Summer’s over and the kids are back in school – can we get an “Amen.” But you know what happens now: The after-school kitchen raid. The minute the kids walk in the door post-schoolday, backpacks are unceremoniously dumped, and the fridge door flung open. They want food, they want it now, and they don’t care if it’s healthful.
Commercials touting over-processed snacks have taken over for sage old “Time for Timer’s” advice of little cheese sandwiches. But simple, healthful, and quick is best.
Here are a few snack ideas that will fill their bellies without spoiling their dinner. Most can be made beforehand and stored in the fridge.
No Bake Dough Bites
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup nut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix. Chill 1/2 hour. Roll into balls.
This best thing about these yummy treats is you can customize them by substituting nearly everything. One recipe said to add 1 cup of coconut, but a lot of kids don’t like the texture, so you can leave it out. Agave nectar can replace honey, dried cherries instead of chocolate chips, you get the idea. They come together quickly, the chill time makes rolling easy, and using a cookie dough scoop makes it even easier.
Crunchy Cheesy Turkey
Cucumber slices slathered with a bit of cream cheese and topped with sliced turkey. You get crunch from the cucumber, creaminess of the cheese, and protein to boot.
Meat and Cheese
Summer sausage and cheese are loaded with protein. Cutting cheddar, the sausage, and a mozzarella stick into smaller portions then stacking them makes it look fun while keeping portion sizes in check.
The Power of Popcorn
Freshly popped popcorn is a classic low calorie, high fiber, kid-approved snack. Leave the air popper on the counter with the popcorn out and let them make their own, then top with whatever seasoning powder combo they choose.
Now when they come home ravenous, they might just hanker for a hunk of cheese after all.