If your kids are anything like mine, they’re ready for a snack the moment they are done with school. These healthy after-school snack ideas are perfect for kids who have afternoon munchies!
My kids love snacks so much, I even wrote a book filled with the Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet. You don’t want to miss these yummy recipes!
When the kids get home, they run through the door, kick off their shoes, throw down their bags, and the first thing they want? A snack.
I know my daughter needs a healthy snack in her system before she can concentrate enough to tackle her daily homework. I often refer to the MOMables recipe index to come up with yummy ideas that I know will fuel her until dinnertime.
Watch this quick video for the after-school snack inspiration!
Here are eleven of our favorite snack ideas.
1. No-Bake Energy Bites
Anything with the word “no-bake” in it is always a hit in my book. This simple, Oatmeal Energy Balls recipe is also a great one to get the kids involved with.
2. Homemade Fruit Cups
Don’t waste money on those prepackaged fruit cups that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Make your own fruit cups instead! All-natural and with no added sugar. Simple and delicious.
3. Healthy Chocolate Chip Bars
These healthy cookie dough bars are easy to make and require no baking. The kids won’t even realize that you’re handing them a healthy after-school treat!
4. Banana Chips
5. Homemade Fruit Leather
6. Zucchini & Carrot Bars
These moist Carrot & Zucchini Bars are a great way to add some veggies to your kids’ foods. These cake bars are sweetened with honey and golden raisins and taste amazing.
7. Spinach Bites
Cheesy and delicious, these Parmesan Spinach Balls are the perfect way to get picky eaters to eat (and even love!) spinach.
8. Healthy Avocado Pudding
This healthy chocolate avocado pudding will make you an after-school hero. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat healthy pudding as an after-school snack? Amazing.
9. Cheese Twists
Made with flaky puff pastry, these cheese straws are fun to dip in soup or serve plain as an after-school snack.
10. Apple Nachos
Make this healthy snack by heating almond butter in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes thin. Drizzle the almond butter over apple slices and sprinkle with shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
One thinly sliced apple yields four snack servings!
Snack Charcuterie for Kids
Lastly, you can use ingredients from your fridge and pantry to make a healthy after-school snack charcuterie board. Grab a few of the following ingredients and pair them with your child’s favorite dip like hummus or ranch dressing and you’ll have a healthy snack in no time.
- Fresh Veggies
- Sliced sandwich meats
- Cheese slices
Healthy After School Snack Ideas for Kids
The best healthy snacks for kids to enjoy after school! From energy bites, to healthy pudding and even epic snack bars!
But first, start with these mini quinoa pizza bites!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 24 bites 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Oven
- Diet: Gluten Free
Healthy Pizza Quinoa Bites
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup of your favorite pizza toppings, chopped (pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, spinach, ham, etc.)
- ¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Pizza sauce, for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin panwith cooking spray (or make 2 batches in a 12-count pan).
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients except pizza sauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
- Scoop mixture into each mini muffin cup; fill to the top of each.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
- Pack pizza sauce in a separate container in a lunch box for dipping.
- Serving Size: 4 bites
- Calories: 226
- Sugar: 2g
- Sodium: 643.3mg
- Fat: 9.7g
- Saturated Fat: 3.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 24.6g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 10.7g
- Cholesterol: 45.7mg
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