Healthy After School Snacks That Will Make Them Cheer
School’s back in session and that means you’ve got hungry kids rummaging through your refrigerator looking for something to eat. So, how about a few kid-friendly snacks that will curb their hunger without spoiling their dinner? Here are some healthy treats that will please even the pickiest of after school eaters.
- Fruit kabobs- Every kid loves fruit kabobs. Just chop up some fresh strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, or any other fruit you have on hand and slide it onto a shish kabob stick. There’s almost nothing prettier than a fruit kabob, and they’re so easy to make!
- Granola parfait- If you have a little more time, layer Greek yogurt, granola and fruit for a pretty and fresh treat everyone will enjoy. This is also a great breakfast for families on the go, who don’t have a lot of time in the mornings.
- Caramel popcorn- Make your own by melting 1/3 cup of butter with a tablespoon of honey and a little bit of salt. Mix with 10 cups of popcorn and pecans and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Nachos on pita- Cut up some whole wheat pita into small wedge shapes and broil until golden brown. Top with grated cheese and salsa for a healthier alternative to the same old salsa and chips.
- Cheese- Cubed cheese is a healthy and protein-filled snack that will keep your kids full until dinnertime. Pair it with cheese for a fresh and filling treat. If you have a little extra time, you can chop the cheese into fun shapes.
- Ants on a log- Cut up celery sticks into small pieces and fill with peanut butter; place raisins in the peanut butter. This healthy snack is ready in minutes, so if you’re short on time this is the recipe for you.
- Hummus and carrots- Pick up some hummus at your local deli, or search the internet for an easy recipe to make on your own with some chickpeas and a few spices. Mix it together and then pair it with crackers.
- After school appetizers- Chop up broccoli, cauliflower and celery; add a few cherry tomatoes and pour some ranch dressing for fast and healthy finger food. If you’re worried about calories, try some with mustard or low-calorie dressing.
- Pretty apple wedges- Slice apples into wedges and decorate them with raisins, nuts, flax, coconut, chocolate, or cranberries. Whatever you use, just make it look pretty and your kids won’t even realize how healthy it is.
If you’d like to learn more about nutrition, contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain the impact of a healthy diet on your overall wellness. Talk to your chiropractic team today to find out how exciting a life devoted to healthy living can be.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.