simplesnacks.pngAfter a long day at school most kids come home hungry and ready for a hearty snack to tide them over until dinnertime. Years of experience shows that convenience is a key factor when kids choose that initial after-school snack. If it’s easy to grab and eat then they’ll pick that snack over something that takes time to prepare. Unfortunately this can lead to unhealthy snack choices when there’s nothing healthy available.

Here are a few simple ideas for after-school snacks to inspire your family to make healthy choices.

Graham Cracker and Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

By Thirty Something Mother Runner

Jessica discovered these tasty little treats at her cooperative preschool, and claims they are literally the easiest dessert you can make. All you need are graham crackers and your favorite flavor of yogurt (she’s partial to Stonyfield ).

Super Healthy Omega Oatmeal with Fruit & Yogurt

By We Make 7

Bonnie shares a great way to spruce up a bowl of oatmeal! Oatmeal as an after-school snack is a great choice. It’s filling and there are endless ways to make it more interesting. Adding any type of fruit is a simple way to make a healthy after-school treat.

Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola Bars

By Half Baked Harvest

These delicious bars contain oats, nuts (if you want), Chia seeds, blueberries and more. I’m looking forward to giving them a try.

Frozen PB & J Yogurt Banana Snacks

By Linkouture

There are so many things to love about Bev’s simple recipe for Frozen PB & J Yogurt Banana Snacks. My favorite is that it requires zero cooking skills. She promises that kids and adults alike will love this tasty treat.  There are only three ingredients so it’s easy to ask your kids to help create this one!

Having a few healthy snacks available after-school is a fantastic way to help your children make healthy choices. Finding a way to allow your kids to be active participants in the cooking process will also encourage them to eat what they create

Lori Popkewitz Alper is a recovering attorney and the founder and editor-in-chief of Groovy Green Livin, a site dedicated to sharing simple green living tips and trends.  Lori lives in the Greater Boston area with her three sons and her groovy husband. In her free time she can be found practicing yoga, pitching a baseball, running, cycling, skiing, reading, cooking, or trying out a new eco- friendly product.

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Photo by Jessica at Thirty Something Mother Runner.