“Mom, What Can I Eat?” // Nutritious After-school Snack Ideas

Snack Ideas

 


 

 

All family members can benefit from planned healthy snacks.  Planned snacks provide more nutrition and energy for work, growth, learning and play.


 

Prep Your Pantry

Build a weekly snack menu and that “what is there to eat?” question won’t be heard as often.

Here are a few snack ideas that can add good nutrition to your family’s diet.

  • Fruits and berries
  • Low fat chips and salsa
  • Grape tomatoes and vegetables
  • Frozen banana chips
  • Low fat yogurt smoothies
  • Cereal mix
  • Whole grain crackers and breads
  • Applesauce and cottage cheese
  • Graham crackers
  • Mini pizza on English muffin or pita
  • Low fat cheese
  • Low fat pita and hummus
  • Fruit juice pops
  • Light popcorn
  • Ants on a log (stuffed celery)
  • Cheese sticks

Fruit Peanut Butter Pizza

1 pizza crust

1 cup peanut butter

3 sliced bananas

¾ cup raisins or dried cranberries

½ cup chopped apples

 

Bake crust according to package directions. Spread peanut butter on crust and add the fruits.  Bake at 350 until the peanut butter melts.


This article was written by Carolyn Washburn, Utah State University Extension associate professor, carolyn.washburn@usu.edu.

2 replies

    • Hi Donna,

      Here are the directions for frozen banana chips:

      Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the bananas into ½-inch slices and lay flat on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1-1/2 hours. Remove frozen bananas from the freezer and let set out for about 5 minutes and then eat them.

      Chocolate covered bananas are also a great snack. Follow the same step except dip the sliced bananas in melted chocolate and roll in nuts or granola. Place in freezer and freeze for 1 ½ hours.

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