Avoiding the after school low

The big kids (6 and  8) as we call them are busy, busy, busy during the week.

They both work hard at school and try their very best. They also take part in a range of after school activities.

When they first started school they would be very bad tempered at the end of the school day. I initially put this down to tiredness but as the time passed I began to think differently about things

When I was little and at school, my grandmother used to collect me and my brother from school. He used to be vile quite frankly from the moment she collected him to about 20 minutes after she gave him his evening meal.

After several weeks of this she had enough and tried a few things out as she was convinced something was causing this bad temper.

She basically figured out that it was all triggered by hunger!

From then on she would give him a snack to eat on the 20 minute walk home from school and boy did it make a difference.It completely transformed his behavior and aged 13 at the time I was convinced she had magic powers!

She would give him things like bananas, apples, small packs of raisins (although these may as well be a swear word today if you talk to your dentist), fruit bars and the occasional chocolate bar.

After having my own children it occurred to me that the after school  ‘low’ might be caused by hunger so I started taking a snack to school with me. I started this routine 5 years ago now and I haven’t looked back. It has made such a difference – it is very rare now to have grumpy children after school.

This week I have been taking these yummy fruit bars called ‘Fruit Heros‘ to school with me at the end of the day. They are a bargain in Tesco at the moment for only 99p (normally £1.99 for a pack of 5).This offer is on until 29th March so at this price I will be stocking up.

Fruit Heroes are available in four fantastic flavours: Apple & Raspberry, Blackcurrant, Strawberry and Banana

The 20g fruit snack bars are made from freshly picked sun dried fruit that have been carefully mixed and pressed in to shape. With no added sugar and naturally high in fibre they also act as one of your child’s five-a-day.

The products have:
–        No added sugar
–        No added colourings
–        No added preservatives
–        No sulphur dioxide
–        No gluten or diary
–        Not been cooked or baked
–        Naturally high fibre content
–        Natural ingredients

These have gone down really well with the children this week. They are mess free, healthy and I am told taste yummy … although they had different flavour favourites, everyone loved the strawberry!

Æble & Hindbær

Fruit Heroes fruit bars are the natural choice for children at any time of the day, whether you’re on the go or looking for a healthy lunch box snack. They are also great for home-baking for recipe hints and tips and more information visit

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4 comments on 'Avoiding the after school low'

  • oh, I'm so glad it's not just my daughter who is like this. She only started school last september & sometimes she's happy after school, other times, you just can't do anything with her. Everything is wrong Mummy, stop telling me what to do Mummy…that kind of thing. I always take a snack with me & it seems to help. But sometimes it's not just hunger, it's thirst. I really think she doesn't touch her water at school because she's busy, busy, busy. So I always take a drink too. #brilliantblogposts

  • You are so right. My eldest is dreadful at drinking her water during the day. I started using a water enhancer which has improved the situation. Thanks for reading!

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