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Healthy After School Snack Tips
After a long day at school, kids may be hungry and want a snack when they get home. Childhood obesity is on the rise, however, and snacks full of fat and empty calories are not conducive to a healthy diet. Before you anticipate your kids groaning at tasteless, bland health food, prepare these nutritious yet tasty after-school snacks.
After school, your kids may go to a friend's house or an enrichment program, but they can still take along healthy snacks in a plastic bag. Some of these convenient snacks include pretzels, popcorn, sliced vegetables like carrots and celery, dried or fresh fruits and nuts, graham crackers and mini rice cakes topped with peanut butter. You can make snack bags ahead of time for the coming week; this way, you or your children can just grab-and-go.
Grain products run the gamut from sugary cereals to whole-grain breads; healthy snacks should focus more on the whole grains. These provide children with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Whole wheat pitas served with hummus and fresh vegetables, whole-grain crackers served with low-fat cheese, low-sugar granola or cereal bars and whole-grain flatbreads are all healthy snacks for kids.
Dairy products provide children with calcium to help support their bones and teeth, but many dairy-based foods are also full of saturated fat, which is bad for the arteries. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products are healthier choices than full-fat products. Low-fat yogurts containing less than 30 g of sugar in a 6-ounce cup, low-fat cheese and low-fat puddings and frozen yogurts are all snacks that are healthier choices. Topping yogurt or frozen yogurt with fresh fruit or granola can provide even more nutrients.
On cool autumn days or during the winter, a hot after-school snack can hit the spot after a long day. Some healthy snacks that will warm kids up include tofu hot dogs, ramen noodle soup with extra vegetables added for more nutrition, homemade cornbread or muffins, and oatmeal topped with fresh fruit. If you make hot chocolate, use reduced-sugar mixes and low-fat or fat-free milk.
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Healthy After School Snack Recipes
- Frozen bananas. Cut a banana in half and put each half on a Popsicle stick. Roll the halves in yogurt and then coat with a crispy rice cereal or granola and freeze. Your child can enjoy them frozen or slightly thawed.
- Quick pizza. Drizzle tomato sauce and sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on a whole-grain English muffin half. Sprinkle with seasonings, such as oregano and garlic. Heat in the toaster oven until the cheese melts.
- Yogurt treats. Make yogurt parfaits by layering fruit, like strawberries and blueberries, and low-fat yogurt in a parfait glass. Top with granola.
- Snack mix. Make a mix of ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit, and nuts or seeds. Place in a sandwich bag and you have an on-the-go snack.
- Snack kabob. Cut up cubes of low-fat cheese and place them with grapes on mini pretzel sticks.
- All-time favorite. Kids may enjoy “ants on a log,” which are celery sticks spread with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese and topped with raisins.
- Mexican treat. Take a corn tortilla and sprinkle with low-fat, grated Monterey Jack cheese. Fold it in half and then microwave for 20 seconds. Top with mild salsa.
- Potpourri. Arrange pita chips, baby carrots, and apple slices on a plate. Serve with hummus, low-fat ranch dressing, or low-fat yogurt as a dip.
- Smoothies. Blend low-fat milk or yogurt with a banana or strawberries and some ice for a low-fat milkshake.
- Popcorn. Air-pop some of your own kernels or choose a low-fat brand of popcorn to pop in the microwave. Serve with a glass of milk.
One final note: When kids have a snack after school, they should eat at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV or computer. “That way they pay attention to what they're eating,” says Thayer, “and mindful eating keeps kids from overeating.”
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