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Almost all children come home from school downright ravenous. “Can I have a snack?” is something every parent will hear at least 15 times between 5-6:30pm. The problem is, what can you give them to hold them over until dinner that won’t spoil their appetites? Try serving one of these snacks after school!

Apples and Peanut Butter

Thin slices of apple with a little peanut butter will provide just enough natural sugars and protein for kids who constantly feel a rumble in their tummies.

Yogurt Parfait

A small parfait made up of ½ cup of yogurt topped with two tablespoons of granola served right when children come home from school will tide them over until dinner hits the table.

Cheese

Cheese! Keep your fridge stocked with cheese sticks and offer one to your hungry little snacker.

Banana Raisin Boats

Slice a banana lengthwise down the middle. Dot it with raisins and serve it up as a healthy and fun after-school snack.

Veggie Tray

Chop up celery and carrots into strips. Serve on a platter with ranch dressing to a crowd of hungry kids. The bonus with this snack is that, come dinner time, they’ve already eaten their vegetables!

A few more tips:

  • Opt for snacks with whole grains to avoid the sugar crashes that may make mealtime more difficult than it needs to be.
  • Make it clear that after school snacks need to be wholesome. Steer your children away from chips and cookies and toward fruits and granola bars.
  • Offer your child a snack as soon as you can to space the mini-meal as far as possible from dinner.

Along with the snack, make sure your child drinks water when they come home from school. Oftentimes, thirst is mistaken for hunger.

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