Back-To-Homeschool – How to Plan Healthy After-School Snacks

You have your curriculum chosen and prepared, you have gathered together all the materials you need. You have books and notebooks and art paper. The music lessons scheduled, the afternoon homeschool football games arranged.

But remember how you said that this year, you were going to be more organized and figure out a way to make the whole day run more smoothly?

Snack Time

What about the after-homeschool snacks? You have sworn to upgrade your family’s eating habits from getting-by to super-healthy but you have not yet put a plan in place.

Here is how it will go. You will have a full day of homeschooling under your belt and finally, you will be ready to tackle the other things on your schedule. You will taste a sense of freedom because there are hours left before dinner time. And then, one or more of your children will ask for a snack.

You are going to need something easy and quick so that you can get back to what you were about to do, but filling enough to hold them until dinner.

The Simple, No-Cook Snack Solution

Now, when I say no-cook, I do not mean that you will not have to heat anything up. But I am advocating that there be no mixing, chopping, slicing or dicing during your homeschool day. If you do want or need to slice or dice, do it during the weekend and store or freeze it.

Sandwich Wraps

Buy square wraps, spread cream cheese on them and then, pile on a few slices of ham, turkey, tuna or roast beef. If you want to add bell peppers or onions or celery or grated cheese, go right ahead. Heat it up for a few minutes in the oven and you have one snack ready to go.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This one is a no-brainer, obviously, but I suggest adding interest with apples, bacon, celery or some other surprise ingredient that you already know your child likes. Melt the cheese with a make-your-own-grill assortment of frying pan and spatula, and voila, you have another quick and easy snack.

Afternoon Tea

Add a touch of whimsy, elegance and fun by taking a brief break to snack with them. Prepare a cup of tea for yourself and each of them and offer cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese. Slice them ahead of time and leave them in the fridge in a Ziploc bag. For the occasional snack treat, you could make cinnamon apple muffins or homemade bread or cookies to go with them.