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Annie O'Brien, health and wellness editor

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I get it. You’re always hungry. You don’t eat breakfast and then you forget your lunch and get stuck eating cafeteria food. By the time you get home from school you’re exhausted and starving. You could munch on some candy bars or load up on potato chips but you know you’re still going to be hungry five minutes later. So, here are some easy, healthy snacks you can make after a long school day.

all photos by Kelley Cochran

Peanut Butter Snack Dip

INGREDIENTS

1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 teaspoons honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine Greek yogurt, peanut butter and honey.
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Serve with apples, graham crackers or pretzels.

 

Ricotta and Strawberry Bagel

INGREDIENTS

1 whole grain bagel

2 tablespoons ricotta cheese

⅓ cup sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spread ricotta on bagel.
  2. Top with strawberries and drizzle with honey.

 

Pizza Crackers

INGREDIENTS

10 Ritz crackers

10 teaspoons pizza sauce

10 thin slices of pizza pepperoni (optional)

1/2 cup shredded cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place crackers on a plate.
  2. Top each cracker with a piece of pepperoni and spread with about 1 tsp sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute.

 

Strawberry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 cup milk

Ice cubes

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend and add ice cubes until smoothie reaches desired consistency.

*Note: If you are using frozen fruit you will not need ice cubes. If you are using fresh fruit, expect to use about ½ cup of ice.


 

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

INGREDIENTS

⅓ cup popcorn kernels

1 teaspoon cinnamon or 2 teaspoons salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and fold over the top twice.
  2. Place bag in microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  3. Top popcorn with cinnamon or salt.

 

Recipes adapted from Reader’s Digest, The Recipe Rebel and Two Peas in a Pod.