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The 3 Best After-School Snacks for Your Kids

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

After a long day of learning, playing, and building up an appetite, your kids probably run home looking for snacks to hold them over until dinnertime.

Here are three teeth-friendly snacks that double as a perfect after-school treat:

  1. Berry and yogurt parfait: Yogurt is a super food for both teeth and the whole body. It’s high in calcium, a building block for strong teeth. Plus, the probiotics it contains help you digest food, fight bad breath, and keep gums healthy. Choose plain, full-fat yogurt and sweeten it with a little Stevia and berries.
  2. Homemade veggie chips: Baked veggie chips are healthy and very easy to make. Try using kale, spinach, sweet potatoes or carrots (cut the sweet potatoes and carrots into thin slices). Simply mix the veggies with enough olive oil to coat them. Add spices, such as garlic or pepper. Bake in the oven at 350° F for about 12 minutes, flip them once, then bake until crispy.
  3. Fruit and cheese kabobs: These are quick to make and fun to eat! Pick some favorite sliced cheeses and fruit, and skewer them on a bamboo stick. You can even use a cookie cutter to make shapes in the cheese. Like yogurt, cheese is high in calcium and helps keep teeth strong.

There’s no need to feed your kids unhealthy, processed foods. These snacks are so delicious, they will be begging for healthy food before you know it!