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25 After-School Snack Ideas

They're Healthy and Taste Great, Too!

When you want something salty, try…
  • Nachos: Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread out a handful of low-fat or baked tortilla chips onto pan. Top with salsa, black beans (canned and rinsed), and a small amount of shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese on top is melted. TIP You can also heat nachos on high in the microwave for about a minute.
  • Nut Butter Dip: Combine 1/4 cup of your favorite nut butter (such as peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter) with 1/4 cup water. Whip with a fork until smooth. Cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, apples, bananas or other fresh product into spears and dip into the nut butter. TIP You might have so melt the nut butter slightly to achieve desired consistency.
  • Bean Burritos: Top a whole wheat tortilla with canned fat-free refried beans, salsa and shredded low-fat cheese. Microwave until warm, then add chopped lettuce and plain low-fat yogurt for garnish. Roll up and enjoy! TIP If you don't have refried beans on hand, open a can of black or pinto beans, rinse, drain and then mash with a fork.
  • Personal Veggie Pizza: Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread tomato sauce onto a piece of whole wheat pita bread. Top with your favorite veggies, such as frozen peas, corn, diced peppers or onions, olives, broccoli or sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle cheese over vegetables and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. TIP If you don't have pizza sauce on hand, you can skip the sauce. For added flavor, sprinkle your pizza with garlic powder, dried basil and/or dried oregano.
When you'd rather head to the store, remember…
If you don’t have the time to make any of the recipes above but still want to snack healthy, there are some great packaged snacks available. Take a cruise down the natural-food aisle the next time you’re at the supermarket. There are plenty of low-fat, healthy and natural versions of your kids' favorites. Healthy snacks that don't need any prep work include:
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Trail mix
  • Mixed nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit leather
  • Granola bars
  • Protein or energy bars
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk
  • Whole grain crackers with sliced low-fat cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Baby carrots with hummus
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Whole wheat pita with black bean dip
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter
  • Canned tuna salad kits
It's good for kids and teens to snack, especially if they’re eating the right foods. Providing their growing bodies with a steady supply of nutrients is the key to staying healthy and energized. So snack on!
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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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