After School Snacks

Easy After School Snacks

Even if a child eats a nutritious lunch during school, having a snack after school can actually control weight gain and also keep them fueled throughout the day. Just make sure the snacks you serve your kids are nutritious.

Strawberries, melon, pineapple, and grapes are good choices, along with cubes of mozzarella, cheddar, or another favorite cheese. Prepare them ahead and store them in the fridge.  Consider keeping two snack choices on hand—one in the refrigerator and one in the cupboard. That way your kids can make their own choices.

Here are some ideas for easy to make, delicious and healthy snacks:


  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried lemon rind (looks granulated)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 19-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, drained (or 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Combine parsley, dried lemon rind, garlic powder and ground black pepper to make a base mix. Next, put chickpeas, tomatoes, sour cream, and three tablespoons of base mix in a blender or food processor. Blend to desired consistency to spread on crackers, pita triangles or raw vegetables. Add more tomatoes or sour cream if necessary.

smoothieBlueberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup skim milk

Put ingredients into blender and puree till smooth.

trail mix

Do-it-Yourself Trail Mix

  • 1 cup wheat cereal or pretzels
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries, cranberries, chopped apricots, plums or peaches
  • 1/4 cup of nuts of your choice

Mix ingredients. Divide into two servings, and store in sandwich-sized plastic bags.

If you have nutrition concerns, talk to a Floyd physician caring for kids.