Kids need to refuel after a long day at school. While stocking your freezer with prepackaged boxes of processed "food" is easy, it's not the best choice for them (or for adults!). Instead, plan ahead just a little bit so they have the makings of nutrient-dense snacks that feed their brains as much as their bellies.
We've listed a few recipes below; browse our recipe library for more!
Apple chips might just be the perfect snack.
They're sweet, crunchy and satisfying to eat while being low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients. Plus they're simple to make. A dehydrator is a great option if your child is too young to use the oven.
A garden-fresh "cake" slathered in thick Greek yogurt "frosting" is good for you at every layer, and it's as much fun to make as it is to eat.
For a different twist (or for littler hands), use the frosting as a dip with cubed watermelon and berries on a fork or skewer.
With premade naan and a jar of your favorite pesto or pasta sauce, this recipe couldn't be easier.
The only work is in the chopping, which you can help your kids with ahead of time.
Children often will try new foods if they're involved in preparation, so experiment with new-to-them toppings and encourage them to be creative!
Is there any better after-school snack than fresh-from-the-oven cookies? Make the dough ahead of time for these updated chocolate chip cookies and keep a "log" of it in the freezer for older, more independent kids to bake a few at a time.
They freeze well after baking, too, so little ones can enjoy them without using the oven.