30 Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
But generally, the first snack children ask for is something full of processed ingredients.
And coming up with healthy alternatives that they still love to eat isn’t always easy.
But don’t lose hope! Avoiding unhealthy, processed snacks doesn’t have to be hard.
With these healthy alternatives, your kids will always look forward to their after-school snacks!
Plus most of these these ideas are quick and easy to make!
(Scroll to the bottom of this article for a Free Printable)
1) Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Much healthier than french fries, these sweet potato fries taste great and can be made in about 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
2) Grapes (Fresh or Frozen)
7) Fruit dip
Make this super easy (and quick) dip to go with any of the fruit listed above (always try to buy organic fruit and vegetables). All you have to do is mix together the following ingredients! Store any leftovers in the fridge. Makes enough for 4-5 servings of fruit.
4 oz. Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 teaspoon Sugar or Organic Honey
½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
8) Banana and Strawberries Slices in Yogurt
Cut up a medium banana and a few strawberries then mix them into a bowl of strawberry or strawberry-banana low-fat yogurt (tastes like dessert!)
Click here to see a list of smoothies you can make based on what fruit you have in your kitchen! (My little one’s favorite is the watermelon smoothie!)
10) Orange Cranberry Muffins
These muffins are a great after-school option and they only take a total of 25 minutes to make. Get the recipe for these delicious muffins here.
11) Zucchini Muffins
Give the kids their vegetables without them even noticing! Get this 5-star recipe here.
12) Super Easy Trail Mix
Trail mix is a very easy snack to prepare and is very versatile. You can add in your children’s favorite snacks as well as some healthy options like nuts, seeds, and sun-dried fruit.
Nuts: depending on how healthy you want: roasted, salted, or raw
Sun-Dried Fruit: many types of dried fruit is coated in sugar, try to find natural sun-dried fruit. It’s usually a little more expensive, but the health benefits are worth it.
Seeds: such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
Add a sprinkle of salt
The best part: chocolate chips, popcorn, M&M’s, etc.
Mix the ingredients you desire (or your children desire) into a bowl and serve.
13) Peanut Butter Cookies (with organic peanut butter)
These are a healthier alternative to the cookies you buy at the store. Use organic peanut butter and only as much sugar as you deem necessary. See the recipe here.
14) Organic Carrots and Ranch
15) Organic Apples dipped in Organic Peanut Butter
16) Smoothie Popsicles
(As far as after-school snacks go, this would be my son’s favorite!)
Put a healthy twist on the popsicles your children love. Make their favorite smoothie and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for a few hours and they are ready for your children to devour!
Here is the popsicle mold we use:
17) After-school Graham Cracker Snack
This snack takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Spread a little blueberry yogurt on the top of a graham cracker. Add thin banana slices, dried cranberries (or Cherry Craisins – we use this kind), and mini-chocolate chips (optional) to the top.
18) Cheese and Fruit Kabobs
Cut cheese and fruit into fun shapes using a small cookie cutter. Place on skewers, alternating between fruit and cheese, to make kabobs.
19) Guacamole with Whole-Grain Chips
Click here to see an easy, healthy, and kid-friendly guacamole recipe (with only 3 ingredients!)
20) Healthy Banana Snack
Cut large bananas into three or four pieces. Then dip them in low-fat plain yogurt, and roll in crushed whole-grain graham crackers. Serve it then or freeze it for a cooler alternative.
21) Maple-Oat Pumpkin Muffins
These healthy muffins may not be a super quick option like some of the others, but they certainly are delicious! Click here to see the recipe.
22) Granola Bars
This is a much better alternative to the granola bars you buy at the store. With less sugar, more nutrients, and organic ingredients, you can make this a healthy treat the kids will love! Click here to see a recipe for homemade peanut butter and chocolate chip granola bars.
23) No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites
Click the picture below to see the recipe.
24) Carrot Sticks and Hummus
Here is a recipe for hummus you can make with your kids.
25) Ants on a Log
I remember making this in elementary school. Wash and cut celery into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Spread organic peanut butter in the recessed side of the celery and then place raisins on the top.
26) Soft and Chewy Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Check out this healthy and delicious recipe here.
27) Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread
This recipe is from Ambitious Kitchen; you can see it here.
29) Frozen Yogurt Buttons
These cute buttons are delicious and healthy (plus they don’t take long to prepare!) But be careful not to have them out of the freezer too long before your children eat them because they tend to melt quickly.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Then place a Ziploc bag into a medium-sized cup and fold the top of the bag over the sides of the cup.
Next, fill the bag with any flavor of non-fat Greek yogurt.
Then remove the bag from the cup and cut off one corner (not too big of a cut or you’ll have yogurt everywhere).
Lightly squeeze the yogurt onto the cookie sheet making little button shapes.
Place in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours.
You can scrape off the buttons using a spatula.
Then place them in an air tight container and store in the freezer until they are ready to be eaten.
30) Apple Ladybug Treats
These adorable after-school treats are as cute as they are healthy! All you need is organic apples, raisins, organic peanut butter, and pretzel sticks. Here’s the recipe!
Here is a printable so that you can have quick, easy access to these ideas without having to get on the internet. Save it, print it, share it, whatever you’d like!
Making sure your children are getting all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into their diet is imperative for their continued growth and development.
And the foods they eat now will make a big difference in their food choices as they grow.
These healthy after-school snacks provide an easy way to give your child any additional protein, fiber, veggies, etc., that they may be otherwise missing in their diet.
And for a few more healthy after-school snacks, read my article: 7 Healthy and Homemade Snack Ideas with Recipes.