Preparing after-school snacks can be quite tricky. You would want to give your kids something to munch on after a full day at school, but you wouldn't want to give them anything too heavy that they'll lose their appetite for dinner.
Though it's easy to give them store-brought stuff like packaged cookies or instant mac and cheese, there are numerous ways to give your kids easy-to-prepare snacks that are made from whole foods and are teeming with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Here are some healthy, fruity after-school snacks that your kids will love to munch on this National Food Snack Month. Enjoy!
Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups (Bless This Mess)
This is the perfect one-jar snack for kids who love yogurt and berries. It's basically berries and maple syrup topped with healthy (possibly homemade) yogurt filled with good bacteria.
Top it with a teaspoon or two of chia seeds and you're giving your children extra antioxidants that will boost their immune system.
"These fruit on the bottom yogurt cups are so much fun to mix together and enjoy with some chia on top (extra nutrition that’s easy enough to enjoy if you ask me). Just simmer blueberries in a little bit of maple syrup to make a sweet fruity layer and then top with plain yogurt."
- 1½ cups fresh or frozen berries
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Plain greek yogurt
Banana Split Bites (MOMables)
Kids just love banana split and this bite-size snack is just the pick-me-up that every kid needs after a long, tiring day at school. Made with pineapple, bananas, and strawberries, these mini-fruit kebobs are dipped in chocolate and nuts.
This snack may taste like a guilty, chocolaty treat, but it's actually filled with great stuff like vitamin C and potassium.
"I know these don’t actually contain ice cream… but because the fruit is frozen you really get the 'ice cream feel.' If you are anything like me, you are usually taking a bite (or two) of the afternoon treats along with your kids. This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating!"Ingredients:
- 12 1" pieces pineapple
- 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren't too ripe)
- 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
- 2.5oz dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs (Chocolate Covered Katie)
This may just be the most adorable, colorful and appetizing fruit kabob on the face of the Earth! What could be more beautiful that these vibrant bite-size fruit slices? More than being an eye candy, this kabob is actually filled with vitamins and antioxidants. Make it extra special by serving the fruit kabobs with a small bowl of yogurt to dip them in.
"Reach for one of these adorably delicious fruit kabobs the next time you’re craving Sour Patch Kids or jelly beans. They’re easy to make and are even kid-friendly!"
- Strawberries or raspberries
- Oranges or cantaloupe
- Pineapple or banana
- Kiwi or honeydew
- Purple grapes
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