Before you can even ask, “How was school today, my darling offspring,” they’ve barrelled into the kitchen, loudly denouncing their empty stomach. Ah, the after-school snack… Your poor child comes racing through the door, desperate for food. The assignment should be easy, right? After all, they’re staarrvviinnngg. Yet, somehow, only very specific foods will do. Children have the amazing ability to simultaneously be quite literally dying (dying, they tell you!) of hunger and also “not really in the mood” for whatever you have on hand in the fridge or pantry. That’s where the recipes below come in. Big enough to be a full meal for a light eater or a snack for a growing teen, these recipes can either be prepared ahead of time or thrown together quickly enough to stave off the starvation-induced vapors.
This make-ahead treat is a multitasking lifesaver. It can be breakfast, snack, lunch, or dinner and is deliciously sweet but super healthy as well. The prep is quick and needs at least 8 hours to set, but making it even a full 24 hours in advance is fine!
Elevate a classic by replacing the standard jarred jelly with thinly sliced fresh strawberries. Add a handful of baby carrots or sliced cucumber, and you’ve got a satisfying light meal.
Another great recipe in the make-ahead category, these nutritious bars are perfect for a late afternoon kitchen-counter snack. You likely have most of the ingredients around the house already, and the recipe is simple enough that even the littlest sous chef will enjoy providing assistance.
The mighty chia seed makes another appearance here, as well as superstar superfood, quinoa. Adjust the level of sweetness by using the toppings and mix-ins of your choice (anything goes!) and choosing between plain, honey, or vanilla yogurt.
And there’s plenty more where that came from, including additional snack ideas, breakfasts, lunches, dinners…and cocktails (the perfect after-bedtime snack for frazzled parents). Check out the Well•Pict Berries recipe page.
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