After school is a really important time for a nutritious snack for many reasons. Many kids have not had anything to eat for 3-4 hours and need to refuel; many kids participate in sports after school and this snack helps many kids control their level of hunger at dinner time.
Giving kids a little more control often helps them make better choices. Remember you still choose what to buy!
For young children, offer them a choice of 2 things to help keep choices healthful (for example: do you want crackers and string cheese or yogurt and fruit?)
For older children and teens, make a list of possible snacks and post. When it is snack time, choose one together.
Try pizza! English muffin or mini-bagel pizzas, that is!
Use half of a whole grain English muffin (or one mini whole grain bagel), top with marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and veggies. Place in and oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly!
This snack is well balanced, contains protein and has 3 food groups- whole grains, dairy, veggies.