5 Easy Recipes for Healthy After-School Snacks

After-school snacks

The kids are hungry, and you’re pressed for time. A bag of chips or a candy bar is convenient, but you want a better option for their growing bodies and minds. What’s a busy parent to do?

With a little bit of planning — and not a lot of money — you can whip up a week’s worth of quick and healthy kids’ snacks over the weekend. Older kids can take on some of these easy recipes for themselves and their siblings after school.

Honeyed chickpeas after-school snacks

These are salty and sweet — just as a snack should be.

Honeyed chickpeas after-school snacks ingredients

Canned Chickpeas + Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper + Honey

Drain canned chickpeas. Drizzle chickpeas with olive oil. Toss with salt and pepper. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, tossing a couple of times, or until they get a bit crispy. Remove from oven and toss with a couple of tablespoons of honey.

Sweet potato fries after-school snacks

An excellent source of vitamin A, sweet potatoes make better-for-you fries than regular russets.

Sweet potato fries after-school snacks ingredients

Sweet Potato + Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper

Slice sweet potato into thick sticks. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss with salt and pepper. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

Apple donuts after-school snacks

Kids who crave something sweet after school are sure to love these. They will never look at apples the same way again!

Apple donuts after-school snacks ingredients

Apple + Cream Cheese + Chopped Nuts + Mini Chocolate Chips

Slice an apple into 1/2-inch-thick slides. Use a melon baller or sharp knife to carve out the cores of the slices. Spread with a thin layer of cream cheese. Sprinkle with chopped nuts of your choice and chocolate chips.

Fro-yo grapes after-school snacks

Grapes are a great snack on their own. But they become something special when dressed up with yogurt and sprinkles.

Fro-yo grapes after-school snacks ingredients

Grapes + Yogurt + Sprinkles

Stick toothpicks in grapes. Dip grapes in yogurt and then sprinkles. Freeze for at least 10 minutes.

Buy pre-sliced turkey and your kids’ favorite cheese for these easy-to-eat roll-ups.

Turkey and cheese rolls after-school snacks ingredients

Sliced Turkey + Sliced Cheese + Pretzel Sticks

Stack turkey on cheese and carefully roll. Skewer with a pretzel stick.

Bonus: In addition to these five recipes, we have a video for making homemade granola bars, which also make delicious and nutritious after-school snacks.