After-School Snacks Need Not Be Fatty

Posted on March 31, 2014 by

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It’s after school, and you’re rummaging for a snack, but you’re getting sick of eating fatty foods.  There are plenty of healthy after-school snacks to eat.

Be creative in your choices.  There are so many combinations and healthy ways to snack. It’s a well-known fact that eating small amounts of foods throughout the day will keep you from overeating at lunch or dinnertime. Most of these nutritious suggestions can be eaten for breakfast as well, but remember that eating a big breakfast is good for you and gets you through your day.

Apples dipped in Nutella or peanut butter is a juicy and healthy choice. You could also try freeze-dried fruits, which give you a smaller non-juicy snack. Frozen blueberries and yogurt give you your daily dairy, and blueberries are great for you. Grapes and cheese plates can be put together fast and are a sweet taste with the wonderful saltiness of different kinds of cheeses. Any types of fruits to snack on is a healthy and smart choice, and there are so many options, so try something new. To make your fruit more interesting, try blending fruits and some yogurt and make a fruit shake.

“I sometimes have fruit or fruit shake after school,” Senior, Francesca Medy said.

Vegetables are great for you: celery and peanut butter, carrots and ranch, raw bell peppers, raw sugar snap peas, turkey and veggie rollups, Kale chips, zucchini chips, raw broccoli, and so much more.  There are plenty of combinations to create with veggies. If you are a fan of tomatoes, try feta cheese and olive oil with tomatoes as a choice for your afternoon hunger. Raw veggies are very good for you, but if you’re not a fan, try boiling them in water and eating a veggie bowl. You can also make veggie shakes as well.

Dairy products are essential for daily diets. Yogurts and oats, Yogurt and berries, honey bunches of oat cereal and yogurt, string cheese, etc. A tall glass of milk fills you up and gives you the illusion of a full tummy to hold you over until dinner. Eating cheese plates in small amounts, such as cheese and crackers, is a healthy snack.

Some other random choices include hard-boiled eggs, pretzels and dip, muffins, brown rice, mixed nuts, roasted chickpeas, mixed nuts, hummus and crackers, whole grain cereal, oatmeal, popcorn, pudding, plain waffles, sweet potato French fries, salads, or even Ritz crackers with Peanut butter and fluff or jelly to make a mini PB& J.

If you’re having a late dinner and have enough time, try making your own dips. You can easily make a chicken buffalo dip, spinach and artichoke dip, cream cheese and chive dips, cheddar cheese dips, etc. Using corn chips, pretzels, or crackers as your dipper is a yummy suggestion.

Remember that this list is by far not all the delicious treats you can make.  In the end, eating healthy makes you feel better than chocolate does. Add some of these to your shopping list and try out some combinations of healthy foods.

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