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10 Healthy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Here are some snack choices that you can feel good about for your kids when they arrive home with hungry bellies.

Here are some snack choices that you can feel good about for your kids when they arrive home with hungry bellies.

  1. Yogurt Parfait – Layer vanilla yogurt, berries and/or bananas and granola in a glass (if you have sundae glasses, it’s especially delicious-looking).  I personally love Stonyfield Farm French vanilla yogurt and Bear Naked granola.  Make sure to read the serving size of granola – a little bit goes a long way.
  2. Smoothie – instead of a parfait, I throw the above ingredients in the blender and have it for breakfast every morning.  Delicious.
  3. Sweet Potato Oven Fries – cut up a sweet potato into thin wedges and shake them in a Ziploc bag with olive oil and little bit of salt.  Bake them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Veggies with Hummus – I love all veggies – carrots, bell peppers and celery work really well with hummus.
  5. Baked Whole Wheat Pita Chips and Hummus – You can make your own baked pita chips by cutting whole wheat pita bread in half (so you have two single layer pieces) and then in quarters (pizza style).  Bake them at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, or until they start to brown – careful, they burn easily!  If you don’t have time for all that, they also sell them in the store, usually in the natural foods section.
  6. Popcorn – again, you can make your own - put 3 tbsp of olive or vegetable oil to a large pot and heat it over medium-high heat. Add a 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and cover. As soon as it starts to pop, shake the pot, still over the heat. The kernels will begin popping rapidly. When the popping slows down, remove the pot from the heat. Be careful when you take of the lid, there might be a lot of steam. Newman's Own Natural Flavor Microwave Popcorn is also very good.
  7. Trail Mix – you really can use just about anything, but for a healthy mix, use a whole grain cereal, almonds, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds.
  8. Cereal – speaking of cereal, why not serve whole grain cereal with low fat milk, berries and/or bananas – this healthy option doesn’t have to be limited to the morning!
  9. Guacamole with Baked Tortilla Chips – squash up an avocado and serve with baked tortilla chips. To make the chips, use corn tortillas. Brush one side of each tortilla with about 1/4 teaspoon canola oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cut into 8 wedges.  Bake at 400 degrees until crisp – about 8 to 10 minutes.  No time to make chips?  Food Should Taste Good blue corn chips are a good choice.
  10. Apples with Cinnamon – this was a favorite of mine when I was little.  Cut an apple into wedges and put in a baggie with a little bit of cinnamon.  Shake it up and enjoy!

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