Brain Break! 5 No-cook Snacks To Perk Up Your Online Schoolers
Whip up healthy snacks your kids can munch on between classes.
Aside from being a parent and an “instant” teacher, you’re well aware that in the online learning setting, you need to step up because there are (many) other roles for you to play, among them: alarm clock, cheerleader, and “cafeteria” cook for your virtual learner who’s always hungry.
Since this setup is new and unfamiliar to the kids, they too have to go through many adjustments that could drain their energy at some point. Preparing them snacks will not only satisfy their hunger in between virtual classes, but will also fuel them and boost their energy, and help them stay focused.
Now, what to serve them? Besides cake bars or biscuits, you can also make these simple but nutritious no-cook snacks at home in just a couple of minutes.
1. Fruit Skewers
Children are visual eaters and sometimes they tend to judge food based on its texture and appearance. Even fresh fruits could spark their interest after a long day of online classes, when presented differently. You will need:
- Wooden skewers / barbeque sticks
- Assorted fruits
The sky is the limit when it comes to fruit skewers, and you can customize these based on your kids’ preferences. Try different combinations of fruits and arrange them creatively on a stick. You can make a beautiful rainbow effect or alternate the fruit colors, or include cheese bits in the mix too. Use mini cookie cutters to shape larger fruits into bite-size pieces.
This scrumptious snack is amazingly easy to make and of course filled with nutrition. Quick tip: You can also try pairing these with a honey-vanilla yogurt dip. Simply mix 1 cup vanilla yogurt, ½ cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons honey and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon for an extra treat!
2. Oatmeal Energy Balls
When the kids can’t keep their attention to their lessons and are feeling “low on battery,” provide them with energy snacks. This quick recipe will have them asking for seconds.
To make Oatmeal Energy Balls, you will need the following:
- 1 ¼ cup oats
- 2 tablespoons ‘power mix-ins’ – you can use chia seeds or flaxseeds
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple or honey syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips or chopped dried fruits
Mix all the ingredients together. Stir and check the texture -- add more oats if you think it’s too wet, or add more peanut butter if it’s too dry. Once you achieve the right consistency, refrigerate the mixture. After 30 minutes, portion the mix into balls.
3. Veggie Mayo Sandwich
Your kids might be missing the sandwich you used to put in their lunch boxes on a regular school day pre-pandemic, so why not make an even healthier version by adding vegetables to the mix? Consuming vegetables will surely benefit their immune system.
You will need the following to make 6 Veggie Mayo Sandwiches:
- 6 bread slices
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup grated carrot
- ¼ cup mixed bell pepper
- ¼ cup shredded cabbage
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
- Salt to taste
You can add your own choice of vegetables depending on what your kids like.
To make this yummy and nutritious snack, all you need to do is mix well all the ingredients together. Spread a spoonful of the Veggie Mayo mixture on a slightly toasted piece of bread. Cut the bread into bite-size portions and enjoy!
This irresistible and enjoyable snack will surely delight your kids after a full day of classes. Make your own frozen pops! You will need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Fruits of your choice
- Flavored water
- Sugar to taste
Don’t have any molders? You can use disposable paper cups or plastic cups instead.
To make Fruitsicles, cut the fruits into bite-sized portions before adding them to your molds. Pour in your flavored water but be sure to leave enough space on top, approximately ½ inch. Put the popsicle sticks in and freeze for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
Giving your kids healthy snacks will surely make a difference as they continue to do distance learning.