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25 After-School Snack Ideas

They're Healthy and Taste Great, Too!

-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
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When you want something sweet, try…
  • Strawberry smoothie: Add 1 handful of fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 fresh or frozen banana (peeled and broken into chunks), and 1 cup of low-fat yogurt (any flavor you like) to a blender. Blend until smooth. TIP The texture of this smoothie is enhanced if at least one of the fruit ingredients is frozen.
  • PBO smoothie: Add 1 frozen banana (broken into chunks), 1 handful oats (instant or old-fashioned), and 1 heaping Tablespoon of peanut butter to a blender. Sweeten with honey and add enough soy, rice or dairy milk to reach desired thickness. Blend until smooth. TIP Frozen bananas are the key ingredient, for a milkshake-like consistency.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich: Toast 1 slice of whole grain bread. Top it with 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon honey and half of a banana thinly sliced. TIP For a heartier dish, add another slice of bread and cook this sandwich on a warm skillet like you would make grilled cheese.
  • Yogurt Parfait: In a tall glass or sundae cup, spoon alternating layers of low-fat yogurt, granola and sliced fruit of your choice. TIP Try fresh or canned fruit such as berries, peaches and bananas.
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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.

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  • Great snack ideas. Thanks. - 6/3/2014 7:38:54 PM
    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!"
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  • 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
    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
    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
    Eating junk foods will lead to unhealthy body so eating healthy foods like veggies, fruits, cereals will surely make your body a healthy one.

    - 3/3/2011 12:06:49 PM
  • I like the basic ideas here but 2T peanut butter and 1 T honey on ONE slice of toast with banana slices seems waaaaaay overboard. I would halve the toppings on that and try it but otherwise, it sounds like a nutrition disaster - 7/2/2010 8:31:07 AM