Start the school year right with these healthy, after-school snack ideas and get an “A” for these amazingly fun and easy-to-make treats — thanks to HealthNet’s Health Promotions staff:
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Fruit with low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese
- Banana or grapes with low-fat or fat-free milk
- Smoothie with yogurt, fruit and ice cubes
- Dried fruits like raisins
- Applesauce or fruit cup
- 1 cup of vegetable or bean soup
- 1 cup of hot cereal – like oatmeal
- Small baked potato with salsa
- Hard-boiled eggs with whole grain crackers
- Nuts mixed with dried fruits
- Whole grain crackers with string cheese
- Chopped raw vegetables with low-fat dip
- Celery with peanut butter
- Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk
- Whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese or peanut butter
When should you grab a snack?
Snacking is good for everybody. Your body needs to refuel every 3-4 hours. Eat shortly after you wake up and between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avoid late-night snacking.
The BEST thing about snacking!
When you pick low-fat, low-calorie options, you’ll boost energy and metabolism though out your entire day!
Here’s more food for thought.
For children living in poverty, we believe health should be a bridge, not a barrier to learning. HealthNet School-Based Services served more than 3,000 students last year with health care and health education services at eight public and charter schools throughout Marion County. With your help, we can do even more this coming school year to keep kids healthy!
What are your kids looking forward to this school year?