Healthy After-School Snacks for Every Craving

by Rachael Birri

  • Pretzels with hummus are a great way to satisfy a salty, after-school craving without sacrificing too-many calories. Snack Factory’s Mini Crisps (available in a variety of flavors and including a gluten-free option) are the perfect low-calorie hummus transportation devices.
  • Substitute a bag of potato chips for Harvest Snaps’ Snapea Crisps which contain only 110 calories per serving (and are shaped like snap peas for a fun bonus).
  • Casey Murphy, Bellbrook’s newest homecoming queen, says one of her favorite after-school snacks is a twist on PB+J where you stick a pretzel in a grape and dip the whole thing in peanut butter–a bite-sized throwback to elementary school.
  • Apples dipped in peanut butter and sprinkled with granola are a fiber-packed option and a perfect combo of sweet and salty.
  • Make your own tribute to Lunchables by layering salami and a thin slice of cheddar cheese atop a whole wheat cracker as a savory treat.
  • Don’t deny the refreshing power of a handful of crisp vegetables or juicy fruits: a bowl of strawberries, celery sticks, green and red pepper slices, baby carrots, blueberries, and orange slices to name a few.
  • For another alternative to potato chips, try a sweeter, homemade sweet potato chip. Thinly slice sweet potatoes, toss in a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and other desired spices, then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, flip, and bake another 10 minutes. Add some cumin or chili pepper for a little kick.