5 Nutritious After School Snack Ideas
May 29, 2024

Keeping kids satisfied and healthy can be challenging, especially when it comes to snack time. Here are five nutritious and delicious snack ideas that your kids will love after a long day at school, and you'll feel good about them too!

Yogurt Parfaits

Yogurt are packed with calcium and probiotics, which are great for growing bones and supporting healthy digestion. Start with a base of Greek yogurt for the added protein, then layer with fresh fruits of your choice like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Top it off with a sprinkle of granola for a satisfying crunch. And, for a bit of  extra sweetness, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup can be the perfect touch. 

Veggie Sticks and Hummus

Crunchy and colorful veggie sticks served with hummus make for an engaging and nutritious snack. Slice up a variety of vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and celery, into “sticks”. Then pair them with a side of Hummus! Made from chickpeas, Hummus is a source of protein and fiber, and its creamy texture pairs well with the crispness of the vegetables.

Apple Slices with Nut Butter

An all-time favorite and snack time classic, apple slices paired with nut butter offer a great balance of natural sweetness and protein. Slice up an apple and serve it with a side of your child’s preferred nut butter. The options are endless - peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or even sunflower seed butter for those with nut allergies. This snack is rich in vitamins and healthy fats, so not only is it delicious, but it’s also sustaining

Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers

Cheese and crackers are a classic combination that kids adore. Opt for whole grain crackers for added fiber and nutrients, and choose cheese varieties like cheddar, mozzarella, or string cheese for a good dose of calcium and protein. This snack is not only satisfying but also easy to pack for on-the-go activities after school!

Smoothie Popsicles

Smoothie popsicles are a fun and refreshing way to sneak in some extra fruits and veggies. Blend together fruits like berries, mangoes, and spinach with a splash of juice or milk. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze. These colorful treats are a great way to cool down on a hot day and are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

Incorporating these nutritious snacks into your kids' diet can help fuel their day with essential vitamins and minerals while keeping them happy and satisfied. These options are easy to prepare, fun to eat, and a way to encourage healthy eating habits from a young age. And, what makes these ideas even better is that you can find the ingredients you need to prepare these snacks at your local Otter Co-op food store!

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