You’ve just come home from the daily school run. It’s been a long day. You settle down in your chair hoping for a minute of me-time, just for your child to go “Muuum, I’m hungry.” And one thing is for sure, you definitely don’t want to spend ages in the kitchen preparing a healthy snack. So, what are your go-to healthy after school snacks?

It’s all too easy to reach for a packaged snack in this time, and let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course; everything is fine in moderation, but you’d rather reach for a healthy snack for our growing little people.

We recently reached out to some PakMag readers and staff and asked them for their best healthy after-school snack ideas.

This is what they had to say.

“Peanut butter and apple slices, popcorn, tuna or other toasties, boiled eggs, rice crackers. If they have a training session, then a banana and half a vegemite sandwich for fuelling the body.NATURAL YOGURT

Another option is natural yogurt with frozen fruit or natural honey. You can make a healthier version of most snacks by substituting the unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones, and avoiding pre-packaged foods that are high in sugar and preservatives.”

– Kylie Britton

“Fruit platter, banana pikelets or banana muffins, cheese, dried fruit & rice crackers.”

– Katie Coleman

“Celery and peanut butter or Vita Wheats and avocado.”

– Angela Barrett

“Popcorn without salt or butter. It’s got pretty much no fat or sodium. Cheap, easy and oh-so delish! ABC Kids and popcorn and you’ve got five minutes of peace and quiet.”

– Melissa Webb Kruse

FRUIT SKEWERS“Fruit skewers, rice crackers and hommus, water ice block or peanut butter on a spoon!”

– Rachael Sutherland

“Homemade sushi.”

– Alisha Kidner

“Fruit salad.”

– Rissa May Hodge

“Berries on yoghurt with granola, cinnamon and a little maple syrup, sometimes with a few dark chocolate drops. Some kids like frozen peas and corn ‘lollies’… hit and miss at our house!”

– Sara Williams