Healthy after school snack ideas

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Healthy snacks for after school

Give hungry kids a healthy after school snack that will give them natural energy instead of sugary foods that will make them sluggish. Here are a few ideas on how to keep after school snacks healthy and satisfying.

Pita pizza

Pita Pizza recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole mini whole grain pita breads
  • 1 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 2 cups grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Slice pita breads in half so there are 8 pieces.
  2. Spread pesto sauce over top of each pita half then top with mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.
  3. Place pita halves in a preheated toaster oven and heat until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Low-Fat Caramel Corn recipe

Makes 8 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups plain air popped popcorn

Directions:

  1. Combine honey, butter, and vanilla in a saucepan and heat until butter is melted and mixture is thin.
  2. Drizzle mixture over popcorn and stir well.
  3. Spread popcorn on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Let cool and separate kernels when ready to eat.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie recipe

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt or frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Combine pineapple with strawberries, banana, yogurt, and ice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

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