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Nutrition

8 After-School Snack Ideas from Sprout Right

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This post originally appeared on Lianne Phillipson-Webb's blog on SproutRight.com. Here she shares 8 snack ideas for after-school, or perfectly pack-able in a lunch box. These are great ideas! Cause we know we're always stumped about what to feed those hungry little ones.

With the start of a brand new school year just around the corner, many parents are looking for meal and snack ideas to keep their hungry Einstein’s well nourished. We are on a mission to give you healthy choices to fill their bellies with really yummy, whole food.

The after school snack is key. Many children come home from school, or head to an activity, absolutely ravenous! Use this as an opportunity to fill them up with wholesome foods they are less likely to turn down (because they are so hungry!) You want to reach for snacks that are low in sugar, and rich in protein (which will stabilize blood sugars and fill the belly enough until dinner time).

Here are a few suggestions,

1 Fruit, pair with a dip made of protein-rich greek yogurt and honey;

2 Vegetable sticks or crackers with guacamole, or fibre-rich hummus;

3 Crackers and cheese, either slices of cheese or a dip made of cream cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup! Reach for whole-grain crackers like Mary’s brand crackers, which are made from wholesome seeds and are gluten-free;

4 Homemade muffins or squares;

5 Sprout Right’s Go Faster Granola bars (so much better than the sugar-filled store-bought variety);

6 Nuts and seeds mixed with dried fruit (if nuts are allowed at after-school programs, or if your child is home with you);

7 Hardboiled eggs (perfectly pack-able!);

8 A fruit smoothie made with greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, hemp protein, your child’s favourite frozen fruit and a banana (sneak in some greens for a nutritional kick!)

And if you have memories of milk and cookies after school, and want to pass that along to your children, try a healthy low-sugar cookie recipe paired with some fresh almond milk.

Which of these snack ideas will you be trying this school year? Share here or on our Facebook page!

For more snack ideas, and meal ideas for back-to-school, take a look at Sprout Right's Smart Kids Meal Plan - use promo code smartkids to receive $7 off now until September 15, 2014.

Lianne Phillipson-Webb is the founder of Sprout Right, a company that specializes in pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal nutrition for women, as well as good food and health for the whole family. With over ten years of experience, Lianne is a registered nutritionist, author, member of the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants, and mother of two.

 

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