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How to Make Healthy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Watch more Healthy Recipes videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/217997-How-to-Make-Healthy-AfterSchool-Snacks-Your-Kids-Will-Eat When it comes to afternoon snacks for your children, tasting good and being healthy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It just takes a little planning. Step 1: Get the kids involved Give your children a list of healthy options. If they insist on an empty calorie treat like potato chips or cookies, see if you can find a recipe for a more nutritious, homemade version – like baking thinly-sliced yams brushed with a little olive oil until they’re crisp, or making cookies out of natural peanut butter. Tip Use applesauce instead of butter in baked goods. Make cookies and muffins with oats, dried fruit, and nuts. Step 2: Plan your shopping Plan your shopping list for a week’s worth of after-school snacks before going to the grocery store. Decide whether you will prepare snacks ahead of time or make them daily. Tip If time is an issue, prepare snacks ahead of time and package them individually for ease of availability. Step 3: Make a dip Make a dip to accompany some of the snacks. For fruit, make a sweet dip with flavored yogurt or apple sauce. For veggies make a low-calorie ranch dip. Grains such as

baked tortilla chips or whole wheat crackers go well with salsa or hummus. Step 4: Plan activities Make snack time interactive. Let the kids construct their own kid-sized pizzas, or pile assorted fruits onto toothpick skewers for a fruit kabob. Tip Use low-fat mozzarella and a whole-grain English muffin or pita for kid-sized pizza. Step 5: Try frozen snacks Freeze bananas and then roll them in low-fat chocolate sauce and nuts. Make your own frozen pops out of pure pureed fruit. Or offer them a handful of frozen grapes. Anything fruity that comes out of the freezer will seem like an ice cream treat. Step 6: Be open to non-traditional snacks Don’t become boxed in by what you feel a ‘snack’ should look like. It can be a petite portion of whatever your child likes to eat. The important thing is that it’s nutritious and not too caloric. Happy noshing! Did You Know? A healthy after-school snack helps active kids with fast metabolism to concentrate better on homework.