Want to stop your kids from reaching for chips or cookies when they come home from school? Here are 18 ideas for healthy afternoon snacks for your kids.
1) Tortilla Roll-Ups and Pinwheels
Spread a tortilla with just peanut butter, or with peanut butter and jelly. Roll it up, then slice into one inch pieces to make pinwheels. Or spread cream cheese and add turkey or ham slices, then layer with spreadable cheese and various vegetables. Roll it up and eat.
2) Granola or Cereal, and Yogurt
Granola or cereal make great snacks on their own, but you're adding protein when you stir it into yogurt.
3) Trail Mix
Make your own with peanuts, raisins, granola, grapes, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and any other balanced mix of savory, salty, sweet, and healthy snacks.
4) Fresh Fruit, Applesauce or Dried Fruit
Consider raisins, dates, apricots, prunes, cranberries, plums, as well as mangos and other tropical fruits. They are sweet like candy.
5) Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt brings the protein. And fresh berries add the sweetness.
6) Apple Slices and Dip
Dip in peanut butter, fat-free whipped topping, yogurt, and sugar-free caramel or other dips.
7) Banana “Ice Cream”
The texture of blended blueberries and frozen bananas is delightfully similar to ice cream, only better and healthier.
Try mixing and matching flavors. Consider almond or soy milk, different frozen fruit and flavored yogurts.
9) Fruit-Nut Treats
Make Rice Krispies Treats according to the recipe. Then add 1/4 cup sesame seeds and 1/2 cup each chopped dried fruit and sunflower seeds.
10) Vegetable Sticks with Plain Yogurt Dip
Try raw vegetables like carrots, snow peas, cucumbers, jicama, zucchini and bell pepper slices.
11) Pita Wedges and Hummus
Black bean, edamame or white bean hummus are other options.
12) Boiled or Steamed Edamame
Dunk the edamame in soy sauce or tamari.