“I’m hunnngry! I want a snack!”
I think I hear these words about every 5 minutes around here, and it seems I'm not the only one. But it took me a few years of being a mom to realize that when we’re between meals, giving my kids a packaged snack from the store is not always the best idea. I mean how many bars and chips and rice cakes should they really have in a day? (I think I know the answer to this one unfortunately.) But what should we feed our kids when they’re really hungry and we’re racing from school to the next activity of the day?
Here are some snacks that are appealing to my kids, yet have enough nutritional value to sustain them for a few hours.
1. Yogurt Sundaes
I let my kids layer yogurt with a little homemade or store bought granola and fresh fruit. Call it a sundae and you won’t believe the buy-in!
2. Cheesy Popcorn
I’ve started popping plain popcorn without salt or additives, then I toss it with a little melted butter and a big heap of grated Parmesan cheese. My kids love it and it’s a great on-the-go snack that really keeps them satiated.
3. Dinner as a Snack
A few times a week I make dinner before my kids come home from school and then they eat it before they run out the door. They need the fuel for sports, and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in their moods when they eat enough before moving on to the next activity. My favorite quick dinners to serve as a snack are tacos, lasagna, wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches. Then once they’re home from sports, I just make them a sandwich or they eat leftovers, and they’re off to bed.
4. Homemade Trail Mixes
Toss together dried fruit, nuts, and bits of chocolate. Include Tamari Almonds, which are loaded with protein.
Made with frozen fruit and a little milk (I love almond milk), these are healthy, easy to whip up, and kids love them. See Recipe: Easy Smoothies.
Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, a site that provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her most recent book project is Williams-Sonoma’s Essentials of Roasting, Revised Edition.
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