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Beefing-Up Healthy Snacks for After-School Cravings

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According to livestrong.com, 1 in 3 children is obese, so as tempting as those potato chips are, there are healthier snacks to eat that are recommended by fellow students.

“I would have to say a fiber bar, they are really good,” said Zach Evans, a sophomore. Most fiber bars are great for a snack on-the-go and provide enough energy for sports or other activities. A good type of cereal bar is Kashi GOLEAN Crisp bar; it is a filling, protein-filled snack. According to Kashi, 1 chocolate almond bar has 170 calories, 5g total fat, 210mg sodium, 5g fiber, 13g sugar , 8g protein.

“Either Cheez Its or beef strips,” said Sami Khan, a freshman. Now Cheez Its aren’t the healthiest of snacks, but beef strips provide protein and iron for the body; however,they may leave you a little tired due to the fat content.

Some snacks that are good to eat while doing homework include a bowl of raw almonds, cashews, peanuts and other types of nuts which provide lots of protein in bite-sized portions.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t eat something sweet. “I have Greek yogurt with fruit,” said Alayna Gocke, who is an athlete with a sweet tooth.

Some great snack ideas for after school that satisfy the sugar cravings are peaches, apple slices with peanut butter, blueberries and a homemade fruit smoothie.

If you are willing to put in some minor work to make your snacks, try string cheese sticks with pretzels going through them, or celery with peanut butter and raisins, also known as “Ants on a Log.”

Healthy snacks can boost brain power, making homework less of a struggle to complete, so make good decisions the next time you raid the kitchen.

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Beefing-Up Healthy Snacks for After-School Cravings