Your kids are coming home and they will be hungry. What do you have stocked for healthy snacks after school?
I say “stocked” because I’m not the mother who cut up fruit into little shapes so they looked like a smiley face (well, I might have done this on the weekends).
I’m usually the mother who is balancing work and childcare so I empower my 9 and 12 year old to make their own snacks (and to clean up).
A friend of mine’s son came home on the bus for the first time by himself (neither parent could be there for an hour) walked in and made two fried eggs. He was in the fourth grade and his mother was shocked he would even attempt it.
They had to have a little talk about using the stove without supervision but I like his ingenuity. He wanted eggs so he made eggs. What’s not to like? My advice is to walk away from the kitchen and see what happens.
I don’t need to tell you that my kids demand stuff like packaged granola bars and chips. Wouldn’t that be so easy? They would love that. Instead, I attempt to inspire them to make something with fresh food.
Whatever you do – do not buy them the Worst Snack to Eat. You will be tempted but DON’T DO IT!
Sometimes it works and sometimes they sigh heavily, roll their eyes, and starve.
On a few of the recipes below, I use a waffle iron. Kids love using it because it is easier for them to manage than the stove. My kids also love the “waffle” shape. It is kinda like an “Easy Bake Oven” except that it doesn’t use a light bulb ☺.
My kids also love the blender for smoothies. My daughter is always trying to come up with new fruit combinations so I make sure to have some bags of frozen fruit ready for her. I am usually forced to try her concoctions.
How do you handle healthy snacks after school?
1. Peanut Butter and Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
Get the recipe here: Peanut Butter and Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
2. Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
Get the recipe here: Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Get the recipe here: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
4. Banana Peanut Butter Waffledillas
Get the recipe here: Banana Peanut Butter Waffledillas
5. Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes Recipe
Get the recipe here: Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes
6. Waffle Iron Banana Bread
Get the recipe here: Waffle Iron Banana Bread
7. Crunchy Waffle Potato Bites
Get the recipe here: Crunchy Waffle Potato Bites
8. One Minute Waffle Iron Baked Apples
Get the recipe here: One Minute Waffle Iron Baked Apples
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