Children are ravenous after a full day at school and often complain that there is ‘nothing to eat’ while swinging on the pantry or fridge door. Making the healthy option the easy option just takes a little forward planning and preparation. For a list of quick and easy recipes click here.
- Resist the temptation to hand out small portions of highly processed foods that will only keep children satisfied for a limited time. Replace the sweet biscuits and crisps with an apple jaffle
- Reach for breads and cereals that will keep them fuller for longer and importantly keep them out of the kitchen while you get on with other tasks. Keep it simple with toasted sandwiches or a piece of toast with their favourite spread
- There is nothing wrong with breakfast cereal for an after school snack, go for a bowl of porridge, or wholegrain cereal. Weet-Bix topped with sliced banana or spread with polyunsaturated margarine and Vegemite is also an after school favourite
- Encourage children to sit and talk to you while they have their afternoon tea, this is a great way for you to find out how their day was
- Teaming their healthy food with a glass of plain reduced fat milk or a hot or cold chocolate milk will fill them up and provide them with added calcium
- Try a quick afternoon snack sized pizza, either using an English muffin as the base or a small pita bread
- Pre chop items such as vegetable sticks and fruit, store in clear easy to see and reach containers in the fridge
- Freeze small tubs of yoghurt for a creamy cool treat
- Freeze fruits such as grapes and orange wedges for summer snacks.
It’s important to have fresh or frozen snacks like these on hand to make it easy for children to choose the healthiest option and limit highly processed foods. For more snack ideas see our top ten list here; cut the list out and place it on the fridge as a daily reminder.