I think the perfect formula for a good kid’s snack is to make sure it has a few important components: it should be healthy, simple to make, and easy for little hands to eat. Of course, it needs to be delicious and fit your kids’ particular palette, too. Here’s an family friendly list with tons of variety.
Top 5 after school snacks that please both kiddo and parent
Super Avocado Toast
Whole grain bread toasted lightly with avocado slices. Drizzle good quality olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt. Cut toast into quarters or thirds. This is a snack staple in our house! Avocado is a wonder food high in antioxidants and good fats.
Mini Banana Sandwiches
Slice banana rounds and smear one side with peanut butter. Place another round on top and make a mini sandwich. These are fun because they are not only bite sized, but pack a delicious protein and fiber punch.
Half an avocado, takeout the seed and serve with a spoon! Stuff the half with a favorite hummus, spread or dressing. We make a roasted beet hummus (it’s hot pink!) and spoon it right into the perfect little nest of an avocado half. This is delicious for parents and kids.
Popcorn Dusted with Nutritional Yeast
While the popcorn is still hot, add two tablespoons of nutritional yeast (you can find this in bulk at Whole Foods) to a bowl and toss to coat the popcorn. For more adventurous eaters you can add fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary or basil. Nutritional Yeast is a great condiment for kids. It doesn’t look like anything suspicious, and it has a really mild flavor. Nutritional Yeast is a great source of protein and super high in B vitamins.
Kale Walnut Pesto
We are a big fan of pesto and spreads in our family. They are incredibly versatile, freeze well, and easy to make in batches. Pesto is a fantastic way to get your kids eating raw veggies too! Lightly steam the chopped kale and lightly toast walnuts in olive oil in separate pan. In a food processor combine kale, walnuts, pecorino cheese and olive oil. Pulse ingredients until smooth and add a little lemon and salt at the end. The options for serving this are endless: try it with pita triangles, in an avocado, on noodles, or with rice.
Here’s to healthy snacking for the whole family! Enjoy.