Friday, October 14, 2011

After School Snack Ideas

We all come home from school usually hungry and wanting to just relax. But the reality of this situation is that we have to quickly get down to our homework to get it finished before hanging out with friends or heading off to soccer practice. Here's a list of snack ideas that will give you enough energy to do your best job on your homework, but are still quick and easy to prepare.

1. Granola Bar
You see this suggestion everywhere. A Granola Bar can give you the energy and nutrients you need. The problem with these is that most kids think they are gross! They really aren't. They may not taste fantastic, but if you scarf it down quick it can help you breeze through your homework to get on to your next thing. Check the grocery store, or do a quick recipe search, to find your new favorite. Read the label, too.

2. Cheese and Crackers
Vary it up! Instead of your traditional American cheese slices over saltines, try using a curry and apricot cream cheese spread. Just mix some dried apricot and curry into cream cheese! It's actually delicious, and its quick and easy to make. Most coffeehouses have some sort of variation of this. 

3. Pita Chips and Guacamole or Salsa.
I can't express how delicious these snacks are! It's so good! Just try to get all natural without preservatives, or else you lose that delicious, crunchy pita taste. Stacy's is a great company, AND they're available in many vending machines. Make your own guacamole too!
4. Carrots and Ranch Dressing
So good, and so healthy!! You can also use tomatoes, broccoli, and other vegetables. 

5. Smoothies
These are so delicious, and can be as healthy as you'd like. Take a blender, and add some fruit, some liquid, and some yogurt if you want. You can use frozen pineapple, fresh strawberries, and some orange juice, for example. Adding banana increases the thickness of it, and adding yogurt will make it creamier. Just experiment!

6. Dried fruit and Nuts
Fairly simple- mix what you like together, and eat it!

7. Seventeen's Ideas
We've mentioned this once before, but it's a good one. Check out their ideas! We love how they arrange the snacks in a visually appealing way and include snacks that are sweet, salty, crunchy, at-home snacks, portable snacks, and dippables. The below screenshot is from their website.

All of these snacks are healthy. A general guideline for making a school snack is trying to cover more than two food groups. Be smart, though (Oreo cookies and milk maybe delicious, and cover two food groups, but truthfully, that ISN'T a good snack)
Two Teen Chefs

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