6 Healthy After-School Snacks

6 Healthy After-School Snacks

Yogurt Parfait

You’ve had a long day at school, and as soon as you get home, you realize you’re hungry. Yes, it’s so easy to grab those potato chips, munch on some cookies or eat some brownies, but it’s unhealthy. Instead of eating foods that are high in sugar and low in nutritional value, you can eat food that are healthy and taste delicious. Here’s a list of some yummy after school snacks. 

  

Mexi-Crackers 
These tasty crackers are extremely easy to make. All you need to do is spread two wedges of Laughing Cow Light Cheese on a whole grain cracker and top it with salsa. They’re low in fat, but high in energy. If you eat six mexi-crackers, your intake is only 165 calories and 6.5 grams of fat, which is a lot healthier than those cookies you may have been eyeing.


Popcorn Mix
Popcorn is a very popular snack and it can be extra delicious without having to drench it in butter. Mix a cup of organic popcorn with two tablespoons of dried fruit, two tablespoons of dried fruit (like raisins or cherries) and two tablespoons of M&Ms to have a great popcorn mix! One serving is around 100 calories.


Cracker Sliders
To make these sliders, you need about four or five crackers with a cucumber slice on each, low fat cheddar cheese spread on top of the cucumber and light ranch dressing on the last layer. Cracker sliders are a great substitute for crunchy snacks like potato chips.

Yogurt Parfait
Add some pizzazz to regular yogurt by turning it into a parfait! Build the parfait by adding berries, sliced peaches and crunchy cereal flakes, nuts or seeds to low-fat yogurt to make this delicious treat. Homemade parfaits usually only contain less than 3 grams of fat.

Toasted Cheese Sticks
This is a great alternative to the high-fat mozzarella cheese sticks we all love so much. Just toast a slice of low-fat mozzarella on whole wheat bread and dip it in marinara sauce! Make more than one if you want lunch instead of just a snack.

Smoothies
Homemade fruit smoothies taste as good if not better than smoothies you can buy at a restaurant or cafe. They’re a lot healthier, because they don’t contain any of the unnecessary sugars (they only contain less than 7 grams of sugar if you use real fruit) and they’re more inexpensive. Cut up a banana into a blender, add a cup of low-fat milk or soy milk, and a handful of strawberries and blueberries, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Other tips: At times when you’re craving an unhealthy snack (like chips) make sure you have a healthier option near you (like an apple or strawberries) that can help you fight off your cravings! And always remember to incorporate lean protein (lean meats, legumes, dairy), healthy carbs (veggies, fruits, whole grains) and healthy fats (avocado, fish) into all aspects of your diet (including snacks)!

—Ama Kwarteng
Photo credit: Pen Waggener

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