10 Quick & Easy After School Snacks
6. Bowl of cereal
It doesn’t get easier than this! We always have several varieties of healthy cereal options on hand to beat boredom.
7. Homemade trail mix
My daughter’s favorite combination consists of dry cheerios, mini pretzels, almonds and raisins. I make a big batch of it and store it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for weeks.
I throw everything in the blender in advance and then my daughter can give it a whirl herself when she gets home. There are hundreds of possible smoothie combinations. Simply throw in your child’s favorite fruit, ice and either milk or juice. Yogurt or protein powder make it more filling.
9. Yogurt and graham crackers
My daughter likes to dip her graham crackers in the yogurt. Slice fruit, such as apples or pairs, also make great dippers.
10. Milk and cookies
Once in a while your child deserves a special snack! There aren’t many pleasures as simple as milk and cookies waiting for you after school. Bonus points if they are freshly baked! This is a first day of school tradition in our house.
I have my daughter’s snack waiting on the kitchen counter when she walks in the door. I serve it with a big glass of water, as she’s usually thirsty from recess at the end of the day. Once she eats, she is able to tell me about her day, tackle her homework and have the patience to wait for family dinnertime.
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Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter, plus four cats, one dog and a mannequin named Vivian. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com.