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What are some healthy options for after-school snacks that will provide energy for my child's extracurricular activities?

Hi everyone! As a busy mom, I'm always on the lookout for quick and healthy snacks to give my children after school. With their extracurricular activities, I want to make sure they have the energy they need to perform at their best. I try to stay away from sugary or processed snacks, but I'm running out of ideas. What are some of your favorite healthy snack options that provide the energy my kids need to stay active and alert?

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vida.conn

Hey there! I completely understand the need for healthy out-of-school snacks for kids. As a mom of a 10-year-old boy who is always on the move, I have come to realize that protein-filled snacks are the best option. I have found that Greek yogurt is a great option for our evenings. There are so many flavors available which gives my son the liberty of choice. I love to add some granola to the yogurt for some crunch.

Another favorite snack of ours is air-popped popcorn. Not only is it a whole-grain carbohydrate, but it’s also a low-calorie option, which is perfect as an after-school snack for my little one. I sometimes sprinkle a little salt and nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy flavour.

Finally, I keep some boiled eggs in my fridge. They are easy to make and a great source of protein to keep the kids energized for any activities after school. I just get the egg to a boil; leave it for about 8-10 minutes, then run it through cold water and dry. And voila! a protein-packed snack!

vicky.abernathy

Hello everyone! Finding healthy after-school snacks for my kids is always a top priority. One snack my kids absolutely love is a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I swap out the bread for a whole-grain version, which adds fiber and complex carbohydrates. The peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats, while the banana adds natural sweetness and energy-boosting nutrients.

Another snack I like to give my kids is a chia seed pudding. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, and fiber, providing a satiating and energy-boosting snack. I mix it with almond milk, honey, and fresh fruit, then let it chill for a few hours in the fridge.

Lastly, I like to make homemade granola bars ahead of time to have on hand for after-school snacks. I use oats, nuts, and dried fruits, along with nut butter and honey to keep them together, and I cut them into bars or squares. It's a wholesome snack that provides a combination of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates, making it a great pick-me-up for kids in between meals.

hubert36

One of my go-to healthy snacks for my kids is apple slices with almond butter. This provides carbohydrates from the apples and protein from the almond butter, which together provide a great energy boost. I also like to keep a tray of cut veggies and hummus in the fridge for my kids to snack on. Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and bell pepper strips are some of their favorites. Another option is homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. This provides a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats for sustained energy. I find that keeping a variety of healthy snack options available and easily accessible is key to making sure my kids are fueled for their extracurricular activities.

napoleon74

Hi! I totally understand the struggle of finding healthy and energy-boosting snacks for our kids after school. My go-to after-school snack for my daughter is a smoothie. I blend together a mixture of fresh or frozen fruits, Greek yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. Not only is it delicious, but it's also a great source of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. It leaves my daughter feeling energized and satiated.

Another snack option that I like to give is a turkey or cheese wrap. I use whole-grain or spinach wrap with turkey, veggies, avocado, and cheese spread, which provides a good balance of complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats. It makes for a filling and wholesome snack that can keep her going for the rest of the day.

Lastly, I sometimes prepare a snack box beforehand with a mix of fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese. This is a great idea for busy days, as it is easy to grab and eat on the go. It provides a good mix of different nutrients and keeps my daughter full between meals.

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