Since I have been posted my monthly lunch box ideas, I have received many questions about what do I then feed the kids after school.
We still eat pretty early on most nights (Wednesdays not as we have so much running around!) so I try to serve them up enough food to stop them from complaining about being hungry, but making sure they will eat their dinner.
Each week at the market there are the essential extra items that need to be added to our fruit and veg list. They vary slightly through out the seasons but providing they are not ridiculously expensive we buy additional cucumber, red capsicum, carrot and celery on top of in season fruit.
NB: As I have noted before, I am not a nutritionist and these ideas are simply shared to provide inspiration. You will need to make your own judgement on whether they are right to serve up to your kids.
After School Snacks For Kids
I almost need to put frozen raspberries under lock and key at our house. All of the kids adore them.
Air popped pop corn is always popular and so quick and easy to make with our popcorn maker.
It is actually a pretty rare occurrence for the kids to have a home baked treat after school – I can barely keep up with the lunch boxes let alone after school snacks! If on Friday there is some left I might add a small piece to their plate.
My kids think grissini are fabulous. They don’t tend to pack to well in lunch boxes so we have them occasionally after school.
Sometimes if we need to errands straight after school, I will pack up some snack boxes and bring them with me in the car. I find the behaviour of the kids out and about is so much better if they are not hungry.
And then on those odd days where we may have been soaked on the way home from school or something similar it might be toast and hot chocolate.
Our Family Menu Plan For This Week.
Morning Cook (for us double batch)
Meat and Veg
|Marinated Chicken Sticks and Salad|
Baking: Testing New Recipe
|Slow Cooker Roast Beef||Baked penne with bacon||Left |
|Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup||Marinated Steak and Garlic Mash||Nachos|
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Do you feed your kids after school snacks and if so what?