Food

After School Snackies

My daughter comes home from school every day at around 3:15 and she is absolutely famished!  She could eat a whole meal then, but being that she’s only five years old, she would fill up too much to want dinner later.

When I was in high school, I could also eat an entire meal at that hour and still eat dinner, but I was on the soccer team and running around for two hours in between. For the young kids, and for those who want a light snack, you’ve got to give them something that is healthy and not too filling.

I have found some winners lately that I wanted to share with you:

  • Cheese and crackers. I’m not into fat-free anything as it seems when you remove all fat from dairy products, the ingredients suddenly change to include un-natural products that I can’t pronounce.  Low-fat cheese is okay, but if you limit the amount of cheese actually eaten by your child, then it is okay to have a regular old cube or two. I also like to serve the cheese with whole grain crackers.
  • Creamy Salsa Dip and Veggies
  • Hummus and baby carrots, celery and pita chips or Rach’s White Bean Dip
  • Sliced apples and natural peanut butter or a handful of almonds. Here’s a version of this snack that is more like a treat because it contains caramel.
  • Baby carrots and creamy dill or ranch dip
  • Rach’s Pizza Dip
  • Celery with peanut butter or cream cheese or spreadable cheese (like Laughing Cow) spread inside
  • Applesauce (no sugar added) with a glass of milk and a side of animal crackers or a slice of cheese
  • Trail mix: Raisins or Craisins, walnuts or almonds, M&Ms or chocolate chips (just a few), diced dried fruit
  • Edamame and pretzels
  • “Milkshakes”: In a blender combine: Milk, frozen fruit or fresh fruit and ice cubes, a shot of vanilla and if you need to add a little flavor, a teaspoon of honey. Add just enough milk to make the blender work and you wind up with something that can be thick enough to eat with a spoon and the kids think of it more like ice cream than a drink.

What do you give your kids as a snack?

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