Perfecting the after-school snack

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by HylaryL

Now that school is starting up again, it’s time to think about what’s on every student’s mind: what am I going to eat for my after-school snack? Too often it seems that students of all ages turn to unhealthy choices when they get home from school: soda, chips, fries, energy drinks. All of these options are loaded with sugar, fat, sodium and calories, the perfect combination to increase your student’s chance of becoming obese and developing other health problems.

So what do we feed our ravenous children when they get home from school, and how do parents make sure what they’re eating is healthy? The website has several tips about encouraging your student to make a healthy choice after school. Making a list of healthy options for them to choose from and having healthy snacks on-hand and easy for them to grab are definitely things to try. Smart snacking is actually beneficial to your student’s health, so be sure to use the resources available to you so that your child has a healthier future.

In addition to online information, the Santa Clara County Library District also owns many books about snacking to give parents ideas and recipes to improve their student’s afterschool snacks. Check out the list below and get started on the road to a healthy school year!

Big Snacks, Little Meals

Big Snacks, Little Meals (2006)
by Rose Dunnington

In this book, hungry snackers will find foods they can prepare to fill up that after-school empty belly, sate a postgame appetite, and banish movie-watching cravings. And, most important, all these bite-size mini-meals are fun to make, delicious, and (keep it a secret) healthy.

Artful Snacks

Artful Snacks (2012)
by Marilyn LaPenta

Presents simple recipes for making healthy snack foods, with advice on ingredients, equipment, and nutrition.

Salty Snacks

Salty Snacks (2012)
by Cynthia C. Nims

This collection of more than 75 recipes for savory chips, crisps, crackers, pretzels, breads, nuts, and more puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade snacks.

A Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks

A Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks (2011)
by Dana Meachan Rau

Theres an hour to go til mealtime, but your stomach is growling like a wild animal. It cant be ignored. It must be fed. But before you start raiding the refrigerator, clearing out the cupboard, or pilfering the pantry, think about what you're grabbing to eat.  Whether you're on Team Sweet or Team Salty, the Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks will help you whip up something tasty to tame the growling beast. 

The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook