With “back to school”, comes planning school lunches and also lots of after school snacks!
My kids always come home from school hungry! This year, Alex will get out of school right around lunch time and eat lunch at home, but Maggie will get home around 3pm. I know she’ll be ready for a snack right away and Alex will hungry again by then too. I like to try and have snack time right around 3pm, otherwise they are not hungry for dinner. This year, I’m trying to have some snacks ready to go at 3pm, and some that they can make themselves, so snack time doesn’t linger too close to dinner.
A few tips for prepping after school snacks:
– Prepare ahead of time: Before the week starts, chop fruit and veggies and put in containers in the fridge, so you can easily take out and serve for snacks
– Designated snack area: Have a basket or cabinet with the snacks so they can come in and “help themselves”
– Involve the kids: After school snacks can also be a fun afternoon activity for kids. Give them the healthy supplies and let them make their snacks (recipes below).
2 recipes for fun after school snacks kids can make:
Peanut Butter Smiley Faces
Ingredients: muffin cut in half (we used an english muffin), bowl of peanut butter and dried cranberries or raisins.
Directions: Give the child a plate with the cut muffins, peanut butter and dried cranberries or raisins. Give them a child safe knife or spoon. Let them put on the peanut butter and arrange the “smiley face”. Their snack is now ready to enjoy!
Silly Shapes Cheese and Crackers
Ingredients: cheese cut into silly shapes using cookie cutters, crackers
Directions: For younger kids, cut out the cheese shapes ahead of time. Older kids can use the cookie cutters on the cheese to make the shapes. Let them put the shapes on the crackers and enjoy!
An easy way to stay prepared with healthy snacks is by using Door to Door Organics. We enjoy Door to Door at our house, because of the convenience of having healthy food delivered right to us weekly (or every other week). You can get a box of organic fruits and veggies delivered year round. Then, you can add on tons of other delicious foods to the order too. The prices are great and they really help busy families stay on top of healthy eating. You can follow along with their Back to School #SnackAttactics program on social media. They are sharing tons of great recipes and tips.
Now for a yummy, healthy giveaway! Door to Door Organics will send 2 lucky winners a prize pack including:
$50 gift certificate to Door to Door Organics
Klean Kanteen water bottle
To-Go Ware Bamboo utensils
Eco lunch bag
Cuppow mason jar sippy lid
Organic Pomegranate Lip Balm
*Winner must live in an area that Door to Door Organics services. Check website for details.
To enter, please comment below with your favorite healthy snack ideas. You can also enter by commenting on the giveaway Facebook post with your healthy snack ideas. Visit that post here:
You get 2 entries for commenting both places. Good luck and happy healthy snacking!