Healthy After-School Snack Ideas
From sweet to salty and everywhere in between, these are after-school snacks you can feel good about feeding to your kids. And if you decide to make some for yourself, too, well...we can't say we blame you!
First up, our Key Lime Dip with Fresh Fruit Kebabs!
This snack allows a lot of room for creativity, and kids will love putting together their own kebab!
Smoothies are the perfect bases for allowing kids to add their own personality and get creative. The yogurt gives it a dose of calcium. Be sure to use frozen fruit−it eliminates the need for ice.
A classic hummus dip that all your guests can enjoy is essential to any appetizer dish. This simple hummus comes together in minutes, and it is always a crowd favorite. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor, give it a whirl, and presto! Healthy dippers include baby carrots, radishes, jicama, and sugar snap peas. To make it a little more kid-friendly, go ahead and pack some pita chips or whole grain tortilla chips for added snacking options.
Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit
Use any variety of mixed nuts or seeds you like in this trail mix. Dried fruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the nuts add healthy fats and protein, which makes this an excellent on-the-go snack.
Chewy Oat Squares
These hearty squares are simple to make and wonderfully portable--they are perfect for packing in lunch boxes or for snacking in the car.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
These sweet-and-salty pretzels satisfy every after-school craving.
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
With dried apples and caramel candies in every bite, our less-than-100-calorie oatmeal cookies are a delectable treat.
Avocado adds luscious creaminess and loads of nutrients to this cool, refreshing Vietnamese specialty. It's best served icy cold, straight from the blender.
Homemade Pita Chips with Red Pepper Dip
This recipe is full of flavor and oh-so-easy to make. We bake our pita wedges until they're crisp, and then blend together roasted red bell peppers with almonds and other high-flavor ingredients. The result is a healthy, full-flavored snack.
This recipe calls for gluten-free pretzels and chocolate, but any type will work if gluten is not an issue.
Frozen Vanilla Custard
Ice cream and sorbets are convenient go-tos when you want a treat to cool you down on a hot day. Use this custard as a base for many flavors by adding your favorite ingredients when it's almost frozen.
Chocolate-Granola Apple Wedges
This recipe takes a classic and ups the ante with the addition of granola. If you can't find Braeburn apples, Gala or Fuji varieties also stand up to dipping and add a touch more sweetness.
Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
This simple snack mix has just enough spice to tickle the taste buds, but not so much that it overwhelms younger eaters.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
At only 88 calories, this a fantastic (and guiltless!) version of a classic after-school treat. Store up to one week in an airtight container—if they last that long! We suggest keeping a dozen in the freezer for emergencies.
This frozen dessert requires no ice-cream maker--just freeze the mixture in a pan, and scrape with a fork.
Chewy Coconut Granola Bars
These are a go-anywhere, do-anything snack, plus they're simple to make!
Berry and Banana Smoothie
Pop the sliced, peeled bananas in the freezer when the kids go off to school, making prep quick and easy once they get home!
Spiced nuts are usually baked; this stovetop version speeds up the process. The smoky-spicy snack will store well in an airtight container for several days.
Orange-Hazelnut Snack Muffins
Hazelnut flour (often called meal) is full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops
Boasting just 82 calories and a boatload of vitamin C, these double-decker popsicles feature a sweet-tart lemon layer topped with a minty watermelon layer. If you prefer one flavor over the other, double the amount of ingredients required for each layer and make single flavored pops.
Make extra batches of this maple-and-honey-sweetened nutty granola so you can have some on hand for quick breakfasts.
This easy treat comes together in only a few minutes if you purchase orange sections from the refrigerated part of the produce section. To make ahead, prepare parfaits and refrigerate, covered, for up to four hours.
Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals
Peanut butter is the star of this recipe, with banana, yogurt, and wheat germ for a nice crunch.