It’s that time of year again — when your hungry child runs off the bus and straight into the kitchen for a perfect after-school snack. Making snacks for your child shouldn’t be complicated or take you forever, and that’s where yogurt comes in. We’ve got some ideal go-to yogurt recipes that make after-school snacking easy, fun, and healthy. But what makes a healthy snack healthy?
It’s easy to choose pre-made and pre-packaged items when thinking of quick things to hold your child’s hunger off until dinner time. The reality is that most of the time, those aren’t the healthiest options. These items are often highly processed, high in sodium, and packed with added sugars. To prepare the perfect after-school snack, include protein and fiber and skip the added sugars.
Components of a Perfect Snack
Protein and fiber are two critical components of a great snack. They not only help balance blood sugar, but they also keep kids full for a lot longer than a simple carb like chips or cookies would.1 Generally, fiber is easier to get into a snack than protein since fruits and veggies are packed with fiber. Protein can be a challenge, but a great kid-friendly option is yogurt. Yogurt gets its complete protein from milk, making it vegetarian-friendly and loaded with other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.2 It also contains probiotics, which may have benefits on your child’s immune system — and we all know that could be taking a hard hit this back-to-school season.3
Avoiding high-sugar options is the final key to keeping kids full for longer. Sugar is a fast-burning source of carbohydrates, and that often leads to a sugar high hours before bedtime.
Now that you have the tools to build healthy (and kid-friendly) snacks, here are four yogurt snack ideas you can prep beforehand, either with your child’s involvement or on the spot, to curb that after-school hunger. The best part is they all take less than 10 minutes to prepare.
1. 3-Ingredient Frozen Yogurt Bites
These yogurt bites are great to make ahead and serve later in the day as a kid-friendly treat. They make eating yogurt way more fun, and your child can customize what they want in their cup of yogurt. For this yogurt snack recipe, you’ll need muffin tin liners and a 12-count muffin tin.
2. Cheerio & Yogurt-Covered Strawberries
Here’s another easy, 3-ingredient yogurt snack recipe! Meet the chocolate-covered strawberry’s healthier cousin! Your child will love this healthy yogurt snack with an added crunch from Cheerios. For this recipe, you’ll need parchment paper and a large plate or baking sheet.
3. Yogurt Pops
These two-ingredient yogurt pops should be a household healthy popsicle staple. They are easy to make and stay well in the freezer whenever your child is craving a sweet treat. This also makes for a fun after-school activity and treat! You’ll need six popsicle sticks for this recipe.
4. Yogurt Granola Banana Pops
Another great freeze-ahead option can be made using bananas. These make the perfect warm-weather treat. For this recipe, you’ll need eight popsicle sticks, a baking sheet for freezing, and parchment paper.
These four yogurt snack recipes are quick, easy, and affordable ways to get your child to eat more protein and fruit. The key elements of a healthy snack can allow you to get creative with your choices, like high-fiber fruits and veggies like bananas, berries, apples, pears, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.4 High-protein options that avoid meat include yogurt and cottage cheese.5 Whether these yogurt snacks are a treat or a daily staple, your child will love a healthy, sweet way to kick their after-school hunger.