Ideas for Quick and Healthy After-School Snacks

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Pita with hummus

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Kids love dipping food into things. Whole-grain pita bread with hummus is delicious and nutritious, and a common favorite snack among kids. You can also serve veggies alongside it for more color and nutrients!

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Whole grain English muffin pizzas

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Whole grain English muffins are the perfect fast and easy snack for after school. Just spread about a little pasta sauce on an English muffin and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Then pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes and voila! Healthy and delicious mini pizzas.

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Celery with nut butter

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With celery and a nut butter such as peanut or almond, you have a winning combination of protein and vegetable that is great for kids. You can also add some dried cranberries or cherries on top for a bit of sweetness that kids are sure to love.

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Edamame

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These beautiful and nutritious soybeans come in their own fun-to-open package. Available in many supermarkets and health-food stores, these beans, which usually come frozen, can be steamed or boiled in minutes for a fast, healthy, and easy snack. Kids will love shelling the beans and eating them while they do their homework after school.

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Vegetables with dip

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Crunchy and colorful vegetables and dip are a fun way to get kids to eat some servings of vegetables. To make it even healthier, try pairing the veggies with hummus or a low-fat ranch dressing mixed with low-fat yogurt.

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Whole-grain crackers and cheese

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A few whole-grain crackers, some kid-favorite cheese such as string cheese or low-fat cheddar, and some fruit are a perfect combination of proteins and complex carbs to tide your child over until dinnertime.

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Bagels and cream cheese

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A whole-grain mini bagel with reduced-fat cream cheese is a terrific easy and fast after-school snack. If you can't find mini-bagels, give your child a half of a bagel.

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Apple slices with peanut butter

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Apple slices with a nut butter such as peanut butter or almond butter are delicious and packed with protein, fiber, and other important nutrients. They are the perfect snack for feeding your child's mind and body after school.

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Whole-grain mini muffins

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Mini muffins made from whole-grain flour are the perfect after-school snack. You can boost their nutritious value by adding nuts and dried fruits. The best part: Busy parents can make a batch on the weekends and then freeze them for weekday snacking.

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Yogurt with berries

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Greek yogurt, which has more protein than regular yogurt, is a super snack for kids. Serve it with some fruit for extra nutrients and sweetness.

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Cheese quesadilla

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Without a doubt, cheese quesadillas are one of the most requested favorite snacks among kids. It's fast and easy to make -- all you have to do is microwave some shredded cheddar or other favorite cheese in a flour tortilla shell for a minute or two and presto! An instant after-school snack kids love. To make it even more healthy, use low-fat cheese and whole-grain tortillas, and serve with salsa on the siade.

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Boiled egg

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Packed with protein, boiled eggs are a terrific quick and easy after-school snack for kids. Paired with a piece of whole-grain toast and jam, a boiled egg is a perfect snack for a hungry kid!

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Papaya

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Looking for a snack that's slightly off the beaten path? Try some papaya chunks sprinkled with lime juice and nuts for an antioxidant-packed treat for kids.

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Smoothies

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Smoothies are the perfect snack for kids who don't like to eat their fruit and veggies. They can be made with endless combinations -- frozen fruit such as bananas and berries, yogurt, and even some chia seeds or flax seeds and spinach or kale thrown into the mix. Nutrition in disguise.

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Oatmeal

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Oatmeal isn't just for breakfast -- it can be perfect for snack time as well. Sprinkle some fruit on top for some extra sweetness and nutrition.

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