School has already started. How have your kids been coping? Photos that have been circulating online show that while there are some kids who visibly enjoyed their first school day, there are also others who seemed to have greeted the experience with jitters and disorientation. Help your kids recharge and be encouraged to go to school with these six after-school snack ideas!
Fruity Ice Pops
What’s good about home-made ice pops is that you get to control exactly what goes in them. This recipe from Food Network provides added vitamin C and calcium to your child. Just blend an orange-honey mixture with yogurt, orange zest, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Pour into the pop molds, freeze for at least 4 hours, and you’re all set! You could also try mixing other fruits such pineapples, bananas, or strawberries.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are healthier than regular french fries. They are softer and yummier, too! (That is especially when dipped in ketchup). Try this baked sweet potato fries recipe from parenting.com and you’ll never again feel guilty about letting your kids munch on fries!
Carrots with Dip
Carrots are a good source of dietary fiber (great for digestive health), vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. They are ideal as after-school snacks too because they are easy to prepare. However, it can’t also be denied that most kids are not fond of vegetables. To get around with this, why don’t you try adding a little bit of spice (or in this case, a dip) to freshly cut carrots? Try this carrot dip recipe from Taste of Home and your kids might turn out to love vegetables, after all!
Egg Salad Sandwich
Yes you read that right. “Egg salad” sandwiches do exist. And it is packed with nutrition, too! All you need is bread, eggs, mayo, green onions, veggies, and mustard. You can also try adding bacon slices for the kids’ enjoyment! Use this recipe from Tastes Better from Scratch as your guide.
Juicy Jelly Cubes
Most parents are wary of those artificial and colorful “fruit” powders they add in making jellies, but you can still do something to make those jiggly treats nutritious! Just use a fruit juice with healthy ingredients and set it in a plain gelatin. These jelly cubes are not only healthier, but they are also easy to make! This recipe from Super Healthy Kids will sure be something your kids approve of!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Smoothies make good after-school snacks as they are very easy to make. Just blend your favourite fruits with milk and ice, and you’re good to go! Try this strawberry-banana smoothies recipe from Gimme Some Oven and give us your thoughts!