Re-Energize Your Child With Healthy Snacks

They race home from school with their tummies grumbling. Boost your children's energy and keep them going until dinner by serving an after-school snack that packs a nutritional punch.

Hummus and veggies

Whether they're home for the night or off to a play date or some other after-school activity, help re-energize your kids with these tasty and healthy options for after-school snacking.

Pass the veggies

Sometimes cut-up veggies and ranch dip isn't very interesting, so give your kids a new veggie treat:

  • Oven-baked sweet potato fries
  • Multi-grain or oven-baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Carrots, cucumbers and celery with hummus
  • Guacamole and pita chips
  • Dried veggie chips

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is a classic kid favourite, but almond and cashew butters are delicious, too. Use SoyNut butter for a peanut and nut-free option. Give these a try:

  • Nut butter on whole-grain waffles: Slice and serve
  • Peanut butter as a dip for apples, pears, bananas, celery, whole-grain pretzels or crackers: Try it mixed with cream cheese or warmed in the microwave
  • Nut butter spread on graham crackers: Top with dried fruit, apple slices or just a drop of honey

Fruit and more

Fruit salad is a great idea, but for something fun and different try these alternatives:

  • A baked apple, topped with cinnamon and raisins, granola or yogurt
  • Fruit salsa with whole-grain tortilla or pita chips
  • Frozen grapes (pop them into the freezer whole for a cool sweet treat)
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Apple or banana chips
  • Fruit and cheese kabobs: Alternate your child's favourite fruits and cheeses on wooden skewers
  • Melon ball skewers with vanilla yogurt dip
  • Frozen banana on a wooden stick, dipped in coconut or crispy cereal for extra flavour and crunch
  • Fruit and yogurt parfait, topped with granola

Smoothies

There are too many options to list here, since almost any combination of fruit, yogurt and juice processed together in the blender will work. Use frozen fruit or ice to get a thick smoothie. A few yummy combinations are:

  • Frozen mangoes, peach yogurt and a splash of low-fat or soy milk or orange juice
  • Mixed berries, blueberry or raspberry yogurt, low-fat or soy milk and ice
  • Frozen bananas, vanilla yogurt and low-fat or soy milk

Homemade baked treats

Making cookies, muffins and granola bars at home is a great way to help your child eat healthy. It's an easy way to add dried fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains to your child's after-school snack routine.

  • Banana bread: As a healthier option, use applesauce instead of oil in your favourite recipe
  • Carrot or zucchini muffins
  • Homemade granola bars and cookies: Adding dried fruit, wheat germ or flax seeds and substituting multi-grain flour to increase nutrition without sacrificing taste

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