When my kids get home from school, after emptying their backpacks and putting stuff away, their first thought is food. Even though I send them to school with a healthy snack for the morning and a healthy lunch, they still come home ravenous. Time to refuel their growing bodies for homework time and afternoon activities.
I think of snacks as mini meals – half a sandwich, a small bowl of applesauce, or an apple with peanut butter. I start with the protein first since it helps my children stay full longer. Then, I add in a little healthy fat to help them feel full which means not asking for more food while I’m making dinner. On the side we have a glass of water to make sure the kids stay hydrated. Chances are they haven’t been drinking a lot of water in school despite my sending in 2 water bottles.
Since I don’t have time to prepare a snack when we walk in the door from school, preparation is key. I keep the fridge stocked with fruit, cheese, and peanut butter. During August, I stock the freezer with homemade snacks like black bean brownies, healthy cookies, granola bars, and zucchini mini muffins.
Snack Ideas and Tips
GAPs-friendly Snickerdoodles by Gutsy
Grain-free Pecan Sandies
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