You’re probably all too familiar with the stampede that enters your house after school. The hungry kids act like they haven’t eaten in days. This means they want treats they can enjoy at that exact moment. We’ve got a list of healthy, yummy snacks you can prep for them so all you need to do is pull them out and serve the hungry herd.
Apple Nachos – The kids will think they’re eating dessert with a plate of apple nachos. Cut up some apples and mix them with some caramel drizzle and raisins for the perfect mix.Read More »
Ranch Popcorn – Popcorn is pretty healthy when it’s basic, air-popped popcorn. Throw on some ranch seasoning for a tasty, spicy treat.
Trail Mix – It’s important to get a balance of everything in trail mix. Mix your protein and fat from the nuts with the hunger curbing carbs of your raisins and seeds. You can throw in some candy if you need a sugary treat, too.
Homemade Granola Bars – There’s a million different types of granola bars out there. You can pretty much put any type of nuts, seeds and dried fruit together for the perfect bar. If you want some carbs, throw in some oats. If you really want a treat, throw in some chocolate chips.
Cubed Cheese And Fruit Skewers – Who doesn’t want their snacks served on skewers? Fruit and cheese is amazing together. Get out some skewers and get to cubing. Switch out different fruits with different types of cheese to find your favorites.
Potato Doughnuts – These homemade donuts aren’t made with big potatoes, but potato flakes. They take out all the sugary stuff you usually throw in a donut. You can put some sugar on the top, but the best thing is you get to control how much sugar the kids add to these doughnuts.
Pita Bread And Hummus – Hummus is one of the best after school treats to pair with many different things. Pita bread or pita chips are easy and fun. The kids have no clue they’re eating healthy either.
Frozen Banana – The frozen banana trick makes the kiddos think they’re indulging in a type of popsicle. Freeze a banana rolled in nuts or chocolate for about 15 minutes. You can even roll it in yogurt. Put it on a stick for a fun twist.
Fruit And Yogurt Parfait – A parfait isn’t just for a snack, you can also serve it at breakfast. They’re great because you can customize them with whatever yogurt and fruit you have laying around. Put some granola on top. Store them in the fridge for up to five days. The bonus about these guys is they look yummy while being healthy and easy, too.
Monster Balls – These monster balls may look bad for you, but they’re actually pretty healthy. With the nutritious ingredients of oats and peanut butter, you can throw in some candy for a pop of sugar and color. Store them in the freezer until you’re ready to feed the hungry herd.
Smoothies – Get out some yogurt, soy milk, almond milk, granola or fruit, and get to the mixer. Smoothies can be stuffed full of nutrituious things when you start throwing in coconut for healthy fats and flaxseed for fiber.
Peanut Butter Cheerios – Yes, peanut butter and Cheerios can make a healthy treat. These are no bake, too. They’re ready in about 30 minutes, made with only a few ingredients.
Unicorn Pop Tarts – A pop tart is tough to make healthy enough. You can make a pretty pastry crust with sweetened lowfat cream cheese and rainbow sprinkles for this treat. Make a homemade vanilla glaze for the top, too. It’s not as healthy as some other treats, but it’s not as bad as ice cream for sure.
Banana Muffins – The kitchen will smell like a comfort zone while everyone gets to indulge in the goodness of a banana muffin. A low-fat banana muffin is easy to make, and healthy to boot. You can add raisins or a few mini choclate chips, too.
Baked Veggie Bites – Most kids love chips. Crispy baked vegetable chips are almost the same thing. You can make them using beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini and/or any veggie you have in your fridge. These are much healthier than potato chips doused in oil.
Snack prep doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can be creative with what you have in the pantry. The most important thing is that the kids fill their appetite so they can make it to dinner. We know the herd gets hungry every few hours, so it’s always great to have a few snacks ready to launch.