I don’t know about you, but when I pick my children up from school they are starving like a pair of feral wolves, ready to eat anything that’s placed in front of them. While store bought snacks are the easiest option for busy parents to pick up, I find that a few simple switcheroo’s while choosing after school snacks can make healthy food choices a lot easier.
Instead of Store Baked Goods, Pre-Bake Healthy Options at Home
My favorite trick is to pre-bake and freeze mini muffins ahead of time. Bake up a batch of muffins that are healthy, such as my Nine Grain Blueberry Muffins. By making them at home you take out a lot of the fat, replace highly processed flour with whole grains and leave all the taste! Package them up in bags of two or three, place in the freezer and you have something healthy to grab and go when it’s time to feed the kids.
Instead of Potato Chips & Dip, Switch to Pita Chips & Guacamole.
Instead of chips and dip after school, switch out the usual high fat potato chips for pita chips. My kids love to dip these in guacamole or salsa, both which are chock full of vitamins and minerals for growing young bodies.
Add Some Pizzazz To Vegetables
Spice up – literally- the usual after school sliced vegetables and try making some refrigerator pickles. Carrots, cucumbers, celery and more can all be turned into pickles. Use a recipe that doesn’t involve canning and takes mere minutes such as my favourite Refrigerator Sweet Pickled Carrots and you will have pickled vegetables that last for a few weeks in the fridge.
Instead of Fruit Bars, Make Fruit Kabobs
Everything tastes better on a stick to kids and fruit is no exception. Fruit such as grapes, bananas and strawberries barely need more prep time than the usual washing and placing on a skewer. If you have time, delving into less common fruit such as pineapples and kiwis make the fruit kabobs a lot more exciting!
Find a Healthier Cookie Recipe
Switching out your basic white refined sugar, white flour and nutrition-less chocolate chip cookie recipe to a recipe packed with nutrition makes a world of difference. My favourite is my whole wheat, oatmeal and hemp heart chocolate chip cookies, which has my whole family fooled, including my husband. Cookies can be a great after school treat when you use the right recipe!
What are some tricks that you use at home to make healthier choices when it comes to feeding the kids their after school snack? Make sure to comment and share with everyone below!