KidTrek: After School Programs – Healthy Snacks

  1. Veggies:  carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes,cucumber, bell pepper — can be eaten with ranch dip, peanut butter, or bean spread
  2. Fruit:  apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, and seasonal fruit
  3. Applesauce, without added sugar, in small cups
  4. Mountain High vanilla yogurt – You would buy a large tub and dish it out.
  5. Apples with peanut butter
  6. Dried fruit – raisins, figs, dates, plums, apricots, cranberries, apples
  7. Purchase cookies that use canola oil at a health food store.
  8. Salad
  9. Nuts – Make sure that no one is allergic.
  10. Seeds
  11. Frozen foods: anything from Amy’sCo.- burritos, bananas, tofutti cuties, cut up veggie burritos (serve with pita bread), frozen waffles – Look at a health food store or most large supermarkets carry Amy’s products in their health food section.
  12. Juice popsicles – You make them.
  13. Puffins peanut butter cereal – Eat it dry. (Can be purchased at Trader Joe’s and Albertson’s.)
  14. Boiled eggs
  15. Granola
  16. Popcorn
  17. Pretzels
  18. Pita wedges with bean dip or a spinach/vegetable dip
  19. Make jello from juice – the recipe is on the box of Knox Gelatin
  20. Cheese
  21. Juices that are 100% juice – Stay away from the sugary juices.
  22. Rice cakes
  23. Plain yogurt and add honey, a little juice, or some fresh/frozen/dried fruit
  24. Healthy granola bars – Read the ingredients.
  25. Triscuits or other whole grain crackers
  26. Cottage Cheese
  27. For a treat, low fat Chocolate Milk English muffin pizzas with pineapple or tomato slice, mushrooms, etc.
  28. Baked potatoes with chili beans or broccoli and cheese
  29. Waffles topped with fresh fruit. Choose fruits that are in season
  30. Tortillas and beans
  31. Yogurt and fruit topped with cereal (yogurt sundaes)
  32. Raw vegetables cut into slices or sticks with a yogurt dip. (Mix your favorite dry salad dressing mix into plain yogurt to make a great tasting low-fat dip!)
  33. Trail mix made with several types of cereal, dried fruit and nuts or sunflower seeds
  34. Yogurt grahams. (Spread fruit-flavored yogurt on a graham cracker square, top with a second square. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.)
  35. chocolate covered bananas
  36. apples dipped in peanut butter
  37. celery with cheese spread
  38. whole wheat crackers with slices of ham and cheese
  39. nuts
  40. ice cream
  41. grilled cheese squares
  42. fruit salad
  43. ice cones with fruit juice
  44. whole wheat pretzels with cheese dip
  45. chopped carrots, celery, cucumbers with ranch dressing dip
  46. animal crackers
  47. Whole grain bagel with fruit jam
  48. hot apple bran muffins
  49. watermelon or cantaloupe
  50. home made pudding
  51. milkshakes, try adding blended fruit
  52. dried fruits, nature’s candy
  53. raisins or fresh grapes or strawberries with a little whipped cream dip
  54. Make your own individual pizza (use low fat cheese, whole-grain pizza crust, and lots of veggies for toppings.)
  55. Cereal with fruit and milk
  56. Tuna sandwich on whole-grain bread
  57. Peanuts and pretzels
  58. Macaroni and cheese (use an all-natural boxed variety such as Annie’s)
  59. Apple and banana slices spread with peanut butter
  60. Popcorn and homemade soda (mix seltzer with 100-percent fruit juice)
  61. Hot chocolate made with milk
  62. Mixed fruit that’s already cut up and ready for eating
  63. Ready-to-eat, cut-up veggies, including carrot sticks, pepper strips, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, and low-fat dip
  64. Leftovers from dinner the night before, such as cold chicken and pasta
  65. Homemade whole-grain muffins containing fruit or veggies, such as carrot, blueberry or zucchini (Make them using vegetable oil and low-fat milk.)
  66. Low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers, served with fruits and/or veggies.
  67. Milk shakes made with non-fat milk and non-fat frozen yogurt.
  68. Tortilla filled with shredded low-fat cheese and salsa, warmed in microwave
  69. Veggie burger
  70. Low-fat luncheon meat rolled around a carrot stick or cucumber spear
  71. For beverages at snack time, serve milk, 100-percent juice, or water. Avoid sports drinks or sodas that provide calories but little else.
  72. Veggie Munchies from Health is Wealth,
  73. Select only juices that are 100 percent juice
  74. Cubed cheese – they come in bags already cut up

Frozen Yogurt Cups

Serves: 3 to 4
Prep time: 5 to 10 minutes
Freezing time: 1 to 2 hours

 Ingredients:

  • 8-ounce container of your favorite flavor of yogurt

Utensils:

  • small paper cups
  • wooden popsicle sticks (available in craft stores)
  • plastic wrap

Directions:

  1. Pour yogurt into paper cups.  Fill them almost to the top.
  2. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup.
  3. Using the popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap.  Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup.
  4. Put the cups in the freezer until the yogurt is frozen solid.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap, peel away the paper cup, and eat your pop!

Ants On A Log

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery sticks
  • peanut butter
  • raisins

Utensils:

  • knife

Directions:

  1. Wash the celery and cut it into pieces.  Each piece should be about 5 inches long.
  2. Spread peanut butter in u-shaped part of celery, from one end to the other.
  3. Press raisins gently into peanut butter.
  4. Enjoy your ants on a log!

Healthy Nachos

Make a great taco chip dip by melting a cup of Monterey Jack cheese (or a mixture of whatever cheeses you have on hand) in a Pyrex measuring cup and adding 1/4 cup of store-bought mild salsa.

Fun Mixture

  • Buy pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, granola, nuts, and dried fruits (in bulk, if available).
  • Let the kids combine the ingredients to make their own trail mixes.
  • Variety is important, as it enables the kids to explore different tastes.
  • They can make up several packets to be used over several weeks by wrapping in foil or colored cellophane.
  • Next week they can try each other’s mixes.

Fruit Snacks

  • Spread spicy cheddar cheese mixture on apple slices
  • Banana sandwiches with cream cheese and granola filling

 Cracker Pizzas

  • Top crackers with pizza sauce and cheese and melt under the broiler

Kids’ Choice

  • Take a six-cupcake tin and put a different treat in each cupcake spot.
  • Some choices include:

◘    cheese cubes
◘     vegetables,
◘    cereal,
◘    raisins or fruit,
◘    yogurt,
◘    pretzels,
◘    crackers,
◘    nuts, pieces of bagel etc.

Slushies Aren’t Just for Summer

In a blender, combine half 100 percent fruit juice and half water with unthawed, unsweetened frozen fruit. Pour into fun cups.

Dip Sticks

Take a variety of celery, carrots and cucumbers. Clean vegetables thoroughly. Pour a small amount of light or fat-free salad dressing into an unbreakable container and dip vegetables.

Mud and Crackers

Low-fat graham crackers dipped in chocolate pudding make for a wonderful snack. For added variety, try vanilla or other flavors of pudding.

An Apple a Day…

Serve applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg and two teaspoons of dried fruit.

Rice Cake Stackers

Rice cakes stacked with bananas make great afternoon snacks.

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