As soon as my first son was old enough to eat I began making him smoothies. The idea of home made smoothies resonated with me from the beginning mostly because it was cost effective and so easy to do… and I confess there was also the part of me that wanted to know exactly what he was eating. I also discovered that many fruit pouches and jarred baby purees are pasteurized or have additive in them, yuck! And because smoothies are so so easy to make I decided this was an easy way for me to ensure he was getting some good stuff!
And now after 2 more kids I am still making smoothies for them on the daily! It has evolved into a easy way for me to make sure they (and ME) are getting some good nutrition in. Particularity on school days, I try and make sure they have a good healthy snack as soon as they walk thru the door. This was something I learned super quick after my kids started daycare/school. My kids would come home and soon after the meltdowns and crankiness began. They would ask for treats and snack after snack and then whine and fuss at dinner time. My mother in law shared some sage advice about how she would feed her kids half their dinner when they got home and the other half at dinner time. Now this doesn’t work for us but providing a healthy and FILLING after school snack does.
So when writing this up I decided to then not only share our smoothie recipe but also some of our favorite after school snacks to help curb your kiddos meltdown… oh and by they way this works for adults to. My husband has one of these every day after work too!
For kids in after school care pack an extra snack bag for them to open at 3 pm so that they can also have a hearty and filling snack to tie them over before dinner. This smoothie also travels well and freezes well and are also great to bring when traveling. We always freeze a few small mason jars which double as ice packs when we are out and about.
After School Snack Ideas:
1. Smoothie (recipe found below)
2. Sliced tomatoes with cashew cheese and reduced balsamic
3. Monster cookies (recipe here)
4. One bowl Granola bars (recipe here)
4. Oat muffins (recipe here)
5. Easy zucchini bread by Frommybowl
6. Chia seed pudding (recipe to come, for now check this one out)
Perfect as a hearty and filling snack to help curb meltdown and temper tantrums.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on high for roughly 2 minutes or until smoothie is nice and smooth
- Fill mason jars with smoothie and serve * can be kept in the fridge for 12 hours or freezer for 3 months.