Our Top 5 Snacks for After-School

Healthy Snacks

After-school healthy snacks are always tricky.  You’re starving, but you don’t want to break the bank and you know you have dinner in a few hours.  Here are VarCity’s top 5 picks for healthy snacks to help you feel full in that 3pm between lunch and dinner area.


Low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. To add taste and nutritional value, whip up a yogurt parfait with berries and granola or make a homemade fruity yogurt pop that beats sugary store-bought frozen treats any day.


The protein in this healthy snack keeps energy levels high until dinnertime. We like to stick salt-free pretzel sticks into cubes of low-fat cheese to make "satellite snacks," but you can also make cheese more interesting by putting it on your favorite whole wheat cracker or making kabobs with your favorite fruit.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet spuds are some of the most nutritious vegetables around: They're packed with vitamin A and are good sources of B6, C, and folate. These simple, delicious chips are great alternatives to the greasy, store-bought variety.


Made from pureed chickpeas, hummus is an excellent dip for after-school.  It has an appealing nutty flavor, is thick enough not to be messy, and contains folate, vitamin B6, and iron.  Serve hummus with cut-up vegetables or salt-free crackers for dipping, or use it to make a pita bread sandwich.

Whole-Grain Waffles

For a fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly, try waffles for a boost of whole grains and fiber.  These cool new protein-packed waffles topped with a small dollop of cream cheese and a fruit jelly are a refreshing change for snacktime.

College Visit Road Trip Nutrition Tips

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It’s that time of year.  The pressure.  The anxiety.  The hours in the car with your parents.  You’ll get through this!   Everyone does.  And to help you make healthy decisions while you’re on the road, we’ve put together our top nutrition tips.  We know getting a good workout on the road is tough, but your nutrition shouldn’t also have to take a hit.  See below for VarCity’s top five nutritious roadside snacks.

1. Best Granola Bar:  Kind Nut Bar

Everyone loves a good granola bar and this one has tons of bang for your caloric buck: healthy fats, 6 g of protein, next to no sodium, and a reasonable dose of sweetness (just 5 g). It's also a great (and totally natural) source of selenium, magnesium, copper, and vitamin E—no fortified additives here.

2.  Best Potato Chip:  Kettle Real Sliced Potatoes Sea Salt

Baked chips!?  We know, we know...they’re usually the lame tag-along friend to your Subway sandwich.  But Kettle has worked some kind of crispy, salty, satisfying magic with this product line. These 3-ingredient baked chips taste just like they're fried—and you can eat 20 of them for just 120 calories and 3g of fat.

3.  Best Popcorn:  Indiana Fit Sea Salt Popcorn

Pause for a moment to appreciate the glory of popcorn: a carb-satisfying snack that's high in fiber and low in calories with a short ingredient list and absolutely zero sugar.  Indiana does it even better with no genetically modified corn or oil.

4.  Best Candy:  Pretzel M&Ms

While not ideal, we know sometimes you gotta go for that candy snack (e.g. when your parents have a mid-trip meltdown or when that student guide drops some seriously depressing admissions stats).  This sweet does way less damage than others in its category:  it's got 150 calories, 3 g of saturated fat, and 17 g of sugar per bag.  Compare that to regular Milk Chocolate M&Ms, loaded with 240 calories, 6 g saturated fat, and 30g of sugar.

5.  Best Nuts:  Wonderful Almonds Roasted & Salted

Toasty flavor, crispy skin, and absolutely no added oils—that's the beauty of dry-roasted almonds like these. Even better: these nuts are rich in fiber, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and more.  Nutrition never tasted so good.