Healthy Snacks for After-School Activities Give Kids the Energy They Need
By Peter Maldonado, Sep 23 2016
For many students, the school day doesn’t end with the final bell. That’s the time when after-school activities are just beginning. Whether it’s football practice or rehearsing for the spring musical, your kids need energy to perform well. Unfortunately, by mid-afternoon their energy is already in a slump, especially if they’ve eaten cafeteria pizza or other nutrient-deprived foods for lunch.
Pack Healthy After-School Snacks
Convenient snacks for kids don’t have to be synonymous with junk food. These simple, healthy snacks are perfect for keeping energy levels steady for after-school activities.
- Peanut Butter & Banana in Whole Wheat Pita Half
This delicious pita snack is a powerful energy booster. The whole wheat pita and peanut butter deliver complex carbs for steady energy and the banana’s simple carbs complement it by delivering quick energy. Bananas also help normalize low potassium levels that may occur during exercise.
- Chomps Protein Boost
Help young muscles recover after strenuous exercise with healthy protein from Chomps Natural Beef Sticks. Each individually wrapped serving delivers 9 grams of protein from 100% grass-fed non-GMO Angus beef. A natural alternative to traditional, heavily processed beef jerky brands, each Chomps serving has 100 calories of pure goodness.
- Hummus Dip & Veggies
Hummus is a popular Mediterranean dip made from garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chick peas). A nutritious source of protein, good fat, and fiber, hummus is a delicious dip for your kids’ favorite raw vegetables like carrots, sweet red peppers, and celery sticks. Add a couple of mozzarella cheese sticks for extra protein.
- Turkey Sandwich Half
How do you transform a popular lunch into a snack? Cut it in half! Half of a turkey sandwich with mustard on whole wheat bread is still big enough to energize your kids with healthy carbs and protein. The combo will keep them going whether they are practicing with the marching band or playing basketball with friends.
- Yogurt, Nuts & Dried Fruit
This nutritional trio features healthy protein, carbs, and fats. Add kid favorites like raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, and nuts such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts. This smooth and crunchy snack tastes more like a cool dessert.
Avoid “Energy Drinks”
Most so-called energy drinks are loaded with sugar and caffeine—an extremely unhealthy combination for kids or adults. Make sure your kids stay hydrated with bottled water and give them steady energy with healthy carbs and proteins that help them feel great and have the energy they need for any after-school activity.
Chomps Natural Beef Sticks
Made from 100% grass-fed non-GMO Angus beef, Chomps Natural Beef Sticks is the perfect choice for after-school snacks, lunch box meals, and an on-the-go lifestyle. Chomps is enhanced with the down-home flavors of farm-fresh ingredients and preserved with natural celery juice. Instead of tasting like those tough-to-chew jerky brands in supermarkets, Chomps is very tender, flavorful, and juicy. Free of gluten, soy, hormones, antibiotics, dairy, and MSG, Chomps are available online and at Trader Joe’s retail stores nationwide.
Order Chomps natural beef snack sticks online in three juicy flavors—Original, Crankin’ Cran, and Jalapeno. Chomps is Whole30 approved and paleo-diet friendly. Enjoy your protein boost the healthy, tasty way!