Healthy After-School Snack Ideas for Kids

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It’s so easy to fill up the snack cabinet with those convenient, tasty treats our kids love. But often times these (usually processed) foods have little to no nutritional value for our kiddos. Healthy eating is just as important for kids as it is for adults, as it can attribute to the prevention of many chronic diseases over time. Introducing your child to healthy eating habits will not only make a positive impact on their health throughout childhood, but it will also shape the way they smart decisions about food as they grow older.

Try these quick and filling healthy snacks the next time your child has the munchies after school. Bonus: These should also hold them over until dinner time!

Kid-Friendly Guac

Avocados are the perfect brain food for a study session! This simple recipe only takes a pinch to whip together, and is a great alternative dip if your child isn’t a fan of spicy foods.

Ingredients:

2 avocados

1 tsp of minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1 diced tomato

Chopped cilantro

Juice from half of a lime

Optional - 1 finely chopped onion

Serve with chopped veggies. tortilla chips, or pita bread.

Smoothie Bowls

These yummy bowls of fruity goodness are easy for kids to help you make, and are super fun to top with colorful designs!

Ingredients:

1 cup berries of choice

1 ripe banana

½ cup of yogurt

1 tbsp honey

Topping suggestions:

Sliced fruit of choice

Granola or oats

Chia seeds

Chopped almonds

Coconut shavings or dark chocolate chips

Chill out with this after-school pick-me-up and enjoy!

Apple Butter Sandwiches

Almond butter has more benefits than just being incredibly delicious. This tasty snack is packed with protein and fiber, while also containing the healthy fats our bodies need!

Ingredients:

Sliced apples

Almond butter (Or nut butter of choice)

Optional – Sprinkle with granola, raisins, or mini chocolate chips

These little sandwiches are sure to be a hit on the next homework break and will give an extra boost of energy!

As a Village Pediatrics patient, your child also has access to experienced dietitians through our partnership with Village Health Partners. If your child needs extra support on their health journey, schedule an appointment with a dietitian here.

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