Yummy Alternatives to Junk Food for Afterschool Snacking!
When kids come home from school, they are usually starving. I know mine always ask me what there is to eat! If you feel the way I do, you would like for your kids to eat something besides junk food. With a little planning and you can have a stockpile of healthy alternatives that will have your kids begging for more.
One of my favorites for an after-school snack is fruit and yogurt parfaits. They are easy to make, versatile and inexpensive.
All you need is any combination of the following:
Yogurt - any flavor you like. We use strawberry because the taste goes well with any fruit combination.
Fruit - blueberries, grapes, apple chunks, pineapple, really the choices are endless.(Frozen is also excellent)
Granola bar - I use the super crunchy ones. I put them in a Ziploc bag and crush them into small chunks.
Nuts - Optional. If you like nuts, any chopped type will do. I prefer walnuts or pecans as they are easy to find.
Ok, Now the creative part. I use empty yogurt cups, so I have a resealable lid. You can use any container just as long as it is big enough.
First, you put in a spoon of yogurt, then add fruit, then granola. Now sprinkle the nuts on top, and you have a quick, easy snack. If you like you can just mix the fruit yogurt and nuts, saving the granola as a topping for another variation. These have no limit to the choices you can make. They are so delicious your kids will ask for them again and again.
Another excellent choice is fruit with dip. Now you are thinking caramel, how can that be healthy. Well, I have a tasty dip that is just as good and not as sticky, or as full of fat.
Fruit pieces - Apple, Pear, Pineapple. Any fruit of your choice.
1/3c. reduced fat sour cream
1/3c. powdered sugar
8oz. reduced fat cream cheese softened
Let cheese come to room temperature, blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and Ta Da!, You have a delicious fruit dip that is healthy and that your kids will eat.This drop can also be made ahead and mixed with halved grapes, raisins and nuts for a yummy change.
Healthy afterschool snacks are easy and fun to prepare. All you need is a little imagination. Ask your kids what they like, then start thinking of creative ways to serve them their favorites. They will be so thrilled with all the delicious snacks you have for them; they will never guess they are eating healthy.