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10 Healthy Ideas for After-School Snacks

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10 Healthy Ideas for After-School Snacks!  Back by popular demand!

As you may know, it’s that time of year when kids are heading back to school and parents are stressing to prepare lunch boxes filled with yummy, yet healthy, snacks.  So whether your kids are tots, teens or any age in between, they all share the same sentiment when they get home from school and that is, they’re hungry and always head directly to the fridge or pantry looking to grab anything to eat.

So here are 10 Healthy Ideas for After-School Snacks that are fun, delicious, nutritious, and ready in minutes!


It’s difficult to keep them away from junk food, we know.  But if we can make some time either early in the morning or the night before (while we prepare their lunches), the benefits are wonderful, especially knowing they’re eating a healthy snack rather than sugar filled-processed foods.

These are some simple ideas that are super easy to pull off.  So for the moms and dads who want to give their kids something that not only tastes good but is good!

Here are some of our helpful ideas for 10 healthy and appealing after-school snacks one can easily prepare the night before.


1.  Fresh Fruit with Mixed Berries and Greek Yogurt Dip …

Sweet and savory fruit with yogurt is delicious anytime!  Use about 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of strawberry preserves, or any flavor they prefer, then transfer to a small serving dish.

Place bite-size pieces of fresh fruit onto a serving platter, add some fresh berries too, and wrap with clear wrap.  Chill before serving.

If they get home before you do, leave a little sweet note on top!  Don’t forget to add some toothpicks or small forks for dipping.



2.  Fresh Vegetable Sticks with a Sour Cream or Hummus Dip …


You can easily find fresh vegetables already pre-cut into sticks at your local supermarket, or you can cut them yourself.  This platter contains 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange bell pepper.  Cut each into 1/4- inch to 1/2-inch sticks. 

Make a colorful platter!

Then make an easy sour cream dip using about a 1/2 cup of sour cream mixed with a few dried herbs.  My kids always LOVE of platter of fresh veggies with either a hummus dip or a sour cream dip.  Yours will too!




3.  Liz’s Pita Pizza’s!

Pita Pizza is a quick and easy snack for kids to make their own to their liking!

Make them ahead and freeze some, and your kids can pop them into the microwave or toaster oven.  Recipe for Liz’s Pita Pizza, click The Pita Pizza Recipe.


4.  Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwiches …

Little finger sandwiches are everyone’s favorite!  Especially ones filled with creamy peanut butter and nutella spread.  Make them and refrigerate until they get home. 

Serve these cuties with a glass of milk.   Click: mini peanut butter and nutella sandwiches.


5.  Baked Chicken Nuggets the Healthy Way…


Kids love chicken nuggets!  A great way to give them some protein before they run out to their after-school activities.  Click for Recipe: Baked Chicken Nuggets – the Healthy Way!


6.  Veggies Platter with an EASY Avocado Dip…


Simple avocado dip you can easily make, or if you prefer to buy “already-made” guacamole dip.  Serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips. 

Click for recipe Easy Avocado Dip recipe!




7.   Simple and Easy Spicy SALSA served with chips…


Homemade salsa is super easy, super fresh, and always tastes best!  Make it mild or make it spicy!

Add some sour cream on the side, and serve with organic, whole-grain tortilla chips!

For Simple and Easy Spicy Salsa recipe, click here.




8.  Spinach and Kale Bites…


These are everyone’s favorite and most popular!  Spinach and Kale Bites are delicious bites filled with spinach, kale, and Parmesan cheese. Trust me, these are SO good!

They’ll never notice they’re eating something healthy!

Click for our recipe: Spinach and Kale Bites! 




9.  Apples, Cheese and Grapes with Caramel Dip…


I saw this package at our local supermarket called Publix and thought it was a great idea.  It’s a bit expensive, so you may want to make it yourself.  Grab a platter or a plastic container and add some sliced apples, red grapes, and cubed cheeses and serve it with a caramel sauce.  Your kids will go bonkers!

Here’s a tip:  Toss apple slices with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.  Then keep them chilled until ready to serve.




10. Apple-Oatmeal Cookies…NO SUGAR & NO BUTTER!


If your kids are looking for cookies, then try these cuties!

Apple-Oatmeal Cookies..NO Sugar and NO Butter!.. are made with cinnamon, fresh apples, oats, and chocolate chips.  They’re the healthier cookies you won’t mind giving to your kids!

Even adults – like me, lov’em!

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  • Reply
    August 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Baked Chicken Nuggets are my favorite, but I love all of your tips.

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      by Anna and Liz
      August 29, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Jamie!

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    Mattie Scott
    August 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I always love your creative ideas. wish you good luck for more interesting work. πŸ™‚

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      by Anna and Liz
      August 29, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Matt! Have a great weekend!

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    Barbara Schieving
    August 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    So many fun ideas!

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      by Anna and Liz
      August 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

      thank you Barbara!

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    August 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I don't want to think about back to school quite yet but I have to! Having healthy and hearty food for kids with their busy days is so important to their wellbeing. These are great suggestions. They're all healthy but they're all a treat!

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      August 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      We hear ya Monica! Thanks for stopping by!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    September 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Wouldn't mind all of them myself! Great ideas, ladies!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    September 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Great collection of after school treats here! My only dilemma is that I know my kids will want every one of them; which to try first?!

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      September 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I hear ya Dan! Lol,… thanks for stopping by!

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    December 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    It’s important to give the kids a variety of food to eat to avoid it to become boring. Good post.

    • Reply
      December 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    October 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Great post, I think I'll try some of these ideas for myself since my kids are grown, and I love that fruit and cheese box you found at the supermarket!

    • Reply
      October 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Sue ! They caught my eye while shopping in the produce section and I thought they were ideal for busy moms. Right ? Anyway thank you for leaving a lovely comment! Enjoy!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    This post makes me want to go back to school … sort of! We adore hummus and that fruit tray is gorgeous. The salsa photo is really calling my name. All pictures are beautiful but that one stunning. Great ideas – great recipes!

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      October 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Tricia! I enjoy making these snacks for my teens and especially for my little grand babies every time I go up North to visit !

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      Tricia Buice
      September 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Still loving these recipes – and the pita pizzas are calling my name today!

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    Barbara Bakes
    October 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    My kids would have loved to come home to any of these delicious snacks.

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      October 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I know what you mean Barbara. It's funny, I still use the veggies with dip when family comes over for dinner. It holds them over so they pick at the food while I'm cooking.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    October 14, 2014 at 4:51 am

    These are great healthy snacks for anyone!

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      October 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      We agree! They are good for everyone! Have a great day.

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