Easy After School Snacks

When children get home from school, they are often hungry and ready for a snack. If you’re already in charge of cooking supper, you don’t want the hassle of rustling up some fancy snacks. Have a read of these quick and easy ideas, all of which can be on the table (or in the snack bowl) in under five minutes.

Peas With Tomato Dressing

Most children like peas, and they are a great source of protein and vitamins. Many parents don’t want their kids eating a carb-heavy snack before dinner, so this option is lighter and healthy. To serve two children, simply boil 1 cup of frozen peas. Once they’re cooked, drain them, and then add a bit of butter and a squeeze of tomato puree to the pan, to add flavor and texture. Stir through, then serve.

Apple Slices

Even fussier children are often happy to eat apples. To serve two children, slice two apples into wedges. Spread one side of each wedge with a bit of peanut butter, and then you can also add a thin slice of cheese if you (and your kids) want it. A delicious, satisfying, protein-rich snack that requires hardly any prep time.

Oat Clusters

Take 1 cup of oats, and add to a pan in which you’ve melted 1/2 a cup of butter with 1/2 a cup of golden syrup. Stir until all of the oats are coated, and then add a handful of dried raisins (or other dried fruit), and stir again. Remove the pan from the heat, once the mix has cooled shape the oats into balls about 1 inch wide. These are ready to serve as they are, but you can also sprinkle some mixed seeds over the top for a nutritional boost.