It’s quickly becoming the time of year when routines are being set back into place, school schedules are getting organized and after school (or workout) snacks are becoming necessary to fuel young bodies until suppertime. To get the school year off to a healthy start, we’ve put together five great after school snacks that are also great fuel after workouts and are easy-to-prep ahead of time.
Hummus and Vegetables
Makes 4 jars
Delicious hummus with crunchy vegetables makes a great snack combination. The protein in the hummus helps fulfill your hunger while the crunch of the vegetables satisfies. This is an easy combination that will ensure good snacking when made ahead.
- 4- individual serving containers of hummus
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 cup celery sticks, chopped
- Place carrots and celery into jars.
- Add hummus containers to top of jar and screw on jar lid.
This super easy snack is more appealing than a bowl of fruit because basically food on sticks always takes better. For young children, use a straw to prevent any accidents with sharp skewers.
- 2 cups of various fruits/berries
- Skewer sticks or straws
- Place fruit on skewers and serve
Frozen Yogurt Fruit Popsicles
Makes: 6 Popsicles
Popsicles can sure hit the spot but who needs all that extra sugar. Make your own to limit the excess sugar and make some wonderful flavor combinations for a real treat! Plus the yogurt adds a hit of protein for a real hunger killer.
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used mangos and raspberries)
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- Whip the honey and greek yogurt together in a small bowl.
- Using popsicle molds, place a spoonful of fruit into the bottom.
- Spoon the honey/yogurt mixture over the fruit and alternate with more frozen fruit for a nice swirled effect.
- Insert the sticks and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.
Make Your Own Trail Mix
Makes 6 cups
Trail Mix is an easy snack for on-the-go and making your own means you can have exactly what you want in it. This is a favorite recipe that satisfies the salty and sweet taste buds but experiment to come up with your favorite combination.
- 1 cup pretzel sticks
- 2 cups nuts of your choice
- 1/2 cup M&Ms
- 2 cups dried fruit of your choice
- 1/2 cup yogurt raisins
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
- Place into mason jars/zip lock bags and store for up to a month in a cool, dark place. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Makes: 30 balls
These healthy-ish treats take little time to prep and can last awhile in the freezer. They taste so good that they are sure to disappear though. Feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter or even sun butter for a delightful flavor.
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- melted chocolate
- Place rolled oats in a food processor and process until the oats are smooth and have become oat flour (On high for about one minute).
- Add the remaining ingredients except the salt and chocolate and process on high until everything comes together.
- Use a cookie dough scooper to scoop out bought and roll between your hands to form energy balls.
- Drizzle or dip with melted chocolate and sprinkle with Himalayan salt.
- Place in the freezer for about an hour before enjoying. Keep in the freezer for storage.