Are your kids always hungry after school? Are you looking for healthy after school snacks that can be eaten before dinner, but that won’t make your kids too full? Then you are in the right place. Here’s…
5 Healthy After School Snacks
I swear the first thing Evie says when she comes back from school or nursery isn’t ‘hi Mum’, it’s…’I’m hungry.
Just like regular school kids, she tends to finish at 3pm and then the cries begin. We don’t tend to eat dinner until 5 or 6pm, so I always try to avoid giving her too much food between 3 and 5. If I do there is no chance of her eating an ounce of her dinner.
One thing we do though, is offer her a really light, healthy after school snack. This seems to tide her over until dinner time, but doesn’t leave her feeling too full that she refuses to eat it.
If you’re looking for some healthy after school snack ideas for your kids, or if you’re just looking for some healthy things to munch on yourself, then here are a few ideas for you.
1. Almond Butter Apple Bagels
First up is Evie’s ultimate favourite snack; almond butter apple bagels. These go down such a treat in our house. I love how healthy they are and they’re also so easy to make! Simply slice up some apples and core out the middle of them, so they look like little bagels. Then, spread them with your favourite nut butter, ours is almond. Then just offer a couple of slices just like that as a snack. If you want to, you can even jazz them up a little bit more by sprinkling them with a few pieces of walnuts, or some other nuts and seeds. We’ve used pumpkin seeds and goji berries above!
2. Hummus With Vegetables
Nowadays we always have hummus and vegetables in the fridge as a pre-made snack. I work from home and this is a snack I love to have when I’m also feeling hungry. We usually have a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables already made or chopped up.
We normally boil some asparagus or we cut up some cucumber sticks, raw carrot sticks, celery and peppers. These then all get stored in a little bowl or lunch box, ready to be dipped in the hummus when hunger strikes.
3. Aubergine Pizzas
If you can just about stand the ‘I’m hungry cries’ for another 15 minutes, then these aubergine pizzas are such a great, warm after school snack. They can also be pre-made and stored in the fridge if you prefer. To make them, you’ll need to pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6. Then, slice up an aubergine and put the slices on a baking tray. Sprinkle each slice with some sea salt and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes. When they come out, keep the slices in the tray but brush each one with a little olive oil. Then add a spoonful of passata to the top of each slice, sprinkle with a little basil and add some thinly slices mozarella. Then simply put the slices under the grill until the mozarella melts.
4. Peanut Butter and Banana on Wraps
These nut butter and banana wraps are delicious. We sometimes put these in Evie’s lunch box as well. To make them, simply spread a wrap with any nut butter – we love peanut butter for this combo.
When you’ve finished spreading put a whole banana at one end of the wrap and then just roll it up. When it’s rolled, cut the wrap into bite sized slices and offer them up on a plate. One or two bites should keep them going right through until dinner time. The rest can be stored in the fridge for a later date.
5. Yoghurt Bites
These little yoghurt bites are perfect for the warmer months when you’re kids are craving ice-cream, but you’d prefer them to have a healthy alternative. Yoghurt bites are small little frozen bits of yoghurt stuffed with fresh fruit. They’re super easy to make and you can add whichever fruits you like. You can find our recipe for these below.
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So, there you have it, 5 super healthy after school snacks that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.
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