The kids are back in school and coming home hungry for snacks. They’ve studied hard all day and just need a little snack to tide them over until dinner. But what do you feed them that is both healthy and nutritious – and that they’ll actually eat?
Here are ten kid-tested after-school snacks that are easy to prepare and sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters:
- Snack Kabobs: Cut small cubes of low-fat cheddar or Swiss cheese. Have kids “skewer” the cubes, as well as some grapes, with pretzel sticks.
- Strawberry Smoothie: Throw a half-cup of frozen strawberries, a cut up banana, and a cup of low-fat yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Frozen Grapes: Pluck and wash some seedless grapes and place them in the freezer. The frozen grapes are like naturally sweet popsicles. This is a popular snack for warm September afternoons.
- Yogurt Parfaits: In a glass, layer a handful of berries, then a few spoonfuls of low-fat yogurt. Sprinkle the top with fresh granola. The yogurt is an excellent source of calcium.
- Peanut Butter Balls: Mix a cup of smooth or crunchy peanut butter, a cup of honey, and 3 cups of rolled oats together. Take handfuls of the mixture and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in coconut and chill in the fridge for an hour before serving. They’re yummy with a glass of milk!
- Popcorn and Cheese: Air popped corn is high in fiber and low in calories. Serve it with low-fat stringed cheese.
- Apple Slices and Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt Dip: The apples are outstanding sources of Vitamin C and fiber, while the yogurt provides protein and calcium. Together they’re a creamy, crunchy delight.
- Mexican Wrap: Sprinkle low-fat, grated Monterey Jack cheese on a corn tortilla. Fold in half or roll into a log then microwave for 20-30 seconds. Serve it up with a little guacamole or salsa.
- Star-spangled Pitas: Spread low-fat cream cheese in a whole-wheat pita. Stuff with sliced strawberries and blueberries.
- Ants on a Log: Spread peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese on a celery stick and top with raisins.