After School Snacks

Back to School brings After School Snacking.  Don't worry that your children will ruin their dinner with sweet treats and junk food if you plan ahead.  Use these recipes and handy snack list to help you have snacks that can be a healthy part of your family's food plan.

Fruits and Vegetables make great snacks that pack a powerful nutrition punch.  Children like to be involved in picking them out at the grocery store and in preparing them.  Have a variety of these goodies that little hands can reach for whenever they are ready for a snack.

Fruit Snacks

Fresh Fruits

  • Banana
  • Apples - Have a variety such as Fuji, Gala, Delicious and Granny Smith
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges

Canned Fruits in juice or water
Individual fruit cups
Fruit Juice
Dried Fruit such as raisins and plums

Vegetable Snacks

Fresh Vegetable Dippers ( May be served with low fat dressing.)

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Cucumber Rounds
  • Zucchini Strips
  • Squash Wheels
  • Celery Logs

Vegetable Juice
Vegetable and Fruit Juice blends

Fruit Salsa

  • 1 Fuji apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1-2  Tbsp. white sugar - to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a medium bowl, mix together Fuji apple, strawberries, kiwis,  bananas, lime juice, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 20 minutes. Serve with cinnamon or bagel chips.  To make homemade cinnamon chips:  slice 6 flour tortillas into triangle wedges.  Spray with butter flavored cooking spray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 min.

Peanut Butter Apple Dip

  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk
  • 3 apples, cut into wedges

In a mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients; mix well.  Serve with apples. Store in refrigerator.