Refuel with Back to School Snacks

Refuel with Back to School Snacks

Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

Afterschool snacks are just as important as the activities that follow them. Make sure your child has a nourishing snack to support physical activity and growth and development.

  • Keep snacks simple with bananas, Greek yogurt, string cheese, raisins, Dole Fruit bowls, hummus and whole grain crackers just to name a few.
  • Protein rich snacks like nut butters, Greek yogurt and cheese will support their growing bodies, while quick carbs like dried fruit and fruit bowls will give them a boost of energy.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Balance snacks with two food groups like bagel & nut butter or fruit & cheese!
  • Get your kids involved in planning; kids are more likely to eat foods they were involved in choosing.
  • Don’t forget about food safety. Include an icepack for items that are meant to stay cold like yogurt, pudding or hummus.
  • If your child comes home before activities, keep washed fruit on the counter ready to eat.
  • Try to model nutritious and healthy habits for your child as they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps!

Cranberry Almond Protein Balls

Cranberry-Almond Protein Balls

Easy, make-ahead and full of nutrition! These are great for after-school snacks, after a workout or anytime you need a little pick-me-up!

 Prep: 15 minutes

Makes: about 28 (1 Tbsp) balls


  • 1 cup Justin’s® Almond butter*
  • 2 scoops Vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons Ocean Spray Craisins


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, stir well.
  2. Using a one-tablespoon scoop/spoon, scoop out dough into 28 balls onto a large cookie sheet.
  3. Refrigerator until firm, then store in air-tight container in refrigerator or freeze.


* Oil separation in natural nut butters is normal, just give it a stir before using and refrigerate.

Nutrition Information:

92 calories; 9g carbohydrate; 5g fat; 4g protein; 35mg sodium; 1g fiber

Recipe by Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA