If there is one thing moms everywhere know, it is that their children always seem to be hungry. There are moms all over the US, and likely the world, who complain about how often their children ask for snacks. The only break they seem to get is when their children are at school, and surprisingly seem to survive off limited food throughout the day.
However, that magic moment is quickly gone when her children come home, and it is not long until mom hears “I’m hungry” coming from their mouths. While mom doesn’t mind them having a snack before dinner, she definitely wants it to be a healthier snack.
She doesn’t want them to spoil their appetite for dinner, so she wants to make sure that she has a sweet treat that her sugar-loving children will eat, but that is a bit more on the healthy size. We have found 10 sweet snacks that moms can have ready for their children, and they are sure to enjoy them.
Smoothies are great and refreshing, and they are perfect for an after-school snack. According to The Pioneer Woman, the best part about smoothies is that mom can make them however she sees fit, and throw in a bunch of good stuff. As long as mom adds some fruit, it is going to taste sweet.
The most basic sweet after-school snack is going to be some fresh fruit. Mom can either offer her child their favorite, or she can make a nice fruit salad. Make a big batch at the beginning of the week, and divide it up into individual containers, so they are easy to grab out of the fridge after school.
8 Homemade Fruit Snacks
Children love fruit snacks, but they can be full of processed sugars and artificial colors. They may be a convenient choice, but they are not always the healthiest option. According to Scrambled Chefs, mom can make her own fruit snacks, and she can even add some vegetables in them as well. You can view the recipe here.
7 Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt is a great way to get some calcium and protein into your child, and they can easily be made sweet. Mom can add some granola, fruit, and even honey or maple syrup to make it a bit sweeter. If mom wants to let her child have a bit of sugar, add a few sprinkles.
6 Zucchini Bread
Zucchini bread is a great snack, and since the basic ingredient is a vegetable, it is going to be a healthier option than a chocolate bar. Mom can add some nuts or raisins to make it even better, and this freezes well.
5 Honey Fruit Dip
According to Taste of Home, this is a great dip, and it can go with anything, and it is super sweet. It is made with honey, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mom can use anything for dipping. Mom can serve apples, bananas, strawberries, or even some unsalted pretzels for dipping, and it is a super sweet treat that kids will devour.
4 Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Oatmeal and peanut butter are great snacks for your child, but if you put them together, you can have a great cookie, or bar, for your child to snack again. This is another option that freezes well, so mom can make a whole batch that will last a while. This way mom can set aside one day for baking all the after-school snacks, and then throw them in the freezer, saving her time as the week goes on.
3 Homemade Granola Bars
The key here is to make sure it is something that you can make because then you can customize it however you wish. Granola bars are a great option, and they can be made as sweet as you want with dried fruits and honey. The perfect snack to keep them going until dinner is ready.
2 Yogurt Bites
We are sure you have seen these little treats in the baby aisle, but they are also great for older kids. All mom has to do is take any kind of yogurt, put them as drops on a baking sheet and then freeze them. If mom wants to use plain yogurt, she can just mix in some fruit puree. They are a great, refreshing snack.
1 Apple Nachos
For the child who loves nachos and fruit, mom can make some nachos out of apples. All mom has to do is slice the apple into thin slices, arrange them on the plate and have fun adding any toppings you want. You can drizzle honey on them, peanut butter, or even a few chocolate chips if you want to give them a bit of a treat.