As soon as kids arrive home from school, they’re starving. Having nutritious, tasty snacks on hand can go a long way toward keeping kids happy and avoiding run-ins with hangry ones. Avocados are a great food to include in after-school snacks because the fiber helps keep kids satisfied and fueled until dinner time. They also help kids add good fats to their diet.
To select avocados that are perfectly ripe, look for ones that have dark green or black skin with a bumpy texture. Give the avocado a gentle squeeze. If it yields to gentle pressure, it’s ready to eat. If it’s still hard, you can speed up ripening by placing it in a paper sack with a banana or an apple for a day or two.
Here are three avocado recipes that are ideal after-school snacks.
Foods served on a stick are easy to make and fun to eat. For these Avocado-Tomato Skewers, you’ll need some cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese balls, and cubed avocado. Make sure to use the right technique when cutting your avocado cubes so they stay on the skewer — this video tip shows how. Once you have the ingredients prepared, the kids can help by assembling the skewers. You can serve them as-is, or drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette over them for an extra dash of flavor.
Avocados pair very well with other fruits, like watermelon. The contrast of textures between the crisp, fresh sweetness of watermelon and the creamy, mild flavor of avocados makes this fruit duo a delicious combination. All you have to do is mix cubed avocado and watermelon, squeeze the juice of half an orange over it, and enjoy! You can also add any other fruit you have on hand — strawberries, blueberries, or grapes for more variety of tastes and textures.
Combining avocado and honey into this frozen treat results in a sweet flavor, from the honey, with velvety texture from the good fat in avocados. Puree the flesh of two medium avocados with 2-1/2 cups of whole milk and half a cup of honey in a blender until smooth. If you want to make it extra creamy, substitute a cup of cream for one of the cups of milk, or for a vegan option, use coconut milk and coconut cream. If you have an ice cream maker, proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a chilled metal pan and place it in the freezer, taking it out to stir every 30 minutes until your ice cream is firm and perfectly smooth. Your kids may enjoy helping to make it almost as much as they enjoy eating it, making it ideal for an after-school snack.