If your kids are anything like mine, they raid the pantry as soon as they walk in the door and inevitably find the one unhealthy treat in the house. I’ve discovered that the best way to attack the after-school munchies is to have a healthy snack waiting for them when they get home with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat. This is also a great time of day to sneak in a few vegetables, because kids are more likely to try something new when they are hungry.
Try out one of these healthy options for a yummy solution to the after school energy slump:
- 1 slice of turkey
- Baby spinach leaves
- 2 percent cheese stick
Place the spinach and cheese stick on a piece of turkey and roll up.
English Muffin Pizza
- 1 whole wheat English Muffin
- 1 Tbsp pizza sauce
- 2 Tbsp 2% mozzarella cheese
- Broccoli florets
Top the English muffin with the pizza sauce, cheese and a few broccoli florets. Heat in the toaster oven or under the broiler until the cheese melts.
Ants on a log
Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on celery and top with a few raisins.
- 1 scoop whey protein powder (Cookies & Cream works well)
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup nonfat or 1% milk
- 1 kiwi
- 1 tsp vanilla
Place all ingredients into a blender with lots of ice and pulse until blended. I promise that your kids will not taste the spinach. Do you have a favorite after-school snack that you serve your kids? Or, do you have a favorite afternoon snack for yourself that keeps the munchies at bay until dinnertime? Please share!