Cookies and Bars
I have used these after school snacks to help with some 'good talks' with teens. Sometimes the way to open communication with your teenager is through their stomach and cookies have never failed me. Bake some then sit down with your teen to eat them and you'll find you are enjoying a conversation. Here is a list of fun cookies and bars your teen would love to eat after school today:
Fun Fruits and Veggie Snacks
Many teens skip breakfast, whiz through the school lunch eating fast foods like french fries or ice cream bars out of the vending machines and then come home from school needing something more than a sugary treat. If this sounds like your teen - or you just want to give your teen a healthy snack - try one of these recipes:
Pizzas, Nachos and Sandwiches
Teens, especially teen boys, often need snacks that eat like meals. Growth spurts, sport practices and games, and not eating enough lunch at school will make teens very hungry. At these times, parents find their teens shuffling through the kitchen ready to eat anything they can get their hands on - including a large full bag of potato chips. At these times, I have a few standby recipes that I use to make up a snack that is filling and they enjoy eating.
These after school snack ideas are excellent for your teen athletes. While the snacks look like they will ruin their dinner, I have never found that to be the case. But let me repeat, large snacks like these are for kids and teens who are very active, not those who are having problems with weight gain. Having a snack like these below on a regular basis when a teen is not active is not good for a teen diet and can lead to obesity. For these teens, try one for lunch instead. Otherwise, your teen son who is in the middle of football season or daughter who plays varsity basketball will love these ideas for their snack: