Back to School: (Healthy) Snack Time

28 Aug

Fill the long gap between lunch and dinner with these well rounded, tasty after-school snacks that will give kids all the energy they need for playing, studying, chores, and more!

Hummus With Pita Chips and Veggies

Store-bought hummus is a great option for a quick healthy snack. Serve it with pita chips (Stacy’s brand is my pick) or veggies (baby carrots, sliced cucumber, and snap peas work well) for protein and flavor without a ton of fat.

Peanut Butter and Greek Yogurt Dip w/ Apples

Peanut-Butter-Yogurt-DipWho doesn’t love apples and peanut butter? Unfortunately, peanut butter, while high in protein, is also very fat and calorie-dense. Keep the protein – and the flavor – with this simple dip. Mix a small container (5 or 6 ounces) of vanilla Greek yogurt (Greek yogurt is thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt) with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Serve with apple slices (makes two servings).

Baked Corn Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Baked-Tortilla-ChipsLove tortilla chips but hate fried stuff? I came up with these chips when I was looking for a way around deep-fried, pre-packaged snacks, and found that I love them even more than the bagged variety!

To make them: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush corn tortillas on both sides with vegetable oil using a silicone pastry brush and sprinkle lightly with salt (optional, but highly recommended). Cut the tortillas into 6 or 8 wedges and arrange in one layer on a cookie sheet. Bake the tortillas wedges for 3-4 minutes, turn, and bake for about 2 minutes more. Watch them closely so they don’t get too brown. Serve right away or let them cool and store in a Ziploc bag for up to a week. Serve with your favorite jarred salsa, or make your own!

Mini Corndog Muffins

PHOTO CREDIT: Iowa Girl Eats (iowagirleats.com)

I found these delightful little treats at the site Iowa Girl Eats while searching for Super bowl snacks back in January. Let me tell you, these are even better than they look! The original recipe (view it here) calls for cornbread batter made from scratch, but I made a shortcut version using Jiffy mix! Simply prepare the cornbread mix according to the package directions and fill a mini muffin tin about half full. Cut your cooked hot dogs (Vegetarian? Use meatless dogs!) into 1-inch pieces and press a piece into each cup. Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes. Serve. Receive compliments. Feign modesty. Enjoy with healthy ketchup.

Check out part 1 of my ‘Back to School’ series here, and tune in for part 3 tomorrow!

2 Responses to “Back to School: (Healthy) Snack Time”

  1. recipeshappen August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    That apple dip looks great! If I like peanut butter and Greek yogurt in a smoothie, why not as a dip? Awesome idea!!

    Bonnie
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    • Katie August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Thanks! The Greek yogurt makes it super thick and velvety. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

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