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    After school snacks for teens.

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    Can you please advise me what is suitable easy to grab after school snacks for my two teenage children. They would eat about 3:30pm

    They are typically very hungry and don't eat that much at school….It is hot here in Brisbane and school lunches never end up looking like they do in magazines!

    Both of them are average weight, and are conscious they want to be healthy.

    We have dinner around 5:30pm.
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  • Rochelle @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Fruit always a good one and very healthy. When I have time I prepare in containers (one per child)  cut up strawberries and/or melon to take for the afternoon pick up. It is refreshing and healthy. The other thing my kids love which i know most other kids dont is cut up vegies -carrot, red capsicum & cucumber sticks. Prepare it the night before as you would the lunches and you can grab a snap lock bag and fill it up with vege sticks. The other snack that is great and healthy is nuts (so long as there are no allergies).

  • Heather Smith

    HealthShare Member


    They would typically want a lot more food than a container of fruit.

    They will eat an apple and a carrot - but would want more food - saying they are still hungry


  • Emma Stirling

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Dietitian Emma Stirling APD is a blogger and nutrition consultant with a busy Melbourne based consultancy called Scoop Nutrition, servicing the food, health, hospitality … View Profile

    It sounds like your kids are truly hungry afterschool Heather and need to refuel.  It's wise to be cautious of mindless munchies and set a designated snack time when they get home.  We say “kitchen closed” in our house, so they have time to build a good appetite for a healthy evening meal. Top snack choices include dairy foods as it's common for teens to skip out on calcium - try and slip in a dairy serve with a fruit smoothie with yogurt and reduced fat milk, cream cheese and wholegrain crackers or yogurt topped with muesli or crushed pistachio nuts.  If they want something munchie, airpopped pocorn flavoured with a little maple syrup or Mexican spice can do the trick.  Popcorn is high in fibre and a wholegrain.  If you have travel time involved, it's a great idea of Rochelle's to give them something healthy for the trip.  My son always eats his fruit on the way home and then I know his hunger is quashed before I let them have treat time!

  • Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Fruit is a great choice. Many children enjoy a sandwich or melted cheese with tomato on toast.  Dried fruit and nuts.  I often give my children sushi.  In the cold weather soup is great, or even a corn on the cob.  You have to keep it small as you are having an early dinner.

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    I can definately relate to this as I am one of 6 children in my family with 2 younger twin brothers. After school my brothers and I were always ravenous. I found that healthy snacks such as fruit, dairy products (milk smoothies, yoghurt), a wholegrain sandwich or even some low sugar breakfast cereal (we always used to tuck into a bowl of weet-bix) are some good healthy ideas for after school snacks. The other suggestions my colleagues have mentioned are also good choices.


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