25 ideas for Healthy After-School Snacks
10 September 21, 2011
My friend, Aviva Goldfarb, is an amazing resource on healthy eating for families. She is the author of two cookbooks and the founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble®.
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Aviva was kind enough to share her ideas for after-school snacks. Since she has a 12 year old, I thought it would be fun to share her ideas. From Aviva:
If she had her way most days, our 12-year-old daughter, Celia, would eat from the moment she gets home from school, straight through to dinner.
From the way she acts (“I’m staaaarrrving!”), you’d think she’d been working on the Chain Gang all day. She’s nearly as tall as I am, and she’s as thin as a #2 pencil, so I don’t want to deny her food.
Since she’ll eat almost anything during this time, I take advantage of the opportunity, and make the majority of her snacks healthy. Celia favors popcorn (fresh-popped and low-salt), cheese cubes, apples, fruit smoothies, dried apricots, and whole grain chips and salsa.
Because we eat around 7:00, I try to get the kids to stop snacking before 5 so they will have room for dinner. Sometimes I find that a piece of sugarless gum can hold them off if they still have the munchies once it’s time to stop snacking.
Below is a list of some of our other favorite after-school snacks:
- Plain or flavored yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced fruit and granola
- Whole grain cereals or oatmeal, dry or with milk, yogurt, or raisins
- Trail mix or healthy granola bars and fruit bars
(look for high fiber and no trans fats)
- Peanut butter sandwich with raspberry jam and cashews
- Chocolate graham crackers with peanut butter
- Quesadillas (melted cheese on whole wheat tortillas)
- Rice cakes, plain or topped with peanut butter or cheese
- Popcorn, homemade or store bought (look for brand that is low in sodium
- Tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole or topped with shredded cheese and
put under broiler
- Muffins or breads, such as banana, pumpkin, corn, or zucchini (you can
make a healthy batch and freeze them)
- Mini-bagels with cream cheese and sliced cucumbers
- Hummus dip with pita, crackers or veggies
- Sliced avocados with wheat crackers
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Celery filled with cream cheese, Boursin cheese, or peanut butter
- Edamame in the shell, sprinkled lightly with sea salt
- Chickpeas or other beans, eaten with fingers or toothpicks
- Olives, pickles, canned artichokes or hearts of palm
- Frozen peas (not thawed!)
- Apple slices with cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate
chips, or honey
- Fruit Kabobs (Cut fruit on a stick and dipped in vanilla yogurt)
- Smoothies: combine fresh and/or frozen fruit, fruit juice and yogurt or soy
- Dried fruit such as mango, apricots, raisins, plums
- Ice cream cone or waffle bowl filled with yogurt and chopped fruit
- Bananas and/or strawberries with semi-sweet chocolate chips or
Sometimes an after school snack can also serve as a mini meal to tide the kids (or you) over until dinner. Try these ultra-delicious Apple and Brie Quesadillas for an afternoon snack.
For younger kids, you can make the quesadillas with just the cheese and serve the apple slices on the side. These quesadillas also work well as a hot appetizer, sliced into smaller wedges.
Please share you after-school snack ideas.
Apple and Brie Quesadillas with Mango Chutney
4 large whole wheat tortillas
4 oz. light or traditional Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 Granny Smith or other tart apple, cored and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. mango chutney, Chinese duck sauce or apricot jam
Preheat two large skillets over medium to medium-low heat (alternatively, bake all the quesadillas on baking sheets at 375 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned and crisp). (For an extra-crispy quesadilla, brush the outsides of the tortillas lightly with vegetable oil before cooking them.)
Lay one tortilla on the bottom of each pan, and top each with 1/2 of the Brie and apples. Spread one side of two more tortillas with 1 Tbsp. of the chutney, and put those tortillas on top of the tortillas in the pan, chutney side down. Let the quesadillas cook for 3 – 4 minutes per side until they start to brown, then carefully flip them and brown the second sides. Remove the quesadillas from the pan. With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the quesadillas into wedges to serve.
252 calories, 8.9 g fat, 34.8 g carbohydrates, 10.1 g protein, 4.1 g fiber, 312 mg sodium, 7 PointsPlus
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