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Healthy After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

After a busy day of learning and playing, kids are hungry! But instead of having them dig into a packaged treat that’s loaded with sugar, offer these healthy options that are a snap to prepare. Sure to delight, these snacks provide energy and nutrition and keep them satisfied until dinner.

Yogurt
Yogurt is a great snack for kids because it’s a good source of protein and calcium. Calcium is especially important for kids’ developing bones. But avoid brands high in sugar. Choose plain, full-fat yogurt and add sliced fruit to sweeten it up. 

Cheese
Cheese is mostly made up of protein and fat and is a good source of calcium. Cheese provides children with high-quality protein, which is needed for proper growth. Some studies note that children who eat cheese are less likely to get cavities.1

Popcorn
As long as you don’t drown it in butter, popcorn is a nutritious whole grain snack. Air-pop your own popcorn, drizzle it with a little butter and top with a sprinkling of grated cheese. 

Celery with peanut butter and raisins
Sometimes called “ants on a log,” this is a fun way to get your child to eat a vegetable. Cut a stalk of celery into three or four pieces, spread peanut butter inside the celery and arrange a few raisins on top of the peanut butter.

Trail mix
As long as your child is not allergic to nuts, trail mix is a healthy snack for kids to eat on the go. You can make your own healthy version by combining mixed nuts, dried fruit and a whole-grain cereal.

Fruit
Most fruits contain fiber and important nutrients. And fruits like bananas, apples, pears, grapes, peaches, and plums make a great grab-and-go snack. You can also cut fruits like pineapple, cantaloupe and mango into bite-size pieces and store in small containers for convenient snacks.

 

Along with serving your kids healthy snacks, also be aware of what they’re drinking. Water is always your best bet. It has no calories or sugar and keeps kids well hydrated.

1Source: Kashket, S., & DePaola, D. P. (2002). Cheese Consumption and the Development and Progression of Dental Caries. Nutr Rev, 60(4), 97 - 103.

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