Shake up Snack Time

Try easy and healthy after-school treats that will keep everyone satisfied at snack time

Go for a dip: Mix 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to make a tasty dip for cut-up fruit.

Veg out: Instead of corn or potato chips, crunch on baked vegetable chips instead. Flat Earth makes a variety of flavors, with both fruits and veggies.

Blaze a trail: Combine unsalted mixed nuts, raisins or dried cranberries, mini pretzels and sunflower seeds to make your own trail mix. Allergic to nuts? Swap in multigrain Cheerios instead.

Get corny: Air-pop popcorn and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and 1/2 tsp. dried oregano to turn it into a pizza-inspired treat.

Have a fiesta: Try baked tortilla chips instead of fried, and serve with tomato salsa or reduced-fat refried beans dip.
Make fun freezer treats: Fill paper cups with your favorite yogurt, cover the tops with aluminum foil and poke a whole in the center of each. Insert a wooden popsicle stick and freeze to make your own yogurt pops.

Dry off: You can find many different kinds of dried fruits at most grocery stores these days instead of the usual bananas and apricots. For a kick, try dried mango that's been sprinkled with a bit of lime juice and dusted with chili powder.

SNACK EXTRA: Practice healthy portions

Choose pre-portioned treats to take the guess work out of snack time. Healthy Handfuls come in a few sizes so you can choose which one is right for your family.