Midway through a school day, a snack break gives kids a chance to clear their heads and stretch their legs. Snacks can also be a good source of energy and nutrition. Make up a few batches of healthy snacks during the weekend, so kids can munch on them all week long.
Trail Mix Bites: The goodness of trail mix is served up in a form that will appeal even to nut- or raisin-shy kids. If you don’t have the listed nuts on hand, switch them out for others. For example, cashews work well in place of the almonds.
Simple Hummus: Hummus is a tasty dip for raw vegetables, pita chips or pretzels. Packed with chickpeas, this dip is also a good source of protein and fiber, and thanks to this simple recipe, it can be whipped up in a flash.
Banana Buddy Shake: This healthy twist on a milkshake is allergy-friendly. It can be made with cow’s milk or non-dairy milk, and it can also be gluten-free and peanut-free. For a make-ahead option, freeze the milk in an ice-cube tray, then put enough ingredients for one or two servings in a zip-top freezer bag. When it’s time to serve the treat, all you’ll have to do is open the bag and toss the ingredients in a blender.
Peanut Butter Oat Bars: Even if your kids don’t like oatmeal for breakfast, they’ll probably enjoy this more treat-like version. With only three ingredients, it’s a quick recipe to whip up, but you can jazz it up by adding in mini chocolate chips, raisins, milled flax seed, chia seeds or shredded coconut. Put the mixture in a baking dish and cut it into squares, as the recipe suggests, or roll it into balls for bite-sized treats.
Granola and Yogurt Bites: In this bite-sized frozen treat, mini muffin tins are filled with granola crusts and berry-flavored yogurt. A few berries on top add an extra burst of nutrition.
Healthy Fruit Dip: Greek yogurt is the main ingredient in this dip. Honey provides sweetness, and orange zest and juice give it a citrus twist. Provide berries, sliced apples and pretzels for kids to dunk in the dip.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites: If your kids love raw cookie dough, but you’d prefer they not eat uncooked eggs, try this egg-free (and much healthier) option. The sweetness comes from raisins, and peanuts and peanut butter lend plenty of protein to the recipe.
These snack recipes are quick to make and require just a few ingredients each, but sometimes you need no-prep snack ideas, as well. Keep string cheese, nuts, raisins, bananas, mandarin oranges, yogurt cups and baby carrots on hand for healthy grab-and-go snacks. Nutritious mid-day snacks are just what kids need to keep their minds focused during busy homeschool days, so keep your kitchen well-stocked with food that’s ready to go whenever a craving strikes.