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Quick, Healthy Snack Recipes

Four delicious, easy ideas for an after-school bite!

Jackie Weyerhaeuser, Maddie Pekarek, and Payton Crosby, Contributing Writers

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Going to Starbucks or other food places can be expensive when you go on a daily basis. These are a few cheaper (and quick) alternatives to snacks you could buy that you can make at home!

The avocado toast is a great choice for a quick, healthy and tasty breakfast that will give you plenty of energy for the day to come! The raspberry toast is a sweet and creamy alternative that is just as delicious!

Avocado with egg:

Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of bread
  • Avocado
  • Egg

Directions:

Lightly toast the bread. Take a slice of avocado and spread it over the bread with a knife. Make an over easy egg and add it on top.

Goat cheese and raspberry:

Time: 3-5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of bread
  • Goat cheese of your choosing
  • 4-6 raspberries

Directions:

Lightly toast the bread so that it is golden brown. Spread the goat cheese on top of the toasted bread. Add raspberries on top and smoosh them so they are essentially flat.

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If you like peanut butter, you are going to love these! Make these as a healthy snack for before practice or just for after school.

Power bites

Time: 3-5 minutes prep time, 20 minutes to chill

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup of peanut butter
  • ½ cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (or granola)
  • ½ cup of flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp of honey

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Form the mixture into ping pong sized balls. Chill the protein balls for 15-20 minutes

Tip: Prepare these the night before you want to eat them so that they can chill overnight and be perfect the next day.

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This mac and cheese is just as delicious as it looks! It’s rich and cheesy and the perfect after-school snack on a snowy afternoon.

Mac and cheese:

Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup of dry macaroni noodles
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • ¾ cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Put the dry noodles into a mug with ½ cup of water. Put it in the microwave on high for approximately 5 minutes (stir after each one minute interval). Add in 2 tbsp milk and ¾ cup of shredded cheddar cheese when noodles are cooked and mix together. If necessary, microwave for 30 more seconds to melt the cheese.

Tip: Add a ½-1 tablespoons of butter, salt, and a variety of cheeses to give it extra flavor if you want!

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Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together? These banana pops are a refreshing treat that can be a delicious dessert or a perfect after school snack.

Frozen banana pops:

Time: 5 minutes cook time, 3.5 hours time to chill the bananas

Ingredients/tools:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup melted chocolate
  • Skewers

For 2 banana pops:

Cut a banana in half and place on a skewer. Put in the freezer for approximately 2-3 hours. Put 1 cup of peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds or until melted.

Dip the bananas into the melted peanut butter and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden. Next, melt the chocolate and dip the frozen banana with the peanut butter into it. Freeze for 15 more minutes.

Enjoy!

Tip: Make these the night before you plan on eating and freeze them overnight so that you can have them right away the next day and they are completely frozen.

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