With these five no-sweat ideas for after-school snacks, you’ll have time left to blissfully veg out in front of your favorite evening show.
We all want our kids to eat healthily. The problem is acting on this wish on a daily basis.
The lack of time, inspiration and hacks, coupled with tiredness and everyday stress, and what do you get?
Junk snacks bought at school or a frenzied rush to the store to buy the snacks in the morning.
However, you can both have your cake and eat it, so to speak. You can prepare healthy, no-brainer snacks for your kids without any hassle.
Heck, you can also prepare these for yourself, which would only set an example for your kids to follow.
The ingredients and things you need are kitchen staples, and you’ll need 10 min tops to have these tucked away in the lunch box the night before. Then it’s mommy time! Finally.
What you need is some pita bread or some tortillas, some spread, fruit, and some sweetener to taste, like honey or maple syrup.
The kid-proof combination is PB & bananas, but really you can grab whatever you find in your fridge or fruit bowl. A super delicious match is Nutella with bananas or strawberries.
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2. Finger Food
If a food mishmash makes you cringe, you’ll need a neat lunch box with compartments for these combos.
Admittedly, these ideas are from a beauty blog and are not intended for kids, but we can get wild here.
The principle is to pack some fruit, veggies, savory snacks like pita bread, crackers, pretzels or bagels and some dip to go with (say, PB, cottage cheese, hummus, or Greek yogurt flavored with favorite herbs).
A small secret if you choose to slice some apples or pears: lemon or pineapple juice will stop them from getting brown and yucky-looking.
You can let the slices sit in a mixture of water and some lemon juice for 10 minutes.
You can also squeeze the lemon juice directly over the apple slices (works great with melons, too) or use pineapple juice for an eye-opening flavor.
A small secret #2 – What can easily happen when you fiddle with fruit peels or skins is they can get stuck in your sink.
I’ve had it happen to me. Here is how you can handle a clogged sink.
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3. Homemade Go-Gurt
You’ll need a zipzicle for this. Not only will this delicious smoothie keep children full and away from sodas, but you can also hide some veggies in there. (Bwahahahaha!)
This ingenious idea says that you should just be “careful” to pair vegetables and fruit of matching color, for example, apricots and carrots.
Bananas will always add a sweet smoothness to whatever combination. And you can add honey or another sweetener to taste.
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4. Colorful Skewers
Similar to the go-gurt point, this snack idea is ideal to make veggies and fruits fun to the little ones.
If you have a daily fight with your kiddos about eating something fresh and healthy, this could be your lifesaver.
Skewers will work for fruit, fruit & veggie combination, deli & cheese or a bold mix of everything.
A small secret #3 – If your kid isn’t big on healthy food or food at all, it might help to include them in the prep of the food.
If you let them choose the groceries or help you out in the kitchen, they’ll be much more likely to actually eat it.
The added bonus is that you’ll have help in the kitchen. So, ask your kiddos to put the food on the skewers, for example, and give them the freedom order them how they like.
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5. Brownie Bites
For many of us, if it doesn’t taste like chocolate, it’s not really a dessert.
With these brownie bites, your kids will feel like they’re eating a “proper” sweet, while in fact, they’ll have a scrumptious nutrient shot of nuts, raisins, cocoa, and cinnamon.
Ask your mama’s little helpers to make the balls.
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