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My children have been in school for a month, but for many families, the day after Labor Day is the first day of the new school year. It is also the first day of after-school snacks. What your children eat after school has a big impact on how well they are able to do their homework.You want to giv...

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After-School Snacks and Homework

Posted by: Angela Norton Tyler on Sep 08, 2009 in Nutrition, Homework, Health and Fitness, Back to School, Angela Norton Tyler


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My children have been in school for a month, but for many families, the day after Labor Day is the first day of the new school year. It is also the first day of after-school snacks. What your children eat after school has a big impact on how well they are able to do their homework.

You want to give it some thought before they walk in the door.

My kids are polar opposites. My daughter likes to start her homework as soon as possible; my son prefers to wait until the morning. (How do I know this? The Homework Personality Quiz!) However, they both want a snack the minute they get home from school. In fact, if they don’t have a snack immediately, they might die of starvation.

So, I let them eat something. There are, however, a few snack rules:

  1. Easy. Easy to make and easy to clean up. I have enough problems with breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is no way I want to deal with planning, cooking or cleaning up another meal. After-school snacks must be quick and simple.
  2. Healthy. Basically, this means low sugar. I am not a health food fanatic; I just don’t want to give my children anything that will make them wild, fidgety and unable to concentrate all afternoon.
  3. Dinner-Friendly. Most of us don’t overeat fiber and protein- it’s the refined sugar and processed carbohydrates that cause the problems. Don’t make your children's after-school snack too much like dessert. It should tide them over until dinner, not spoil it.

My Favorite After-School Snacks:

  • apple or celery with low-sugar peanut butter
  • string cheese and a piece of fruit (grapes)
  • sliced vegetables (peppers, carrots) with dip (hummus, ranch dressing)
  • strawberries dipped in dark chocolate (believe it or not, this is healthy, and most kids love it)
  • cheese and crackers

I save these snacks for after school- rarely in lunches- so my kids don’t get sick and tired of them. Of course, there are many, many more healthy, easy, dinner-friendly snack ideas. Please, share some of yours!

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  1. Posted by - Garden Design Ideas on Jun. 12, 2010

    It’s always nice to see your post with lots of good stuff and nice ideas to enjoy. Thanks for sharing valuable post like this. Cheers! :D
  2. Posted by - Race car Driving Schools on Feb. 16, 2010

    Yes! Absolutely there should be a prepared snack when our kids got home after school. I do understand the starvation they feel because it is also what I feel way back when I'm still a student.
  3. Posted by - Medimanage on Jan. 06, 2010

    Hello,
    It is really nice to read this article. Thanks for simple way of writing and giving all the detail which need. Once again thanks.
    The right time for healthy snacks is often the time after school, in the evenings, when kids are hungry and the body demands energy and nutrition. But if you indulge in preparing exhaustive and tedious varieties, that consume time to prepare, your kid will look for other simpler options like biscuits and wafers. Hence, just like it is important to prepare nutritious snacks, it is also important to do it quickly.
    http://www.medimanage.com/my-kids-health/articles/healthy-and-quick-snacks-for-kids-after-school.aspx

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