School’s back in session, and if you’re a parent, you know what that means – time to get preparing those early morning breakfasts, packed lunches, and after-school snacks. And while some parents may find this exciting, others find it a little daunting. But we’re here to help reduce some of your kitchen-related stress by rounding up 17 super-healthy, homemade snacks that your kids will love and that you don’t have to feel guilty about. It’s a win-win!
17 healthy after-school snacks that your kids will actually like
Smoothie BowlThey’re all the rage on Instagram, and soon they’re gonna be all the rage in your kitchen after school. As tasty to eat as they are beautiful to look at, these nourishing smoothie bowls are a great way to give your child their daily dose of fruit. And don’t forget about those superfood toppings - coconut flakes, goji berries, and pepitas.
RECIPE: Smoothie BowlPhoto courtesy of eatingrichly.com
Strawberry Fruit Roll UpWhy spend money on store-bought fruit roll-ups that are loaded with artificial sugar (and other highly questionable ingredients) when you can make your own healthy ones at home? These sticky snacks rely on the natural sugars from fresh strawberries and honey to give them their deliciously sweet taste. Don’t forget the wet wipes!
RECIPE: Strawberry Fruit Roll UpPhoto courtesy of onesweetappetite.com
Sweet Potato Egg Wrap BitesBoth eggs and sweet potatoes are considered to be superfoods for children , making these wrap bites a total home run in the health department. With the addition of some savoury sausage and perhaps a dollop of peanut butter and jelly on the side, these simple snacks are sure to become a favourite in your house.
RECIPE: Sweet Potato Egg Wrap Bites Photo courtesy of theleangreenbean.com
Juicy Grape PopsWho says popsicles are just for summer? Snacks as yummy as these should be a year-round occasion! Forget the fake colours and flavours of the store-bought freezies, these frozen goodies use just one ingredient – fruit! This recipe calls for grapes, but feel free to use whatever fruit your child likes the most.
RECIPE: Juicy Grape PopsPhoto courtesy of superhealthykids.com
Pitta Bread PizzaNothing gets kids more excited than pizza – especially mini pizza! These fun little snacks can be as dressed up or plain as you’d like. For a light after-school nibble, throw on a couple veggies and you’re set. For a post-soccer practice snack, add some meat or cheese for an extra boost of energy.
RECIPE: Pitta Bread PizzaPhoto courtesy of myfussyeater.com
Kitty Rice CakesLooking for a creative way to sneak more veggies into your child’s diet? Try disguising them as kittens! These rice cakes make for a nutritious and fun snack that your child won’t be able to resist. For all the parents out there with picky eaters, this one’s purr-fect for you (we couldn’t resist).
RECIPE: Kitty Rice CakesPhoto courtesy of amummytoo.co.uk
Sandwich Sushi RollSushi is a fantastic snack idea for kids because it’s both super healthy and super fun to eat. But raw fish tends not to be such a big seller with the younger ones. That’s where these bite-sized sandwich sushi rolls come in handy. All the fun and all the nutrition without the sashimi.
RECIPE: Sandwich Sushi RollPhoto courtesy of eatingrichly.com
Fruit and Yogurt ParfaitIt looks as good as an ice cream sundae, it tastes as good as an ice cream sundae, but it’s a lot healthier than an ice cream sundae – what more can we say? The kids are gonna love it! Top it off with a sprinkling of nuts for that extra boost of protein and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded snack you won’t feel guilty about serving seconds of.
RECIPE: Fruit and Yogurt ParfaitPhoto courtesy of eatingrichly.com
Sandwich Wrap KabobsWhen it comes to kids, anything that’s served up on a stick is instantly more appealing. That’s why these fun kabobs make for an ideal after-school snack. Just load them up with fresh veggies and your lunch meat of choice. If the stick isn’t enough to temp your child, try adding some ranch dip on the side.
RECIPE: Sandwich Wrap KabobsPhoto courtesy of forkandbeans.com
Cheesy Carrot CrackersUnlike their store-bought counterparts, these cheesy snack crackers don’t get their striking colour from artificial chemicals and preservatives. Instead, they use only four simple (and real) ingredients to get that beautiful orange hue. The best part? One of them is a vegetable – shhh, the kids don’t need to know!
RECIPE: Cheesy Carrot CrackersPhoto courtesy of superhealthykids.com
Salted Caramel PopcornDespite it having a bad rap as junk food, popcorn is in fact quite a healthy snack option for children (and parents, too!) thanks to its high fibre content. While plain popcorn is the best choice, this recipe goes one step further by coating it in a tasty homemade salted caramel sauce.
RECIPE: Salted Caramel PopcornPhoto courtesy of fitmittenkitchen.com
Green Bean FriesAlthough they’re a bit more labour intensive than stopping at the nearest fast food joint and grabbing an order of fries, they’re totally worth it. Rather than packing on the salt, these green bean fries get their flavour from breadcrumbs, hummus and parmesan cheese. Healthy meals over happy meals!
RECIPE: Green Bean FriesPhoto courtesy of theleangreenbean.com
Strawberry Yogurt SmoothieProbiotics are essential in building up children’s immune systems, but ensuring your child gets enough isn’t always easy, and that’s where smoothies come in. Blend together some probiotic-rich yogurt with a bit of fresh fruit and voila – a refreshing after-school snack that tastes great and keeps the doctor away!
RECIPE: Strawberry Yogurt SmoothiePhoto courtesy of simmerandsauce.com
Goldfish CrackersYou can find store-bought goldfish crackers swimming around almost every child’s lunch box in school – but that doesn’t mean they’re a healthy choice. Switch from those highly-processed crackers to these homemade ones that use only natural ingredients for the same great taste without the harmful additives!
RECIPE: Goldfish CrackersPhoto courtesy of mamanatural.com
Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy BallsMost children’s snacks you can find in the grocery aisles are chock full of fast-burning carbs – the opposite of what kids need. These little energy balls on the other hand use the slow-burning carbs from oats to keep your child hustling and bustling throughout the day. No sugar crash guaranteed!
RECIPE: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls Photo courtesy of thenymelrosefamily.com
Medjool Date Apple Oat BarsDates are an amazing source of natural sugar that provide slow-burning energy – just what the little ones need! And while dates on their own may not tempt your child, mix them in with some rolled oats, nut butter, and apple pie spice and you’ve got yourself one kid-approved snack bar.
RECIPE: Medjool Date Apple Oat BarsPhoto courtesy of fitmittenkitchen.com
Oven Baked Potato ChipsThe ol’ reliable of children’s snack foods. Bagged potato chips may be a classic, but if it’s your child’s wellbeing you have in mind, you may want to swap out the store-bought for this homemade oven-baked version instead. A simple sprinkling of sea salt is all they need to keep your kids coming back for more.
RECIPE: Oven Baked Potato ChipsPhoto courtesy of superhealthykids.com