Healthy, Tasty Snacks for After School/Lunch

Back to school is the perfect time to get back on track after all of the summer pizza parties. You have healthy dinners planned, but the most difficult part is snack time. It’s so easy to reach for that bag of chips, but it goes without saying that there are plenty of better options out there. The real rub is trying to find something that takes little time to make, and is kid-friendly. Sometimes you get in a snack rut, and healthy ideas are few and far between. Here are a few ideas to kick start your snack time without ruining your diet!

  1.     Monkey Toast: Take either honey or whole wheat toast, spread a fair share of your favorite peanut butter, and add some slices of banana on top. If you want to add a little more to it, you can add some flax or chia seeds and a little drizzle of honey for something extra. The name alone will have your kids asking for a second slice.
  2.     Ants on a log: This is a tried and true kid-approved snack that adults love, too. It’s so simple to make, and it tastes great! Simply wash a stalk of celery, fill in the groove with some peanut butter, and add your army of “ants” with some raisins. You can throw in a few marshmallows here and there as well for a little sweet treat.
  3.     Hummus and veggies: This is an easy peasy after school snack that’s healthy, too. Just buy your favorite hummus, and slice up some veggies for dipping. Red pepper slices, grape tomatoes, cucumber–you name it! They’re all sure to go great with your hummus.
  4.     Yogurt parfait: Are you craving something sweet? Go for a Greek yogurt parfait! Grab any flavor Greek yogurt, and add some fresh fruit, nuts, or granola for a crunchy mouthful of sweetness. If you’re looking to cool down, try sticking your fruit in the freezer for a few minutes before you eat to give them a nice chill.
  5.     Trail mix: Trail mix is simple, yet filling, and adds a nice variety to your diet. You can make your own, or you can buy pre-made trail mix from the store. Look for ones with a good variety of nuts, dried fruit, and some chex or pretzels.
  6.     Cucumber salad: This is easy to make and stick in the fridge for when you want it. Cut up some cucumbers into half-moon shapes, slice some grape tomatoes, and add a few diced onions if you’re an onion person. Then, cut up some fresh dill and sprinkle it in with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top it off with an Italian dressing and you have a savory and fresh cucumber salad to enjoy!
  7.     Caprese skewers: These are always a crowd favorite. You can make these poppers for a quick home snack, or break them out of a social gathering. Get some small skewers and start with a cherry tomato. Then add a basil leaf, and pop on a small mozzarella ball with just a touch of salt and cracked pepper to the end of the skewer. Drizzle a splash of balsamic vinegar over it and you’ll be in caprese heaven.

Try out one for each day of the week! These delicious bites don’t have to stay in the snack zone—you can always add them to your lunch or dinner for a tasty side dish. With these quick snacks, you’ll see how staying healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste.

 

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