We put together a list of eight popular after-school snacks and given you healthy alternatives that will still satisfy your child's cravings.
Oatmeal for Chocolate Chip Cookies1 of 9
There's almost nothing as exciting for kids as the cookie aisle, and chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite. Instead of buying packs of cookies, try baking your own. A healthy oatmeal cookie is a great swap for chocolate chip. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which will keep your kids filling full. This recipe uses cinnamon and raisins for a healthy sweet touch.
Zucchini Chips for Potato Chips2 of 9
Store-bought potato chips are loaded with salt. There are countless fruits and veggies you can bake into chips for a tasty after-school snack, but this zucchini chip recipe is healthy and will satisfy your child's salt craving. Zucchinis are low in calories, about 17 calories per 100 grams, and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol compared to a single bag of potato chips, which typically has 150 calories and 10 grams of fat.
Quinoa Pizza Bites for Pizza Rolls3 of 9
You can find pizza rolls in the freezers of parents around the country, but it's not the healthiest option. We know it sounds crazy, but quinoa pizza bites give your child the saucy, cheesy goodness of pizza without all the added fat and carbs. Instead of enriched white flour, these bites get their crust from quinoa, a superfood packed with protein, magnesium and fiber.
Carrots and Hummus for Cheese Dips & Sticks4 of 9
Like pizza rolls, these cheesy dippers are a staple in many homes. Instead of the popular cheese dip with little, crunchy breadsticks, carrots and hummus are a better choice. Hummus, a spread made from chickpeas and tahini, is loaded with protein, Folate, Iron and Vitamin B. Your kids can still get the satisfaction of dipping their food with an extra serving of veggies.
Fruit Smoothie for a Milkshake5 of 9
For some kids, a sweet drink makes the ultimate after-school snack, but milkshakes typically have ice cream, whole fat milk and a lot of sugar. By giving your child a fruit smoothie instead, you can fill them up with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Substitute whole milk with almond milk or Greek yogurt for added protein in your smoothie. The endless varieties of fruit combinations make this a great go-to snack your child won't get tired of.
Apple Cookies for Apple Dippers6 of 9
We know you've probably picked up a pack or two of apple dippers in the produce section, and we understand it's all about convenience. But do you honestly know what's in that side of caramel dip? Apple cookies are sweet and scrumptious, and you can top them with everything from coconut flakes to walnuts. It's a treat your kids will love, and you'll feel well about it.
Ants on a Log for Peanut Butter Crackers7 of 9
Creamy peanut butter squeezed between two salty crackers, yeah we know your kids love it, but it's not all that healthy. To get the same crunchy, creamy combo, try ants on a log instead. Spread almond butter on pieces of celery, and then top with raisins for a sweet touch. Celery contains many vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and calcium plus the almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter.
Yogurt Parfait for Chocolate Pudding8 of 9
Looking for something to satisfy your child's craving for silky sweet chocolate pudding? Look no further than the layered deliciousness of a yogurt parfait. Greek yogurt topped with strawberries and granola make for added texture. Like pudding cups, you can make these ahead and store them in the fridge.