Wednesday, March 20, 2013

After School Snacks

Lately everyday after school my daughter is STARVING! I can't blame her, at about 3pm at the office I get the same feeling. This new after school snacking has left us with a problem. After school my daughter was eating a bowl of cereal and a granola bar and when dinner came around, well you can guess what was happening. She was not hungry. This new afternoon snack was really throwing us for a loop. With the chaos of changing out of uniforms, homework and going through backpacks trying to find a healthy satisfying snack that would not ruin dinner was tough!

I needed a plan. First I needed some ideas for after school snacks. I asked around and searched the internet and made up a list of some healthy after school snacks. Remember to use low or non-fat, whole wheat and sugar-free ingredients when you can! 
  • Zucchini Muffins I love that these are packed with veggies! One big muffin and a glass of milk!
  • Graham Crackers topped with fruit yogurt and banana slice. 
  • Whole grain waffle with peanut butter sliced banana and drizzled with honey.  (minus the peanut butter for my kid!)
  • Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
  • Edamame sprinkled with sea salt
  • Avocado and cheese quesadilla
  • Grilled cheese with apple slices
  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Crackerwiches: Saltine cracker topped with peanut butter and honey, a second saltine cracker topped with jelly and put together like a sandwich. (I loved these as a kid!!!)
  • String Cheese with Apple slices
  • Cottage Cheese with mandarin oranges
The next step to make the afternoon snack easier was to add it in to our weekly menu. This way you know in advance was is being prepared that day after school. This makes it easier to have things prepared and make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. 

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