A quickly administered after-school snack is crucial to the happiness of our home. But frequently, we stay too long at the playground, and as soon as we get home the baby needs to nurse, dishes need to be done, and dinner really should have been started an hour ago. At times like this, it’s great to have a few snacks options that our kid can make all by herself. The kitchen gets a bit messier than we’d like, but she loves the feeling of independence and we love being able to get things done while she’s busy making and eating the snack, and avoiding the meltdown that would have come if we’d had to wait. Win-win.
Here are five snacks that even your preschooler can make on his or her own.
Single-serving yogurt cups can be a quick, wholesome, and satisfying snack. My daughter loves yogurt, and with grab-and-go simplicity, it’s the perfect nutritious after school snack for busy afternoons. Just make sure you have some spoons stored in a place where your kid can get them without help.
Whole Grain Crackers and Cheese
For grown-ups, crackers are generally a conveyance for a snack you actually want to eat — cheese or a spread or something. But for kids, crackers can be the main event. Instead of making fun of your kid’s unsophisticated palate in your stand-up routine (nobody’s going to think that’s funny), use your kid’s love of crackers to your advantage. True, it’s not the healthiest snack, so adding some sliced cheese and veggies into the mix can up the nutrition quotient considerably. Try keeping a soft, mild cheese on hand. This is probably better left to slightly older kids.
Bananas are super satisfying and packed with nutrients like potassium, folate, and vitamin C. Best of all, kids can take the initiative and easily serve themselves this healthy snack. Second best of all, they can pretend they are monkeys.
Carrot Sticks and Hummus
Having a container of pre-cut carrot sticks ready in the fridge can save you a lot of time when tempers are running high and blood sugar is running low. Kids can grab a handful of carrots, and spoon some prepared hummus into a dish.
Nut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Left to their own devices, there’s a good chance that kid-made nut butter sandwiches will be pretty heavy on the jelly. But you know what? They’ll get a lot of satisfaction out of making the sandwich themselves. If your kids tend to go overboard in the jelly department, you can place a couple spoonfuls into a small dish and have them use that to make their sandwich.
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