Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

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A national survey of parents recently commissioned by Farm Rich looked at the importance of after-school snacks and what kids are eating in the afternoon. 95% of parents agreed that after-school snacks provide their kids with a needed boost of energy for afternoon activities, but nearly half of kids aren'??t under adult supervision between school and dinner, leaving them to opt for less-than ideal snacks.

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Here are some of the findings:

'?¢75% of parents say satisfying hunger is the most important quality when it comes to their child'??s after-school snack, while only 36% ranked being low in fat and calories at the top of their list.

'?¢More than a third of parents admit their kids are in charge of choosing and preparing their own snacks when they get home from school.

'?¢Almost nine in ten American parents say the first thing their kids do when coming home from school is eat, ranking higher than watching TV or playing video games.

Planning a weeklong menu needs to go beyond dinner meals. Smart moms are also packing the pantry and refrigerator with healthy, nutritious snacks. Check out this list of 25 after-school snack ideas from ilunchbox.com. Here are the top ten:

  1. Sliced Apple and Dip (peanut butter, yogurt or both: mix equal parts peanut butter and vanilla yogurt together until smooth)
  2. Whole Grain Bread with Hummus (white bean or chick pea)
  3. Mini Black Bean and Cheese Roll ups served with salsa
  4. Peanut Butter and banana sandwiches with honey
  5. Yogurt, Fruit and Granola or Grape Nuts
  6. Fruit and Cereal Bars
  7. Cranberry Oat Bars
  8. Oat and Apricot Clusters
  9. Fruit and Muesli Slices
  10. Hawaiian Toasties on Whole Wheat Bread: whole wheat bread, one slice each of ham, pineapple and cheddar cheese. Put under broiler in toaster oven until melted.

If you make it easy to snack healthily, you are well on your way towards beating the odds.

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