Healthy Back-to-school Snacks

fruit for a healthy snackWhen kids get home from school, they’re hungry! Help them refuel after a challenging day of studying with some healthy snacks, the kind you don’t mind saying “yes” to when they ask for more!

  • Dip banana pieces in yogurt and roll in crushed cereal. Freeze.
  • Fill celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese. Add raisins if you’d like.
  • Slice an apple and dip in peanut butter.
  • Serve low-fat vanilla yogurt with granola or fruit pieces, such as strawberries or blueberries.
  • Use pretzel sticks to make mini fruit and cheese kabobs. Grapes and cubed cheese work well.
  • Combine low-fat milk, frozen strawberries, and banana pieces in a blender to make a smoothie.
  • Sprinkle cheese on a corn or flour tortilla and microwave for 20 seconds. Dip in salsa.
  • Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and fruit, or peanut butter.
  • Sandwich a dip of frozen yogurt and banana slices between two graham crackers.
  • Make your own trail mix by mixing together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit, and nuts.
  • Add graham cracker pieces and a few miniature marshmallows to low-fat chocolate pudding
  • Make a mini pizza by toasting an English muffin and topping it with pizza sauce and low-fat mozzarella cheese.
  • Make a sandwich roll-up by spreading mustard on a flour tortilla, adding a slice or two of ham or turkey, and rolling it up.

These ideas came from the American Dietetic Association.

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