25 ideas for Healthy After-School Snacks

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Healthy After School Snacks

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:

  1. Plain or flavored yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced fruit and granola
  2. Whole grain cereals or oatmeal, dry or with milk, yogurt, or raisins
  3. Trail mix or healthy granola bars and fruit bars (look for high fiber and no trans fats)
  4. Peanut butter sandwich with raspberry jam and cashews
  5. Chocolate graham crackers with peanut butter
  6. Quesadillas (melted cheese on whole wheat tortillas)
  7. Rice cakes, plain or topped with peanut butter or cheese
  8. Popcorn, homemade or store bought (look for brand that is low in sodium and fat)
  9. Tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole or topped with shredded cheese and put under broiler
  10. Muffins or breads, such as banana, pumpkin, corn, or zucchini (you can make a healthy batch and freeze them)
  11. Mini-bagels with cream cheese and sliced cucumbers
  12. Hummus dip with pita, crackers or veggies
  13. Sliced avocados with wheat crackers
  14. Hard-boiled eggs
  15. Celery filled with cream cheese, Boursin cheese, or peanut butter
  16. Edamame in the shell, sprinkled lightly with sea salt
  17. Chickpeas or other beans, eaten with fingers or toothpicks
  18. Olives, pickles, canned artichokes or hearts of palm
  19. Frozen peas (not thawed!)
  20. Apple slices with cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips, or honey
  21. Fruit Kabobs (Cut fruit on a stick and dipped in vanilla yogurt)
  22. Smoothies: combine fresh and/or frozen fruit, fruit juice and yogurt or soy milk
  23. Dried fruit such as mango, apricots, raisins, plums
  24. Ice cream cone or waffle bowl filled with yogurt and chopped fruit
  25. Bananas and/or strawberries with semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate syrup

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.

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Apple and Brie Quesadillas with Mango Chutney

(4 servings)

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 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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11 Comments:

Thanks so much for these tips. My girls are the same way - they come home starving and they would snack until dinner if I let them. Good point about taking advantage of their voracious appetites to get some healthy food in their tummies. Also, like your gum idea - that would totally work with mine - especially my sweet tooth.

on September 21, 2011

What a great list! I have 3 kids who are always STARVING when they get home. I'm going to print this list out and tell them to pick the ones they think they'll like the most and that will be their snack choices. Thanks for the idea!

on September 21, 2011

Great snack ideas. I have incorporated many into my 93 lbs weight loss. An even better benefit of my weight loss is how it has transformed how my daughter eats. By learning this early she will hopefully have fewer weight issues than her dad has had!

on September 21, 2011

I love it!!!!!!!!!!

on September 21, 2011

Thanks so much for featuring my ideas on your site, Lisa! You know I'm a giant fan of yours.

on September 21, 2011

thank you so much for the ideas. thanks also for all your work on the weight watchers pointsplus you figured out as i have just started the plan.

on September 21, 2011

I love your posts, I have the same appetite and from a young age ive loved food and had a fast motabalsim but as im now 18 i know it'll slow down sooner or later, but my appetite hasnt !! so Im looking into healthy food and cooking everything from scratch, I take my own lunches to work ect but snacks was the bit i stumbled on.
Thankyou !!

on September 22, 2011

Thanks for the ideas. Great, guilt-free snacks

on September 25, 2011

The kids that I babysit love eating Yocrunch yogurt and the parents totally approve. The kids love that they get to choose what flavor and love the greek yogurt, which helps to provide them with extra protein

on September 28, 2011

I sometimes care for children that have different food intolerances (milk, wheat, soy, eggs, one is even vegan) and here's one I wanted to add to your list that hits all the marks. http://www.funnytummycafe.com/2013/02/26/breakfast-bars/

on February 26, 2013

Thanks for the ideas. 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.... especially after school when they arrive home famished! For the recipe I have nick-named “the spontaneous breadmaker’s dream come true!”
GO TO http://www.simplyfunfamilies.com/
and read the blog post for Delicious Homemade Bread - Super Quick and Incredibly Easy 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!

on April 22, 2014


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