and all the healthy goodness too! All you need to do is soak some chickpeas overnight (or drain them off a can), drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some spices on top (think BBQ powder or pizza seasoning), spread them onto a baking tray, bake them for around 30 minutes or more.
Your kids will definitely love this protein-packed snack.
Sandwiches can make for a nice filling after school snack option for kids, and there’s so much you can do with them. Get your hands on some greens, salad leaves, olives, sundried tomatoes, cream cheese, mayo, or mustard and experiment with different ingredients and combos.
Sandwiches are also a great way to put your leftovers to great use. Got some rotisserie chicken left from yesterday’s dinner? Add it to the sandwich to get a punch of protein.
Frozen Banana Bites
You just can’t go wrong with bananas – they’re super healthy and nutritious, and if your little one turns his face at them, this recipe could be a great way to get him to eat more of them. To make these, all you need to do is melt some dark chocolate in a double-boiler or two bowls placed on top of the stove. Meanwhile, cut some almost ripe bananas into bite-sized pieces, and poke them halfway through with toothpicks or popsicle sticks. Once the chocolate has melted, dip the bananas into the chocolate until fully covered and set them onto a tray lined with parchment paper and then pop them into the freezer.
Chocolate Coconut Bites
Has your little one got a sweet tooth? These energy balls could be the perfect after school snack for him. Simply blitz together a cup of almonds, coconut flakes and cocoa powder in a food processor until it turns into a fine powder. Now add some soaked dates and a teaspoon or two of raw honey, and combine. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and coat them with coconut flakes.
You’ll be surprised at how delicious these can be!
Veggie Sticks in a Dip
Last, but definitely not the least, here’s a great trick to get your kid more veggies, and possibly even love them! Sure, you can experiment with different dips and sauces (stick to homemade ones as much as you can) or just keep it simple with this super creamy one that you can whip up in minutes. All you need to do is combine some Greek yogurt with oregano, chili flakes and other seasonings of your choice, and that’s it.
Cut celery, cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, or jicama into sticks, push them halfway into a bowlful of dip, and you’re done!