Snack Break: Healthy-ish Edition

Who doesn’t love an after-school snack break? After a long week of the daily grind, my family loves to venture off schedule on Friday afternoons for a treat. Below are a few of our favorite stops which offer options a little healthier than the typical sno cones and ice cream.

  1. Playa Bowls

Located near Burbank and Lee, this place takes the acai bowl to a whole new level. With multiple options for the base of the bowl and an infinite number of topping combinations, there is a bowl for everyone. Not a fan of the bowl, Playa Bowls also offers delicious smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices. New to the menu are a selection of coffees for those needing caffeine on a Friday afternoon!

2. The Big Squeezy

Want to shop local? The Big Squeezy also offers a menu featuring bowls, smoothies, juices, and coffee; however, it is unique to Baton Rouge. With two locations, you can find one at the Perkins overpass or in Bocage Village. If juice is on your mind, The Big Squeezy is for you. Juice is squeezed fresh daily and packaged in individual serving-sized bottles. You can drink one there and take a few home for a quick and healthy weekday breakfast option.

3. Counter Culture

Counter Culture is home to the one and only Humphrey Yogart which is a frozen yogurt cup topped with fruit, granola, and honey. The plain frozen yogurt used for the Humphrey is made in-house and is truly one of a kind. If your kids are like mine, an after-school snack often consists of a full meal. This stop offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads for those with hungry bellies after school. In Baton Rouge, you can find Counter Culture near the intersection of Perkins and Essen. Hop in the drive-thru line and enjoy your delicious snack on the way home.

4.  New York Bagel

Big fan of cream cheese? This one is for you. Besides delicious bagel sandwiches, NYB offers 7 varieties of cream cheese which each can be purchased in a snack-sized cup with bagel chips. Want to feed the whole gang? The cream cheese dips are also available to purchase in sizes ranging from 2 ounces to one pound. These dips make for a great after-school snack all week long, or you can add to lunch boxes and pair with anything that can be dipped! NYB has three locations in Baton Rouge: Airline, Perkins, and Lee. The Perkins location has a drive-thru window for added convenience.

5. Race Trac

Does your family have difficulty agreeing on a snack? Race Trac is sure to please the whole gang. This stop offers a variety of choices from frozen yogurt, chips, candy, drinks to a surprisingly impressive coffee bar for mom or dad. With multiple locations throughout Baton Rouge, Race Trac truly delivers on the convenience of convenience stores.

Do you have any snack stops to add to the list? Please share your favorite place for after-school snacks with us.

Ashley is originally from Thibodaux, La. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2005 to attend graduate school at LSU where she received a master’s degree in social work. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Taylor, for 15 years and they have 3 daughters Raegan (14), Julia (8) and Sadie (2 going on 20). Ashley worked as a social worker in the medical field for 10 years before taking a break to be a stay at home mom. Life took a very unexpected turn when her husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2019 which fueled her passion for rare disease awareness. She is co-founder of the non-profit Garage 10 which provides financial assistance to individuals with rare diseases. Ashley loves family, faith, friends, date nights, coffee creamer, exercising and quiet moments amongst the business of life.

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