Prepare a yogurt parfait
Khomulo Anna/Shutterstock For fruit-lovers, this after-school treat will surely bring a smile. Layer vanilla yogurt with mandarin oranges, blueberries or any fruit your child prefers and top with granola, says Rene Ficek, RD, lead nutrition expert with Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. Because of the protein plus antioxidants from the berries, this snack with keep children full until dinner. “Plus, they will love putting together their own parfait and mixing it together,” Ficek says. Here are some more kid-friendly yogurt recipes.
Splurge on dark chocolate covered strawberries
Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock Not all treats have to be off-limits, especially after a long school day, “Kids love sweets, so provide them with one that is good for them, Ficek says, “The cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids act as an antioxidant, helping protect us from environmental toxins and repairing cell damage, which affects kids as much as it does adults.” Dark chocolate has several health benefits and for an added bonus prepare this snack after a test or on a Friday.