After school snacks can be tricker than expected! They have to hold little tummies over until dinner without making them too full. They also need to fuel growing bodies for all those after school activities. You’ll want them to be healthy but still tasty enough to grab your children’s attention more than all those seasonal goodies do at the grocery store. Move over pumpkin spice Oreos and carrot cake M&M’s, here’s a list of 18 healthier after school snacks that’ll be sure to have kids asking for more!
1. Celery Snails and Caterpillars
These cute little critters will get your kids crawling in all the right ways. To bring these buggy bites to life, use celery stalks with a nut butter or cream cheese as a base with your choice of any variety of fruits and veggies.
2. Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Won’t you be my clementine? These fruity pop-in-your-mouth bites will have your kids dipped in delight. Get the recipe here from Woman’sDay.
3. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Using just sweet potato slices, 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, and 1/2 Teaspoon of salt, you can have a homemade snack that’s nearly 1/2 the calories and 1/5 the amount of fat as a serving of potato chips. That puts the SWEET in sweet potato! Best part of all?… They taste great and your kids will love them too.
4. Fresh Fruit Pops
I’ll admit that I have a particular love for rootbeer or banana popsicles. But all that sugar leaves you thirsty and sticky on hot days. These frozen fruit pops offer the perfect solution! Using pure coconut water and naturally sweet fruit, you’ll get a quick after school snack that’ll have your kids going coco-nutty!
5. Frozen Banana Penguins
Here’s a fun beaky bite that really makes kids smile. Although these penguins don’t keep well in the freezer over many days, they’re great when they’re relatively fresh and offer a healthier frozen alternative to ice cream. Reading Confetti has the tutorial here.
It’s a zoo in here! Well, it is with this adorable after school snack anyway.. Spread some toast with your child’s favorite nut butter, add a fruity face, and your kids will be sure to go wild for some more. Check out Mama Papa Bubba for the assembly instructions.
7. Frozen Yogurt Raspberries
Here’s a tasty treat that flips chocolate covered strawberries inside out. Simply fill the berries with some Greek yogurt and harden in the freezer. What a “cool” after school snack. This would be perfect for those hotter after-school days in August!
8. Healthy Fruit Snacks
With nothing but natural sugars and grass-fed gelatin, these fruit snacks are a win-win for everyone. They offer a much better healthier after school snack than the sugar loaded, store bought brands. Plus, natural flavors are always more enticing than artificial!
9. Coconut Oil Popcorn
Some of my earliest memories are at my grandparent’s house munching on popcorn while sitting on my grandpa’s lap as we watched a movie. One of my favorite parts of Grandpa’s popcorn was all that melty butter goodness he would carefully drizzle on top. Over 20 years later, popcorn still has a special place in my heart, but my heart also thanks me for leaving off the butter. I now use coconut oil as a healthier alternative. Not only does it give the corn that just-right nutty touch, but it also adds an element of sweetness that you don’t get with regular butter. Get the directions for popping your own delicious bowl of this coconutty goodness here.
10. Watermelon Pops
What is it about putting food on a stick that makes it so much more fun? Who knows, but it does! For this after school snack, just get out your kids’ favorite cookie cutters, punch out some fun shapes of watermelon, and let there be happy tummies!
11. Fruity Frozen Yogurt Snacks
It’s light but filling, has a good source of both dairy and protein, and tastes yummy. Yogurt really is a perfect after school snack. Too bad so many store bought yogurts are packed with artificial sweeteners and flavors that end up masking all that goodness. But not with these scrumptious snacks! Use fresh fruits and unsweetened Greek yogurt to put together a sweet bite that your kids won’t be able to get enough of.
12. Cheddar Poppy Seed Chips
Say cheese!! These crispy chips offer a cheesy and nutty alternative to bagged chips. With only 4 ingredients, your kids won’t be the only ones with smiles on their faces.
13. Pistachio, Cranberry, and Ginger Cookie Bars
Okay, so these aren’t exactly “healthy” snacks, but I had to sneak in a sweet treat somewhere in this list! If you and you’re children are like me, you like a snack with both a little crunch and a little soft, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. These pistachio, cranberry, ginger cookie bars take Miss Crocker’s (Betty, that is) sugar cookie mix and deliver all the right kinds of textures to make a special after school treat.
14. Zucchini Cookies
If it has the work “zucchini” in it, it cancels out the “cookie” part, right? We’ll go with that! Just look at how tasty these cake-like cookies look. And with a vegetable filling instead of sugary bits, it’s an after school snack both you and your children can feel good about.
15. Strawberry Fruit Snacks
Put the “fruit” back into “fruit snacks”. Simply bake some fresh sliced strawberries and Voila! No processed garbage and all that sweet goodness… You’re sure to have some “berry” happy kids with this simple snack.
16. Goat Cheese, Honey, & Fruit Crostini
Cheese crackers? Send the goldfish off in bubbles with this real cheese and fruit crisp. Sally’s Baking Addiction gives all the directions here.
17. Sweet Potato Tots & Apricot Dip
I’ve never been a fan of potatoes or french fries. In fact, I’ve always kind of hated how they’re so starchy and dry. But with their crispy little edges and oily plumpness, tater tots were always the exception to my potato hate. As much as I enjoy tater tots though, here’s a healthier alternative to the otherwise greasy, oily snack. Serve with a tangy apricot dip on the side, and this’ll be an instant hit with your family.
18. Inflatable Veggies
Here’s a scrumptious snack that’s sure to float everyone’s boat. Get the ingredients and directions over at Diana Mi Haila.