How to Easily Prevent Meltdowns with Healthy Snacks

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Healthy Snacks during the day or after school can help prevent meltdowns before they start!

With school back in session, it's time to start packing lunches and healthy snacks for the kiddos. There's no guarantee that our kids will actually eat what we've packed...or the school lunch that is it's always a good idea to have a plan to tame the Hangry Monster with healthy snacks ASAP when their day is done. Both hunger and thirst are documented to disrupt mood; you can read about that and other mood disrupters here.

Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks to pack or to serve after school:

  1. Grapes or frozen grapes (obviously the frozen ones only work at home). 

  2. Hummus and kids' faves are carrots, snow peas, and "trees" aka broccoli or broccolini. The hummus provides both healthy carbs and protein. The veggies include needed vitamins and a surprising amount of protein as well.

  3. Veggies and their favorite dressing. This can also be a healthy snack and a great way to get veggies and fiber into their tummies. 

  4. Strawberries with yogurt dip. 

  5. PBJ with fruit. I love the Smuckers Uncrustables PBJ sandwiches. So, so easy! And you can picky them up in the frozen section of any grocery store.

  6. Peanut butter and fluff on crackers or toast. When I was a young girl, this was one of my favorites. Perhaps not quite as healthy a snack as some of the others but a good protein and carb boost to combat an after school slump. 

  7. Watermelon is a fun and tasty healthy snack that both hydrates and provides a quick energy boost. 

  8. Flavored water. If they're allowed to bring a water bottle to school, you can enhance the water with cucumbers, lemons, orange, or other flavorful fruit. They can then refill the bottle at school, and the fruit will help prevent that icky public water flavor that often occurs from a water fountain or tap faucet. 

  9. Juice boxes can also be a healthy snack when used in moderation. Although water is my preferred beverage, the sugar in a nice box can offer a quick pick-me-up when their sugar is low after a long day. 

  10. Warm apple cider with a cinnamon stick and ginger snaps. Great energy boost in the fall!

It's essential to offer healthy snacks after long school days. 

Even if you've packed or planned a healthy lunch for your kids, so many disruptions can happen during the school day or lunch hour (or those early lunch periods that start at 10:30 a.m.), most children will need an energy boost and some type of beverage. By catching the Hangry Monster before he's in full control, you can ensure a better after school experience and smoother transition into dinner and your evening routine. 

I'd love to hear your ideas for healthy snacks! Comment below and let me know your favorite choices. 

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