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Healthy and Easy After School Snacks

After a long day at school, kids often come home hungry and need a quick, healthy snack to get their energy back. Here are some great after-school snack ideas that are tasty and easy to make:

1. Apple Sandwiches

Apple sandwiches are fun and healthy. Slice an apple into rounds, spread some almond butter or peanut butter on one slice, sprinkle with granola, and top with another apple slice. This snack is crunchy, sweet, and full of nutrients.

2. Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These no-bake bites are perfect for a quick energy boost. Mix peanut butter, oats, honey, and chocolate chips in a bowl, roll into small balls, and refrigerate. They are easy to make and can be stored for several days.

3. Veggie Sticks with Hummus

Cut up vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers, and serve them with hummus. This snack is healthy, colorful, and appealing to kids.

4. Yogurt Parfaits

Layer yogurt with granola and fresh fruits like berries or banana slices in a glass or bowl. This snack is rich in protein and vitamins, making it great for growing kids.

5. Cheese and Crackers

A classic snack that never gets old. Pair whole-grain crackers with slices of cheese for a simple yet satisfying treat. You can also add some grapes or apple slices on the side for extra flavor.

6. Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread is a comforting and nutritious snack. It’s easy to make and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Add some nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for an extra treat.

7. Smoothies

Blend milk or yogurt with fruits like strawberries, bananas, and a handful of spinach for a nutritious smoothie. It’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies without kids noticing.

8. Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn is a whole grain snack that’s low in calories and high in fiber. You can season it with a little salt, nutritional yeast, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon for a sweet twist.

9. Mini Sandwiches

Make mini sandwiches using whole-grain bread, lean meats like turkey or chicken, and some veggies. Cut them into fun shapes using cookie cutters to make them more appealing to kids.

10. Fruit Kabobs

Thread pieces of fruit like grapes, strawberries, and melon onto skewers for a fun and healthy snack. You can also add some cheese cubes or marshmallows for variety.

These snacks are not only tasty but also provide the nutrients to keep kids energized and satisfied until dinner time. Enjoy trying these ideas and see which ones your kids love the most!

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