Friday, August 7, 2015

After-School Snack Ideas

With school starting up again, parents and caregivers are looking for great ideas for snacks after school which will taste good and not be full of sugar, fat and salt.  One good habit to get into is to always start with those foods we don’t get enough of: fruits, vegetables & dairy.  Try some of the ideas below!

  • ·         Make a smoothie (see recipe below)
  • ·         Serve vanilla Greek yogurt with canned pineapple chunks on top
  • ·         Serve baby carrots and grape tomatoes with a dollop of ranch dressing for dip.
  • ·         Spread apple slices with a smudge of peanut butter & some granola cereal on top.
  • ·         Try hummus, if you haven’t yet. Serve it with cucumber slices or whole wheat crackers.
  • ·         Mozzarella cheese is low-fat.  Try it sliced with cut up apples, or any fruit.
  • ·         Whole wheat tortilla roll-ups sound like what they are.  Use peanut butter and banana slices, turkey, cheese and spinach, tuna salad and diced cucumbers or refried beans and salsa.
  • ·         Stick plastic forks into half bananas.  Roll in melted chocolate chips, then in granola or nuts.  Eat or freeze for a cold snack later.
  • ·         Combine nuts, popcorn, whole grain cereal and banana chips in a large bowl. 
  • ·         Portion corn tortilla chips into single serving bags, serve with fresh salsa (see recipe below).
  • ·         Find some healthy cookie recipes (example below).


Healthy cookies
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins
Combine all ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes at 350° F.

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup sliced strawberries, frozen
1 banana, frozen in chunks
½ cup apple or orange juice
Combine all ingredients in blender. Process until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, chopped fine
½ tsp garlic powder & 2 tsp chili powder
Combine all ingredients. Chill to mix flavors. Serve with tortilla chips.

Healthy Eating from Topeka Pharmacy!