3 Healthy Afterschool Snacks Your Kids Will Love
Kids seem to have boundless energy - and with that comes limitless appetites! That's why it's important that they refuel and recharge after a long day at school with a healthy, filling snack to hold them over until dinnertime. And with all the activities kids are involved in these days, from sports practices to band rehearsal, they need the right food to keep them going.
Making tasty and nutritious afterschool treats your kids will crave is easy with the Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper. Instead of processed foods, you can make healthy snacks for your kids in no time.
Here are three recipes for healthy afterschool snacks your kids will love:
1. Creamy Peanut Butter Smoothie
This smoothie tastes like an indulgent dessert, but it's actually a protein-rich snack that delivers the nutrients growing kids need. Chia seeds deliver important omega-3 fatty acids, while smooth peanut butter, fresh fruit and healthy almond milk combine for an afterschool snack your kids will be craving all day long! Best of all, you can prepare it in just minutes with the Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper. It's a filling snack that can be enjoyed before baseball practice or right before the kids sit down to do their homework.
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
- 2 bananas
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Add all ingredients to your Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper and select the Fruit Smoothie setting to blend.
2. Red Pepper Hummus
Hummus is a great afterschool snack because it is light and healthy while still satisfying hunger, and is much better for you than creamy chip dips that contain a high level of fat. This recipe incorporates roasted red peppers to jazz up basic hummus and add extra nutrients. It's easy to make a large batch of hummus in your Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper to last all week. Just blend the ingredients, store in the fridge and serve with pita chips for a go-to afterschool snack that's much better than store-bought varieties.
- 16 ounces chickpeas, drained
- 8 ounces roasted red peppers, drained
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients using the Food Chopper attachment of your Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper. Serve immediately with pita chips or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.
3. Sweet Coconut Granola Bars
These granola bars taste like candy bars, but in fact they are full of fiber and other important nutrients, making them a great choice for an afterschool snack for your kids. Packaged granola bars are often made with artificial ingredients and lots of sugar, so instead make your own using your Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup no-sugar-added shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
Combine all ingredients using the Food Chopper attachment of your Oster® Precise Blend™ 300 Blender PLUS Food Chopper. Form into 2-inch bars, then bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.