Oh man! It’s that time of year again: school buses, homework, and dismissal bells. And don’t forget! Kids might be coming home from school starving because they didn’t have enough to eat during the day – if your kids are anything like mine! You know they are going to want an after-school snack, but if you let them raid the pantry, they’re going to fill up on junk food and sugar.
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Healthy After-school Snacks
The problem with letting them have chips or chocolate as their after-school snack is their blood sugar is going to spike. They will feel great for a little while, and then they’ll come crashing down. And very likely, so will their mood again! If your kiddo is in sports or has other after-school activities before dinner, the sugar and refined carbs won’t keep them full long enough to power through. They may even compensate by drinking or eating more sugar, and pretty soon, they (and you!) will be on a hamster wheel of poor nutrition. In case you missed it, I share ways to curb sugar cravings here.
So you make a veggie tray with some hummus instead…And that is a hard pass from them too. You know you want to give them an after-school snack that has a good balance of carbs and protein, so they take the edge off of their hunger and refill their energy levels to make it through homework and play practice, but they want something super-tasty, easy, and a snack that feels special. Maybe you can meet in the middle. What if you could offer snacks that are (reasonably!) healthy but also meet their taste and fun requirements too? Well, now you can tame the beast! Here are 10 healthy after-school snacks your kids will ask for.
What are the go-to healthy after-school snacks that your kids love? How do you help them feel energized without the crash? Let us know in the comments below!
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