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Healthy After School Snacks Do Not Have To Stress Moms Out

School is back in session!! I LOVED every bit of my summer with my 3 boys. But the routine I was craving could not have come soon enough. Getting back into the swing of things includes homework, sports practices, making lunches, and of course, feeding those hungry kiddos after school.

Making sure they have a healthy after school snack is important for a few reasons. They are coming off of a long day, and need to refuel. You also want to make sure they are not bouncing off the walls before dinner. So what can you make them that is healthy, but fun? Satisfying, but appealing?

1. Create your healthy after school snack list together. I had my kids give me their favorite foods in a list. They could pick a few treats and then their favorite healthy foods.

So, we compromise. We look at our activities for the day, and fuel for what is ahead. Some of our healthy after school snacks include:

  • Crackers with peanut butter
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Waffles with peanut butter
  • Turkey or Ham Roll ups
  • Cherry tomatoes dipped in yogurt and honey
  • Frozen grapes or fruit
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Homemade French toast sticks (breakfast is OK all day long!)
  • Homemade frozen yogurt treats (see recipe below)

2. We also look at our activities that day, and fuel around that. If we have a practice or game, we make sure our snack is full of nutrients, but we also need to leave room for dinner. Every family is different with their schedules, so plan accordingly to what works for you.

3. On the Go? Pre-planning is your key. Yogurt cups, an apple and nuts or homemade granola bars travel well. And don't forget their water bottles!

Together with your kiddos you can create a fun and healthy after school snack list! Include your children in these decisions, and you may be surprised on what they want.

LS-Fitness Homemade Frozen Yogurt Treats

Plain Greek Yogurt (I use 2% Fage)

Honey

Fruit Of Your Choice

 Spoon the yogurt into your blender, add some honey to taste, and fruit. Blend until smooth. Pour your mixture into a glass pan, or ice pop trays. Freeze and enjoy!! Involve your kids with making these and create fun pops you can enjoy all year round. 

Some fruit ideas are: blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, cherries and bananas

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Comment by Cindy Dudas on September 22, 2015 at 1:46pm

I would've never thought to put tomatoes with yogurt and honey!  I HAVE to try it now!  

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