If your kids haven’t gone back to school yet, they will be in the next week or two. I find that if I have some healthy snacks on the table waiting for my boys when they get home from school, they are more than happy to dig in and fill up. If I don’t have them out, and they start looking for their own snacks, they are much less likely to reach for healthy foods.
The trick is having the snacks completely ready for them to dive into. Fruit and veggies should be cut, chopped, de-seeded (if necessary), and pulled from stems. Dips should be in bowls ready to be dipped into. If you have older kids who will be coming home when you aren’t there, do your best to have everything chopped and ready, front and center in the refrigerator to make the healthy foods the easiest option for them to grab.
- Air-popped or oil-popped popcorn.
- Apple slices and low-fat cheddar cheese
- Really cold grapes already pulled off the stems so they can be quickly popped in the mouth
- Baked tortilla chips and salsa (check out this delicious, fresh salsa recipe)
- Hummus with low-fat pita chips and cut up vegetables
- Unsalted nuts
- Peanut butter and low-sugar jelly on whole grain tortillas — rolled up and sliced into bite-sized pieces
- Pumpkin spice cookies
- Homemade granola bars
- White whole wheat flour chocolate chip muffins for a sweet treat