When your kids get home from school they usually need a snack. If you’re like many parents, you’re probably either on your way to an after-school activity or a playdate and you don’t have a lot of time to make a nutritious snack for them; it’s so easy to just grab chips and cookies. Here are some snacks that are not only quick to prepare; they’re so easy, even your kids will be able to make them. There’s no reason why you also should not enjoy their healthy snacks, so I’ve included some slimming versions as well.
Mini Fruit Skewers
Blueberries are some of the highest-ranking fruit when it comes to antioxidants and are considered one of the healthiest fruits. These skewers are not only chock-full of nutrients; they’re also easy to make and fun to eat.
One banana, sliced into 12 slices
Cut apple into 12 small cubes. Skewer each toothpick a piece of apple, a berry and a slice of banana. Using scissors cut off the ends of the toothpicks. Makes two servings.
Slimming Version: Omit banana and replace with ¼ strawberry.
Avocado & Egg Spread
This spread takes minutes to make and can be eaten in a pita bread on the way to ballet class. Avocado & egg is a great combination of both protein and healthy fats. Avocados are very filling and have a slow release of energy because of their monounsaturated fats. Eggs include all of the essential amino acids and contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
One avocado, mashed
Two hard-boiled eggs
Salt to taste
Mash the avocado and eggs with a fork and mix. Add salt to taste if needed. Spread on whole grain crackers, whole wheat pita halves or toasted English muffins. For a slimming version, use rice cakes.
Three Easy Dips
Yogurt, hummus and tahini are good sources of protein and calcium. They make great dips, sandwich spreads and salad dressings.
Whole Wheat pretzels dipped in Greek yogurt:
If possible, get no-salt pretzels.
For a slimming version dip veggies instead of pretzels and use fat-free yogurt
Cucumbers dipped in hummus:
Cut cucumbers into round slices.
Baby carrots dipped in tahini:
Mix ½ cup raw tahini with ½ cup water, juice from half a lemon and salt to taste. I usually add one chopped raw garlic clove but my kids won’t eat it this way.