The kids have been back at school for less than a week and one of the most used phrases I’ve heard has been ‘Mum I’m hungry’. Now I know they are getting fed at school (its often still around their mouth) but for one reason or another as soon as we walk through the door they head straight to the kitchen looking to see what’s available for their after school snacks.
I’m sure it’s not just my children who come home from school absolutely starving so I have compiled this list of healthy after school snacks to keep them going until dinnertime. Some of the ideas are mine and some are from other bloggers.
Nutty for Nuts, Oats and Seeds
Personally my children don’t eat much in the way of nuts but some of these ideas sound fab so I will definitely be trying some with my picky eaters.
Elizabeth from The Homemakers Journal say her kids love chewy oat squares, nutty cereal cookies and frozen vanilla custard, avocado smoothies and mango-strawberry smoothies
Kirsty at Kirsty Dee says that rice cakes with nut butter are a winner with her kids.
Victoria at Lylia Rose has a fantastic recipe for White Mulberry, Cocoa and Chia Balls. These look fantastic. Just the right mix of crunchiness and chewiness. I’m pretty sure the kids will love the chocolate too.
In our house the kids I’m lucky that my kids will more often than not head straight for the fruit bowl. Bananas and apples are a definite favourite, as are grapes. Sometimes, if we have the time we will make fruit kebabs.
Jo from Cup of Toast suggests cheese and pineapple chunks to keep the hunger at bay.
Anna at Squats Sass and Saggy Skin says apple slices with peanut/almond butter are a favourite in her house.
Another hit in our house are vegetable crudites such as peppers, carrots and cucumber.
Nadine at Then I Became Mum has a fabulous recipe for Pizza Muffins. These look super easy to make and I’m sure the kids would love to get involved too. Plus they are perfect for baby led weaning too in case younger siblings want in on the food.
I hope these ideas will keep you going but don’t forget to keep an eye on portion sizes. You don’t want to ruin dinner. Also, make sure you offer a drink too as it’s easy to confuse hunger for thirst.
What are the favourite after school snacks in your house?
Drop me a comment, I’d love to add some new snacks to my list.