Every day after school, my preschool son comes home and asks for a snack. He ate lunch before noon and had a small snack at 3 p.m., so it’s no wonder he is hungry by 6. Unfortunately, with me just walking in and setting down my laptop bag, I’m in no shape to put a full meal on the table in a matter of moments. In the summer, we usually head straight to the pool anyway, so a snack is a must for swimming.
I don’t want to load him up with sugar and calories, and I like to view snacks as a way to get the good stuff — fruits, veggies, and dairy — on his plate. And while I’m not watching his weight, I do want to be sure I don’t fill him up before dinner or hand him any unnecessary calories.
Here are our favorite after-preschool snacks for toddlers:
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