Five after-school snack ideas

When the kids get home from school starving, it's a good time to slip something healthy on their plate. We've got five great ideas including muffins, a smoothie, snack balls, fruit dip and quesadillas...

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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5 healthy after-school cheesy muffin
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • salt
  • 1 cup grated low-fat tasty cheese
  • 4 slice low-fat ham, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, grated and squeezed of excess moisture
  • 2 tablespoon chopped garlic chives
  • 3/4 cup milk
Fruit smoothie
  • your favourite fruit
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoon oat bran
  • 500 millilitre milk
Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls
  • Dates
  • cashews
  • cherries
  • coconut
  • fillings of your choice
  • 2 burritos/tortillas
Fruit dippers
  • selection of fresh fruit
  • low-fat yoghurt


After-school snack ideas
  • 1
    To make healthy after-school cheesy muffins, preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced) and grease a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin tin with cooking spray. Sift flour and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add cheese, ham, zucchini and chives and mix well. Pour in milk and fold into mixture until just mixed through. Spoon into muffin tin until it is 3/4 full. Bake 12-15 minutes or until top springs back and muffins are golden. Cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 2
    To make fruit smoothie, combine your favourite fruit, such as banana, mango or 150g frozen or fresh raspberries, with 2 tablespoons of honey in a blender or food processor. Pour in 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and 2 tablespoons oat bran and 500ml milk (low-fat if you wish). Process until smooth and serve cold in tall glasses. This will be enough to serve 2-3 hungry kids, but it won't spoil their appetites.
  • 3
    For a super convenient after-school snack, try these bite-size balls sweetened only with dates and with no added sugar. There are three flavours Brazen Berry, Mocha Macchiato and Orange Zinger, each with a 4-star health rating. Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls are a deliciously nutritious snack that create a whole new ball game in the world of healthy snacking.
  • 4
    To make quesadillas, place a variety of fillings between two burrito or tortillas. Toast in a sandwich press until heated. Serve immediately; cut into four. Serving ideas: Ham, cheese, canned corn and chopped green onion; baked beans and grated cheese; tomato paste, chopped ham, cheese and canned pineapple; leftover shredded bbq chicken, cheese and chopped lettuce; 2 tablespoons guacamole, 1/4 cup grated cheese and 1 chopped tomato.
  • 5
    To make fruit dippers with yoghurt sauce, cut up a selection of fresh fruit of choice, such as apple, orange wedges, bananas and clusters of grapes. Serve with a tub of your favourite low-fat flavoured yoghurt.