Is your child ravenous after school? Are you greeted with ‘I’m hungry’ rather then ‘hello’?! Here Maria from Foody Thoughts to share her favourite after school snack ideas.
It’s not surprising children feel a little peckish after school. Lunch time is set usually between 11.30-12.30 depending on the child’s age, and with all the running around at play time and P.E lessons, they’re bound to have worked up an appetite!
According to the Insider the average time us UK folk sit down for dinner is between 6:30pm – 8:00pm. So it’s important that children have a little snack to keep them going!
After School Snacks
Here are 3 easy make ahead snacks you can prepare at the beginning of the week.
Fruit Kebabs – these are a fun and healthy snack which my children absolutely love! They’re also a great after school activity, whereby children can construct their own kebabs.
Fruit that works well for these are:
- Berries of all kinds
- Grapes (halved)
You’ll need a pack of bamboo skewers to thread the fruit onto. These fruit kebabs provide a range of vitamins and nutrients, so you wont mind them going back for seconds, or thirds!
Egg muffins – these delicious little egg muffins are scrumptious and filing. They are simple to prepare and can be made ahead and refrigerated for a quick snack.
You can use any sort of filling you fancy:
All you need to do to prepare them is, beat together your eggs, add some salt and pepper. Spray a little fry light, into the bottom of a muffin tray. Pour in your beaten eggs and top with whatever filling you desire! Cook for around 18-20 minutes at 180c.
Sausage Rolls – this snack I give less frequently as it is a little naughty, but still much better then shop bought sausage rolls!
What you’ll need is:
- Good quality sausage meat (removed from the skin)
- A pack of ready rolled puff pastry
- An egg to glaze
All you need to do, is unroll the pastry so it is flat and cut in half lengthways. Season your sausage meat mixture and add in any additional herbs or spices. Divide the mixture in half and spread along each pastry strip in a cylinder strip, leaving a 1cm border. Fold over the pastry so it covers the sausage meat and seals at the edges. Press down with the end of a fork to secure. Brush beaten egg all over the pastry and cook for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Here are a few more ideas for healthy after school snacks.
- Cheese, crackers and grapes
- Veggie sticks and hummus
- Yogurt and fruit
- Toast with topping of choice
- Some crazy sandwiches