It’s time to break away from the same old traditional recipes and try out something different. When kids return from school, their tummies are growling with hunger. This is the time when they can binge on unhealthy and untimely snacks, and calorie-laden and sugary foods. We have put together a list of some healthy and easy after school snack recipes, quite different from the run-of-the-mill recipes that are high in nutritional value and easy to make. Since children get bored of the same old traditional snacks, it is great to offer them these fast and simple food preparations after school, and help them enjoy a ‘nutritious’ snack. Enjoy these recipes with a twist and make the most of your time with your children!
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5 Healthy And Easy After School Snack Recipes For Children
Fresh Corn Cakes With Summer Salsa

Corn, an eternal favorite for children of all ages, is a certain must-have ingredient in your breakfast or lunch concoctions, especially during the summers. The fresh corn cakes are as much a treat for the stomach as they are for the eyes! The salsa that goes with these yummy and different-shaped patties is made of squash, green onions, basil, vinegar, tomatoes, pepper and salt. With all the best and peak-season produce in the recipe, this is a surely one of the simplest and easiest summer recipes that you can put together for your children during the summers!

Ingredients Required For Fresh Corn Cakes With Summer Salsa:

  • Whole-wheat flour – 3/4 cup
  • Plain yellow cornmeal – 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, divided – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Light sour cream – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 2 large
  • Olive oil, divided – 2 tablespoons
  • Fresh corn kernels – 1 1/4 cups
  • Minced jalapeño- 2 tablespoons
  • Diced yellow squash – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped green onions – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped fresh basil – 1/4 cup
  • Vinegar – 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Chopped tomato – 1 medium

Method:

  • Mix together all the dry ingredients namely flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl
  • Combine sour cream, eggs, and a teaspoon of olive oil in a bowl
  • Add the sour cream mixture, jalapeno and corn to the flour mixture
  • Mix everything together and divide and shape the mixture into equal parts and make patties out of it
  • Heat oil in a pan and cook the patties on each side
  • For the salsa combine together green onions, basil, tomato, squash, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well
  • Plate the corn cakes on a plate and top it with summer salsa and serve it to your kids

corn cakes

Baked Mozzarella Bites

Children easily get bored of the same food items. However, offer these very food items with a twist, or cook them with a twist to bring out a special flavor in them, and children are ecstatic about these very servings! One such food is fried cheesesticks. Healthy and easy-to-make, quick after-school alternatives to fried cheesesticks are the baked mozzarella bites. This recipe takes only about 15-20 minutes to cook. The baked mozzarella bites go best with a low sodium marinara sauce.

Ingredients Required For Baked Mozzarella Bites:

  • Crushed cornflakes – 1/3 cup
  • Low fat mozzarella string cheese – 3 sticks
  • Egg white from 1 egg
  • Cooking spray
  • Pasta ( marinara ) sauce – 1/4 cup

Method:

  • Dry roast the cornflakes and crush them nicely.
  • Cut the mozzarella cheese sticks into 1 inch pieces, dip each piece in egg white and coat it crushed cornflakes
  • Preheat the oven to 220 degree Celsius
  • Place each mozzarella stick on a baking tray which has been coated with cooking spray
  • Bake for 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted and softened
  • Plate the mozzarella cheese on a platter and serve it hot with pasta sauce which has also been heated in a microwave for 30 seconds

mozarella sticks

Baked Pineapple Sundaes

A soulful sundae is a great way to serve healthy food to your children!

Ingredients Required For Baked Pineapple Sundaes:

  • Brown sugar – 3 tablespoons
  • Fresh orange juice – 3 tablespoons
  • Honey – 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Roughly chopped fresh pineapple – 2 cups
  • Almonds and walnuts, coarsely chopped – 1/4 cup
  • Plain Greek yogurt – 2 cups

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Celsius
  • Whisk together brown sugar, orange juice, honey, cinnamon, ginger
  • Add pineapple to the mixture
  • Spread this pineapple mixture on a baking sheet and it for 30 minutes
  • Dry roast the nuts in a pan
  • Place some Greek yogurt in a bowl, top it with some nuts and pineapple mixture and serve it to your kids on a hot afternoon

pineapple sundae

Summer Vegetable Tortillas

Tortillas can be served with a number and variety of fillings, and savored with some equally delicious sides. Summer vegetable tortillas, as the name suggests, is a tasty, easy and healthy weeknight dinner. A crème sauce with chives can be spread over the crepe roll to add to its flavor and make it more succulent. A bite of this goodness made of herbs, cereal and home-made creamy sauces is mouth-watering!

Ingredients Required For Summer Vegetable Tortillas:

  • Reduced-fat sour cream – 1/3 cup
  • Chopped fresh chives, divided, plus more for garnish – 1/2 cup
  • Low-fat milk – 3 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, divided – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped zucchini – 2 cups
  • Chopped green beans – 1-1/4 cups
  • Fresh corn kernels – 1 cup
  • Skimmed ricotta cheese – 1 cup
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese – 1/2 cup
  • Freshly ground pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
  • 9-inch “ready-to-use” tortillas – 4

Method:

  • Combine sour cream, milk, ¼ cup chives, lemon juice and salt in a bowl
  • Heat some oil in a pan, add zucchini, green beans and corn and cook till they start turning brown
  • Reduce the heat and add ricotta and monetary jack cheese along with the remaining chives
  • Add salt and pepper and mix till the cheese starts to melt
  • Place a tortilla on a plate, add the vegetable – cheese on the center and roll and the crepes are ready to serve
  • You can top these tortillas with 2 teaspoons of crème chives sauce

tortilla

Banana-Bran Muffins With Chocolate Chips And Walnuts

A full day’s worth of activities must surely drain your child out. Introduce their favorite muffins, with a fiber-rich twist, by placing before them these amazing banana-bran muffins and savor the moment as you see them ask for more! With all the bananas left out on the breakfast table at the end of the week, this recipe tells you just what you need to do! Cook up this tasty storm this summer!

Ingredients Required For Chocolate Chips And Walnuts:

  • Eggs – 2
  • Light brown sugar – 2/3 cup
  • Mashed ripe bananas – 1 cup
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup
  • Wheat bran – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract- 1 teaspoon
  • Whole-wheat flour – 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour – 3/4 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chocolate chips – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped walnuts – 1/3 cup

Method:

  • In a bowl mix together the eggs and brown sugar till you get a smooth mixture
  • To this mixture add mashed bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, all-purpose flour, salt, oil and vanilla extract. Combine together the dry ingredients with wet ingredients
  • If you like you can now add chocolate chips to this mixture
  • Put the prepared batter into the muffin pan
  • Top them with walnuts
  • Bake the muffins for around 15-25 minutes or till are golden brown on the top
  • Cool them and serve it to your kids

muffins
While we have mentioned complete recipes for these five tasty and different food items, there are several more simple and easy-to-make recipes that you could take your pick from. One of these is a delicious overnight oatmeal cooked in a slow cooker, replete with the goodness of finely chopped vegetables, and dry fruits and nuts. A creamy consistency helps you enjoy this meal even further.

Tortilla pizzas are also simple to cook, given that corn or flour tortillas are readily available in the market these days. The wet sides of a few tortillas pressed together will give you a thick crust of a pizza, which can be loaded with heat refried beans, onions, chili peppers. A nice topping of shredded cheese accentuates that taste of this easy pizza substitute even further.

You can also whip up a lighter version of the favorite mac and cheese by using fat-free milk and low-fat cheddar cheese that is finely shredded to make it healthy!

You can also use your imagination and make your daily after school snack a little tastier, little healthier and feather light on the stomach. Have a tasty, healthy and fun-filled time!