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One of the first things kids want to do when they get home from school is relax.
Then, they want to eat.
Considering it may have been hours since they ate lunch, their hunger makes sense.
If you’re planning a healthy family dinner, you don’t want the after-school snack to deflate their appetite.
Making them wait for dinner, however, could lead to hanger and overeating. Snacking is okay, and healthy food helps fight obesity by keeping their hunger at bay.
There are quick, easy snack options that will help them power through homework or chores until dinnertime. These tips will help guide you in a healthy direction:
Try these recipes for after-school snacks:
Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits
Add ½ of yogurt to a small cup or bowl, layer with strawberries, remainder of yogurt, and top with blueberries and granola/cereal.
Healthy Pumpkin Bars
1. Preheat oven to 305 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl combine oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, ground flax, and pumpkin pie spice. Add honey, pumpkin puree, and egg whites. Stir until fully combined.
3. Drop large spoonful scoops of the mixture onto a cookie sheet and flatten (they won't spread while baking). Bake for about 15-20 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
4. Let cool on baking sheet before moving to an airtight storage container.
Makes 8 cookies
Slice apple into thing rings and remove core. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds and chocolate chips.
Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
1. Using a rolling pin, roll slice of bread flat.
2. Place one slice of cheese (or 23 tablespoons grated cheese). Roll up bread & cheese (secure with a toothpick if desired).
3. Brush the outside with melted vegetable oil spread and place in a pan over medium heat.
4. Turn with tongs until all sides are browned and cheese is melted.
If you’re ready to take charge of your health, Edward-Elmhurst Health is ready to help. We can help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
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