When my kids get home from school in the afternoons, they’re exhilarated, exhausted, and full of ideas and stories about the day. But more than anything, they’re hungry. I know they eat breakfast before school because I make it and watch them eat it. I know they eat lunch at school because their lunch boxes come home with scraps, and I pay their lunch cards.
Yet they come home from school hungry.
It appears they’ve both developed hollow legs, and they require lots of nutrition to fill their hollow legs and fuel their brains — as much as quick food is easy, it’s foods that fuel their brains they need most while doing their homework, and that feeds their bodies while they play afterward.
They need things that fill them up and satisfy their tastebuds till supper. They also need foods they can easily eat while practicing reading, writing and math, and playing outside.
Two after-school snacks that work well in our house, and have become neighborhood favorites as well, are Nutella fruit pizzas and triple berry smoothies. Fresh fruits, frozen fruits, whole grains, greek yogurt, and more … these snacks are picky-kid approved and meet my desire for healthier brain food, too. The triple berry smoothie is my 9-year-old daughter’s absolute favorite. She will gladly sip on one of these while practicing division and fractions and whatever other new things 4th grade holds in store.