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25 After-School Snack Ideas

They're Healthy and Taste Great, Too!

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If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still remember how it tasted: The snack that my best friend introduced me to in the 10th grade. So delicious, it soon became part of an everyday after-school ritual. We’d each cut a plain white bagel down the middle, spread a thick layer of salty tub margarine on each half, pop it in the microwave until the margarine was liquefied and the bagel was piping hot and soft, and devour it while sitting cross-legged on her scratchy bedroom carpet, reading magazines and confiding secrets. Often we’d go back for seconds.

Those were the days. Thankfully, for my arteries’ sake, I soon became far better informed about nutrition. During my first after-school job at a health-food store, I learned about the wonderful world of whole grains, healthy fats, and fresh produce. I also learned that these foods can taste just as good as the "junk foods" (and buttered white bagels) I once revered. And yes, there’s more to healthy snacking than rice cakes and celery sticks. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite healthy indulgences that are quick and easy to make. As a parent, you can whip up these easy-to-prepare snacks for your kids, or teach them how to make the recipes themselves. They are full of nutrition and flavor, so everyone will be happy between school and dinner!
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

Member Comments

  • good ideas - 8/8/2014 7:09:38 AM
  • HAPPYJANIE
    Nut butter and water??? Oh I don't know....I really think mixing a teaspoon of dark chocolate chips would be better on maybe a rice cracker? Or just eaten directly off the spoon :D - 8/6/2014 8:55:12 AM
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  • Great snack ideas. Thanks. - 6/3/2014 7:38:54 PM
  • KARENPETERSON2
    Thanks for the inspiration! My kids go crazy for a fresh, warm loaf of homemade bread right out of the oven. They consider it a great snack with some cheese or cold cuts any time of day. For the recipe I have nick-named "the spontaneous breadmaker's dream come true!"
    GO TO http://www.simply
    funfamilies.com/
    and read the blog post for Super Quick and Incredibly Easy Homemade Bread from April 20/14. Each recipe prepares enough dough for 2-3 loaves, and it can be baked after only a few hours OR refrigerated for up to 3 weeks for a warm loaf of homemade bread whenever the urge strikes! - 4/20/2014 7:59:40 AM
  • great Ideas my Family love them. - 3/24/2014 4:40:27 PM
  • Good article, thanks! - 10/23/2013 3:34:09 AM
  • Really great. Thanks - 9/16/2013 8:23:43 PM
  • Healthy snacks are great. Thanks!
    - 8/21/2013 8:16:19 PM
  • I was disgusted today in the grocery store when I noticed a sign above the packaged donuts and other assorted pastries that said, "Great, easy snack idea for after school!" This list is much better. - 8/26/2011 10:28:19 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    I use melted peanut butter as a dip for a sliced apple. Put 1 or 2 TBSP of your favorite peanut butter into a small microwavable dish & nuke it on high for 60-90 seconds. It's a very fillng snack. - 8/26/2011 5:47:00 PM
  • thanks for the quick, easy and healthy snack ideas! - 8/26/2011 5:33:50 PM
  • I'm printing this out and trying them out on my kids. :) Thanks! - 8/26/2011 12:21:21 PM
  • JDADDIONE
    I LOVE the idea of making a nut butter dip. What a great way to stretch a high calorie item! - 7/22/2011 10:18:35 AM
  • Oh the bagels! My fix was a cinn. raisin bagel with half a tub of philadelphia cream cheese. Sometimes my friends and I would eat multiple bagels! Oh, fast metabolisms... :)

    Thank you for all of the ideas - I'm a huge snacker so this will definitely help me out! - 5/13/2011 1:03:26 PM

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