The hours between the end of school and dinner can be tough for healthy eating. Pizza, Chipotle and subway are all easy after-school options that are loaded with calories and processed carbohydrates. Below are VarCity’s favorite quick and healthy after-school snacks.
1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Eggs are one of the healthiest and most weight loss-friendly foods you can eat.
They contain protein, vitamin K2 and B12, to name a few.
Although their high cholesterol content gave them a bad reputation for years, new studies show that eggs don't have any effect on your risk of heart disease.
Two large, hard-boiled eggs contain about 140 calories and 13 grams of protein.
2. Turkey Roll-Ups
Turkey roll-ups are delicious and nutritious.
Turkey contains high-quality protein, which helps you feel satisfied, preserves muscle mass and burns more calories during digestion than fat or carbs.
3. Healthy Beef Jerky or Beef Sticks
Beef jerky or beef sticks make great high-protein, portable snacks. But make sure you choose the right type.
Some jerkies are loaded with sugar and preservatives. Beef sticks generally don't contain sugar, but many aren't made from high-quality meat and may contain other questionable ingredients.
Look for jerky and beef sticks made from grass-fed beef and salt, with as few ingredients as possible. Grass-fed beef contains more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef.
Most beef jerkies and sticks contain about 7 grams of protein per ounce (28 grams).
4. A Piece of Fruit
Healthy snacks don't need to be complicated. Just a single piece of fruit can be incredibly satisfying.
Examples of fruit that are portable and can be eaten with almost no preparation include bananas, apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit and oranges.
5. Mixed Nuts
Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack.
They've been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help prevent certain cancers, depression and other diseases.
Despite being relatively high in fat, they are very filling. Several studies suggest that eating nuts in moderation can help you lose weight.
Nuts contain the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein and fiber. They contain about 180 calories in a 1 oz (28 grams) serving, on average.
They also taste great and don't require refrigeration, so they're perfect for carrying with you when away from home.