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Not a day goes by that either of my girls don’t come home from school famished and looking to snack the day away. I mean after the long elementary school days that they endure, I truly cannot blame them. At almost 7 and 5 years old, the almost 6 hours or so they spend there learning and actively engaged, can definitely help to boost their after school appetite.
At one point this past year, my oldest was taking to buying cookies at lunch and sneaking leftovers home for an after school snack in her lunch bag. But I would rather not be footing the bill on her school lunch money account for after school snacks daily if I can help it and would also like to make sure she is snacking on a better alternative than cookies if possible. Therefore, I have learned over this past year alone to get better with new options for after school snacks here for my kids.
5 ways to Help with New and Better After School Snacking…
1. Plan ahead.
On the weekend, we usually do the week’s bulk grocery shopping. So, I make sure to include on my list any ingredients I need to after school snacks for the upcoming week. This truly helps me be a bit more prepared for what I will be offering for the week.
2. Give options to your kids.
My kids could eat the same the every day if I let them, but still they would get bored of this pretty quickly all the same. So, I try to have some go to ideas for snacks, but still allow for choices as to what they may be in the mood for, especially seasonally appropriate with fruits and veggies that may be more abundant during certain times of the year. Like right now being spring, the cuties (tangerines) they were feasting on last month or so are on their way out. Still yet now, melons, berries and more are on the horizon for spring time fruit options.
3. Try not to buy junk.
Sadly, I have a picky eater in my home with my younger daughter, but still I fight the good fight to try to offer her healthier food alternatives with fruits and veggies by not buying junk or having it readily available in our home, especially the over processed juice boxes that she would devour if I let her. Therefore, it is lots of water and fresh fruit smoothies whenever possible.
4. Just let them be kids.
Still though, I know they are just kids and once again the days are long for them being at school for hours on end. So, I usually try to get a snack and a bit of down time into them before we do tackle homework and more. It is just so important to remember that they are indeed just kids and this bit of unwinding is so very necessary to help relax them before having to worry about homework and what is supposed to done for the next school day.
5. Be willing to try new recipes.
This goes hand in hand with options and #2, but again I am always on the lookout for new recipes that I can modify for my girls to suit their food preferences and keep it fresh and new with after school snacking.
Since it is spring time and the weather will be getting warmer, I love adding smoothies back into our after school snack options even more so. I have tried many smoothie recipes over the years and always add a few new ones still each year, too. See we are a long time family that loves a good smoothie even as far back as before I had the girls both my husband and I would constantly try new smoothie recipes as we were gifted a smoothie maker, which actually broke pretty early on. But I ended up purchasing an Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® Blender, which you can just fill, blend & go and has stood up to the smoothie making occasion time and again in our home. Both my girls absolutely also love chocolate, JIF peanut powder flavor (what kid doesn’t), as well as Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt and they also love raspberries, too, where luckily I find both at my local Walmart. Plus, Jif Peanut Powder is great for smoothies, baking and more with 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter and the regular peanut powder has NO sugar added and is yet not a low calorie food. On top of this, Oikos Greek Yogurt is quite possibly the perfect protein snack™. But unlike some other protein snacks, it has 0 fat and 0 artificial sweetners – plus 15g of protein per 5.3oz serving size. Now, I thought I would share a newer smoothie snack recipe, I recently tried for them below that includes all of the above and more!
- 1-1/2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons JIF Peanut Powder
- ¼ cup Oikos Greek yogurt
- 6 tablespoons almond milk
- fresh raspberries to garnish, optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a couple times.
Hope you try our latest after school smoothie soon. Plus get $1.50 cash back on the combination of Jif Peanut Powder and Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Yogurt OR$1.50 back on the combination of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and Dannon Vanilla Yogurt.
Do your kids have any favorite after school snacks?