It’s that time of year again. The weather is starting to cool off and the days are getting shorter. That’s right; it’s back-to-school time.
Life at this time of year always seems to be hectic. After a long lazy summer, all of a sudden there are tons of things to do to get the kids ready to go back to school. Moms and dads everywhere have kicked it into high gear and are ready for the long haul. One of the biggest issues that seems to plague most homes is after-school snacking. It can often be difficult to find a healthy, satisfying and tasty snack that the kids will enjoy.
All parents know that their kids are always hungry, so it is important to feed them something after school that refuels their bodies and brains. If you do not know where to turn when it comes to preparing after-school snacks for your kids, check out these ideas to get you on the right track.
Hummus is no longer an unknown dip in the United States. It quickly gained popularity for good reasons. Hummus in not just an ordinary dip. Many dips have mayonnaise or sour cream as their base ingredient, so they are high in fat and calories, those types of dips are not ideal for an after school snack.
However, hummus is made from ground chickpeas. Since chickpeas are legumes, they pack a nutritional powerhouse punch. Another benefit of hummus is that you can change it up to suit your tastes. If you do not like chickpeas, you can easily substitute white beans instead.
However you choose to make it, hummus is filled with protein and healthy fats that will be sure to satisfy your kids after a busy day of learning. Pair this yummy and nutritious dip with cut up vegetables, or some delicious gourmet CheeseCrisps or CheeseSticks.
Kids are always looking for something sweet and chewy for a snack. However, as a parent, you know that sweet and chewy often means unhealthy. As an alternative, making these fabulous oat squares for your kids’ after school snack is the perfect solution. They are easy to throw together and they are made from nutrient-dense ingredients, so you can rest assured your kids are eating a snack that is good for them.
These bars are also quite versatile. Not only are they ideal for snacking on after school, but the kids can grab one and take it with them as they head out the door to their after school activities. You can even make an extra batch and throw them in everyone’s lunch boxes, too.
If you are a parent who has a difficult time getting your kids to eat enough fruit every day, then this after school snack is for you. It takes deliciously tart apples and cranks them up a notch or two. For the best results, use a firmer apple such as braeburn, gala, or fuji, and then drizzle a bit of semi-sweet chocolate on the edge. Top it off with a sprinkling of granola.
If you want to raise the nutrition level even more, opt for dark chocolate, and make sure the granola you use is low in fat and high in nutrients you can always try this homemade version instead. One taste of this treat and your kids will never want an ordinary apple again. In fact, these might even replace caramel apples.
Few flavors go as well together as peanut butter and banana, which means this after school snack is sure to be a hit with your kids. The protein in the peanut butter and the potassium in the banana satisfy your hungry kids.
This snack doesn’t stop there. It also includes yogurt for some added calcium, cinnamon for just a touch of spice and wheat germ for the perfect amount of crunchy texture. Simply roll up all of these ingredients into a tortilla, and cut into bite-sized pieces that kids of every age will love.
Gourmet Cheese Snacks
Sometimes, the only snack that will do is one that satisfies your kids’ cravings for crunchiness. When that urges hits, serve your kids some delicious CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps, or SweetSticks from John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks. The CheeseCrisps and CheeseSticks are zesty and savory. And they go perfectly with a light dip or on their own. The SweetSticks are equally as crunchy, but they are delectably sweet as they pair perfectly with a small bowl of ice cream or just straight out of the package. All three varieties are baked rather than fried, and they are also low in calories. Therefore, they are healthy choices to give to your kids when they get home from school.
Kids work up a hearty appetite when they are at school all day. When they get home, they deserve a delicious and nutritious snack that lets them know their efforts were recognized. Ensure you have plenty of snacks on hand all through the school year, and always have plenty of John Wm. Macy CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps, and SweetSticks on hand.
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