By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA
Afterschool snacks are just as important as the activities that follow them. Make sure your child has a nourishing snack to support physical activity and growth and development.
- Keep snacks simple with bananas, Oikos Greek yogurt, string cheese, raisins, Dole Fruit bowls, hummus and whole grain crackers just to name a few.
- Protein rich snacks like Greek yogurt will support their growing bodies, while quick carbs like dried fruit and fruit bowls will give them a boost of energy.
Here are some quick tips:
- Balance snacks with two food groups like bagel & nut butter or fruit & cheese!
- Get your kids involved in planning; kids are more likely to eat foods they were involved in choosing.
- Don’t forget about food safety. Include an icepack for items that are meant to stay cold like yogurt, pudding or hummus.
- If your child comes home before activities, keep washed fruit on the counter ready to eat.
- Try to model nutritious and healthy habits for your child as they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps!
Frozen yogurt fruit bark is an easy snack that you and your child can prepare together! The sweetness from fresh berries combined with the richness of Greek yogurt will keep their energy up and their minds sharp!
Frozen Yogurt Berry Bark
Prep: 5 minutes
Freeze: 4 hours or overnight
Makes: 4 servings
- 3 containers Oikos Greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh strawberries cut into quarters
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- Line a small baking dish with parchment paper.
- Spread Greek yogurt over dish using a spatula. Sprinkle berries evening on top.
- Freeze for approximately 4 hours or overnight.
- Cut “bark” into large pieces and enjoy cold.
Recipe: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN