I am sure I’m not the only one who picks up the kids from school and is greeted by “I’m hungry” or “Can I have a snack”.
Both kids are starving by the time they come home from school and instantly want a snack – if not reined in they would happily head for the crisps, biscuits or chocolate and fill up on these, but of course it’s not the best option before dinner or daily so I do try to keep the fruit bowl full and have in a stock of healthy after school snack options to help give to them while they wait for dinner time.
Recent research carried out by British Summer Fruits revealed that almost half (47 per cent) of parents find it difficult to maintain a healthy snacking routine for their children while they are at school. Not only that, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) don’t think schools do enough to encourage healthy eating and 65 per cent of children are hungry when they come home from school.
I certainly agree that my kids are hungry when they come home from school even though they do have quite good school dinner options, the portions are smaller than they have at home and they are easily distracted in the dining hall surrounded by all their friends and they are always in a rush to head outside to play so don’t necessarily always finish this meal. Our school also allow the ice-cream van onsite after school daily which in my opinion goes against their whole healthy eating campaign they insist they have.
Berries are a perfect snack for children to have at school, they are easy to eat and pop into school lunchboxes, as well as being packed with nutrients. Recent research from the University of Reading revealed that eating strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries can improve reaction times, stabilise mood and maintain focus, as well as sustaining cognitive function for hours after consumption, and make perfect healthy after school snacks
Mine love all Berries and fruit which make them a perfect snack for after school, I can easily pop some into pots and take them to school for the kids to eat on the way home and they are more than happy, plus it stops them asking for that dreaded ice-cream or sweets from the shop.
Here are a few of the kids favourite Healthy after school snacks which incorporate berries:
- Cracker bread spread with a little chocolate spread and sliced strawberries
- Cracker bread with cream cheese and sliced strawberries
- Fresh berries with yoghurt
- Fruit kebabs
- Pancakes with smiley faces made from fruit
Another way of incorporating fresh berries into the kid’s diets are smoothies, both mine adore these and will happily drink those ingredients they may not have been as keen to eat had they been given them on a plate, and of course they are quick and easy to make – pop all into a blender (or nutribullet) and turn on.
Berry Smoothie Recipes
- 6 large strawberries, halved
- 1/2 cup of your favourite yoghurt
- 1/2 cup of vanilla or strawberry ice cream
- 1/2 cup of whole milk
Blend all ingredients together
- 1 Banana, chopped
- 1 kiwi
- 2/3 cups blueberries
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 8oz yoghurt
Blend all together
Berry Burst Smoothie
- 3 cups mixed frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries & blackberries)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup yoghurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
Blend all together
You can also find our breakfast smoothie recipe here.
What are your children’s favourite after-school snacks?
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