The period between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. is both the busiest in many kids’ days and also the time when their hunger is most undeniable. (Just try denying it and watch a meltdown begin.) A lot of kids go from school to an extracurricular activity—soccer, ballet, violin lessons, tutoring, whatever—and will need a serious snack in between.
Blend Greek yogurt, half a ripe banana, a handful of frozen berries and a splash of milk for a smoothie.
Make a sandwich from sliced cored apples; spread with honey and sprinkled with granola.
Spread hummus on toasted whole wheat bread and top with halved cherry tomatoes and a dash of salt.
Make a sandwich out of leftover pancakes spread with a slick of cream cheese and studded with sliced strawberries or bananas.
Stack cubes of cheese, rolled up slices of deli ham and cherry tomatoes on wooden skewers. Kids will eat almost anything on a stick!