This is such an easy recipe to make for the kids when after school hangries take over. You’ll only need three ingredients and a blender. Guaranteed not to spoil your child’s appetite for dinner but it will boost their immune system.
Snack or not to snack. That’s the number one question parents are asking this week. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the kids are home from school by 4:15 p.m. They are starving and grumpy (hangry). Do I let them snack?
Yes! Please, let your kids have a snack. Forget the myth about it spoiling their appetite for dinner. It will not. As long as you aren’t letting them fill up on sugar (ex: cookies, granola bars and so-called healthy protein bars) they will eat dinner. You kids are grumpy because they are hungry (blood sugar is low). So, feed them.
The benefits of plant-based healthy snacking:
♥ kids eat less processed food
♥ kids tend to be at a healthy weight
♥ provides them with energy
♥ supplies their bodies with nutrients
♥ keeps them from overeating
The trick here is to have healthy after school snacks such as vegetables and dip, sliced fruit and nut butter or this immune boosting Pineapple Mango Smoothie. I promise, they will still eat their dinner. There’s just enough calories in this smoothie to curb their hunger and because of the high water content, it hydrates them as well. They will feel great and be ready to tackle their evening.
The reason I recommend the Pineapple Mango Smoothies are because the pineapple is a good source of vitamin C which helps boost your little one’s immune system. Perfect timing! When the kids are back to school they are exposed to all kinds of bugs and keeping their immune system strong is important. Mangos are one of the world’s best superfoods, with vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate and B6.
Plus, the smoothie is naturally sweet so the kids are getting their sugar fix with a whole lot of goodness.
Always think about how the food feeds your child. You want to provide snacks that actually benefit them and not just fill their tummy. Snacks should be considered mini meal times and not treat times. There’s a big difference but the good thing is a smoothie tastes like a treat. Just keep it simple and plant-based so it’s not a lot of calories right before dinner time.
You can blend these smoothies up using frozen fruit chunks and use less almond milk to make a frozen fruit-cream snack or use a little extra milk for a milk shake consistency.
Do you have any after school snack ideas that are healthy and delicious? Leave your comments below!
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More healthy snacking resources:
Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites – super easy no bake recipe
Healthy Frozen Watermelon Popsicles – so easy and fun to eat
Healthy Pineapple Mango Smoothie (after school snacks)
An easy, nutritious Pineapple Mango Smoothie that will beat the hangries but won’t spoil the kid’s appetite for dinner.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 1 minute
- Yield: 2 large smoothies
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Blender
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Place all the ingredients into a blender
- Blend on high speed for one minute
- Divide the smoothie into 2 large or 4 small glasses.
Using less almond milk will make a more ice cream consistency, while using more will result in a milk shake. Whatever your kids like best will do!