Healthy After School Snacks: The Danger Zone

Snacks After School That Are Healthy

My nutritionist was very clear about after school snacks when I met with her with my oldest child because her BMI shot up over the course of one year a few years back.

“Mini-meals,” she insisted. “Carbs paired with protein.”

The idea of a mini-meal after school seemed daunting to me. It’s not like I’m not already cooking up two meals a day, or sometimes more,  and feeling resentful as I don’t like being a short-order chef.

Then my nutritionist gave some examples, and it felt do-able:

— Soup, both healthy and satiating (very important for kids not to ever feel hungry)

— Chicken nuggets (frozen and reheated are a lifesaver and I like Tyson Nuggets)

— Half a grilled cheese sandwich (whole grain bread is better but not a deal breaker)

— Pizza (has both protein and carbs)

— Oatmeal (she makes the old-fashioned kind and keeps it in the fridge to reheat as a quick snack)

–Quesadilla (a South of the Border take on the grilled cheese)

I think the trick is to have a plan for snack time so that it’s under your control and your child rifling through the cupboards (which usually means carbs) or the fridge/freezer (which tends to be a food fest).

What do you do for healthy after school snacks? Please share!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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