Healthy Snacks for Teens: After School Edition
Having a variety of after school snacks on hand is important to stay engaged in healthy eating. The same snacks over and over can get dull, and can leave something (usually a red food!) to be desired. Stocking the house with diverse healthy options keeps snacking fun without having to incorporate nutritionally-dense red lights. Also, you will be able to energize more effectively for your afternoon activities! These recipes have all sorts of variations as well, so get creative with your options to keep snacks interesting.
The following 7 recipes are easy, healthy snacks for teens packed with calcium, omega 3’s, protein, antioxidants, and B vitamins.
Low Fat Cheese and Fruit
Pair a low-fat mozzarella string cheese with fruits of your choice: this will provide vitamins and fiber all at once. For a post-workout fix, try to integrate a banana as a snack to get a kick of potassium. A combination of protein and carbohydrates create a strong source of sustainable energy.
Chopped Veggies and Hummus
Try out the Kurbo Hummus recipe and pair it with your favorite veggies! Some of green light hummus dippers are carrots, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, and mushrooms. The chickpea spread is full of protein and B vitamins and the veggies carry their own wealth of vitamins and health benefits. If you’re not fans of hummus, greek yogurt dip is another great source of protein to try with veggies.
Can of Tuna
Don’t fear the fish! Sardines, mackerel, and salmon or albacore tuna canned in water offer a great source of healthy fats, Omega 3’s, and tons of bone-building calcium. To offer some extra flavor and creaminess, add veggies, herbs, and nonfat Greek yogurt!
Yogurt with Fruit
A sweet, fruity addition to a nonfat Greek yogurt encourages smooth digestion and gut health with probiotics while providing a satisfying, sweet snack. We love raspberries for the beautiful color they add and the great taste.
Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread and spruce it up with ⅕ of avocado on top. This will add a lot of healthy fats and nutrients to satisfy your hunger. For an extra kick, drizzle on hot sauce, slice mango or veggies or swap out your toast for English muffins, whole grain toast, or rice cakes. Add a hard-boiled egg for protein. Or, try nut butter or hummus instead of avocado for a more nutty taste. The possibilities are endless!
Grapes, berries, and bananas all freeze well and give you an easy snack, perfect for a hot summer day! The cold bite will slow your eating and encourage mindful snacking. Also, your stomach will feel more full with the slower consumption.
Hard-Boiled Egg and Edamame
The richness of protein in egg makes it a filling snack. A delicious veggie pairing is edamame, also a powerful source of protein and calcium for bone health. Other fun alternatives to edamame include fruit, a low-fat cheese stick, or nutty options– like almonds or pistachios.