Skip to main content

Afterschool Snacks that are Healthy & Filling

Jul 12, 2014 01:48PM ● Published by Lisa Drake

Hectic mornings, busy schedules and afternoon snack cravings can make it difficult to eat foods that are tasty, healthy and satisfying. Instead of grabbing a bag of packaged cookies or vending machine chips, have a healthy alternative available for you and your family that’s delicious and satisfying.

 

“Better food options keep energy levels high in-between meals,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “By planning ahead with healthy snacks or mini meals, you’ll have great choices available, even with a chaotic schedule.”

 

Try these tips from Wilton for healthier, tasty treats:

·        Think Greek. With more protein and richness than other yogurt varieties, Greek yogurt can be used in many different ways. Try it in fruit dips or as an alternative for mayo or sour cream. You can even substitute it for some of the butter in baking recipes to reduce calories and fat. 

·        Make it fun. Let kids get creative by using cookie cutters on low-fat cheese slices and whole grain bread or tortillas to build their own snacks. Or, have them make funny faces using natural peanut butter, raisins and fruit, like sliced bananas, apples or pears.

·        Sneak in veggies. Bakers are using veggies more than ever before in new, inspirational baked treats. Many vegetables have a natural sweetness, so your family won’t taste the difference during snack time. Try sweet potato cupcakes or carrot and zucchini cookies.

 

Make this recipe for Squash and Banana Mini Muffins for a quick and healthy snack that’s delicious whether after school or while at work. For more healthy recipes ideas, baking tips and inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.

 

 

Squash and Banana Mini Muffins
Makes about 48 mini muffins

 

1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
1          cup quick oats (uncooked)
2          teaspoons baking soda
1/2       teaspoon salt
1/2       teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4    cups thawed frozen pureed winter squash
3/4       cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
3/4       cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
1          egg
2          tablespoons canola oil
1          cup dried cranberries

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare mini muffin pan with vegetable pan spray.

 

In large bowl, stir together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

 

In medium bowl, whisk together squash, sugar, banana, egg and oil. Make a well in center of flour mixture; whisk in squash mixture until just combined. Stir in cranberries.

 

Fill cavities 2/3 full with batter. Bake 12-14 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

 

 Article courtesy of Family Features and Wilton

 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Food+Dining, In Print recipe in this issue back to school julaug 2014 issue
  • Holiday Sip & Shop

    10/18/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Need to get ahead in your holiday shopping or maybe just need some retail therapy? Stop by the bi...


  • 2017 Mansfield Farmers Market

    10/21/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    In continuous operation since 2004, the Mansfield Farmers Market has experienced a renaissance in...


  • Mini Bio Blitz

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Nature lovers, join us for a Fall mini Bio Blitz where we will document the organisms at Oliver ...


  • LARGEST Fall Festival in Ellis County Presented by: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Start...


  • Get Growing Mansfield

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Mansfield Water Utilities has partnered with the Mansfield Farmer's Market to present Get Growing...


  • Brunch Time!

    10/21/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Watch our resident critters enjoy their Brunch every Saturday at 10am! Our arachnids and amphibia...


  • Fall Scavenger Hunt

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 02:30PM

    Come see Oliver Nature Park during fall to explore how nature changes with the seasons. Enjoy a ...


  • Pumpkin Help-Create Events at Vetro

    10/21/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Are you "pumped" up for pumpkin season? Join us at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery during the...


  • Trunk-or-Treat + Pumpkin Palooza

    10/21/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Any family, business, or community group is welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity t...


  • Maverick Home Volleyball Game

    10/21/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Volleyball match being hosted at The College Park Center by the UT Arlington Mavericks Collegiate...


  • Hip Hop Cowboys

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM

    Hip Hop Cowboys, the nation’s first event to combine the extreme sport of rodeo with a celebratio...


  • Oleg Larshin, Violin

    10/21/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Join the LCSO for it's 2017-18 Season Premiere of "Vienna, City of Music!" The LCSO will feature ...


  • The Addams Family

    10/22/2017
    02:00PM

    Join us this October for an award-winning family musical full of love, laughter, and spooky, kook...


  • Junior Angler

    10/22/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Junior Angler classes introduce youth ages 6 – 16 to the life‐long sport of fishing. Classes fol...


  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    10/23/2017
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • Mansfield Sunrise Toastmasters

    10/23/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00AM

    Want to be better at negotiating your salary with your boss? Networking at business functions? Pi...


  • Third Thursday - Haunt the Block

    10/19/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Let the kids (and adults) put their costumes on early and come out to trick or treat, take ghost ...


  • Mansfield Ghost Tours 2017

    10/19/2017
    06:00PM — 08:25PM

    Come join us for haunted history and ghostly tales from all around Mansfield! This year we will h...


  • Mansfield Ghost Tours 2017

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 08:25PM

    Come join us for haunted history and ghostly tales from all around Mansfield! This year we will h...


  • LARGEST Fall Festival in Ellis County Presented by: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Start...


  • Fall Scavenger Hunt

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 02:30PM

    Come see Oliver Nature Park during fall to explore how nature changes with the seasons. Enjoy a ...


  • Trunk-or-Treat + Pumpkin Palooza

    10/21/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Any family, business, or community group is welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity t...


  • Hip Hop Cowboys

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM

    Hip Hop Cowboys, the nation’s first event to combine the extreme sport of rodeo with a celebratio...


  • At the Warmack Library on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Join us...


  • Creep Fest 2017

    10/27/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Love the feeling you get watching a scary movie? Want to find friends who like horror films and b...


  • Public Safety Open House

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Join us at the Fire Station (at 100 Cloverlane Drive) for: • Free Hotdogs & Drinks • Bounce Hou...


  • Drug Take-Back Day

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    This program is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and cities to allow resident...


  • Japanese Garden Fall Festival

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Stroll along the meandering paths of the beautifully- landscaped Japanese Garden as you listen t...


  • TSO 10th Anniversary Trunk Show

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Join TSO Mansfield for our first ever Trunk Show featuring brands John Varvatos and Carolina Herr...


  • Pumpkin Swim

    10/28/2017
    01:15PM — 03:15PM

    Pumpkin Swim Saturday, October 28 1:15-3:15 p.m., Kirby Creek Natatorium, 3201 Corn Valley Road...


  • The Addams Family

    10/29/2017
    02:00PM

    Join us this October for an award-winning family musical full of love, laughter, and spooky, kook...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions