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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