Prepare a yogurt parfait
For fruit-lovers, this after-school treat will surely bring a smile. Layer vanilla yogurt with mandarin oranges, blueberries or any fruit your child prefers and top with granola, says Rene Ficek, RD, lead nutrition expert with Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Because of the protein plus antioxidants from the berries, this snack with keep children full until dinner. “Plus, they will love putting together their own parfait and mixing it together,” Ficek says. Here are some more kid-friendly yogurt recipes.
Splurge on dark chocolate covered strawberries
Not all treats have to be off-limits, especially after a long school day, “Kids love sweets, so provide them with one that is good for them, Ficek says, “The cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids act as an antioxidant, helping protect us from environmental toxins and repairing cell damage, which affects kids as much as it does adults.” Dark chocolate has several health benefits and for an added bonus prepare this snack after a test or on a Friday.
Assemble fruit kabobs
Let your children thread pieces of pineapple, mango and papaya on a skewer for a refreshing snack. (Here are some cool tricks for cutting up mangoes and other produce.) “Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, and bromelain (an enzyme) mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds, and papayas are extremely high in Vitamin C, a top antioxidant that is good for the health of one’s eyes,” Ficek continues. “All these vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals help kids growing bodies become strong and healthy. Plus it can be a fun activity to have them make their own.”