25 ideas for Healthy After-School Snacks

January 20, 2024   15 Comments

These 25 ideas for healthy after-school snacks will stop you from scratching your head when your kids run in the door.

Healthy After School Snacks

If you don't have kids and work outside the home check out my list of Best Healthy Office Snacks.

I love this list of snacks because all of us have most of the ingredients in our pantry (or we can get them easily). Also, a teenager can easily make themselves any of the snacks on the easy list and the more complicated snacks with recipes (below the obvious list).

The perfect snack is a combination of fruit or vegetable and protein around 150 calories. Not all of these are perfect like apples and peanut butter but they come pretty close.

Obviously, we don't want our kids grabbing chips, soda, or candy as a snack every day. That is what they are going to ask for but we have to be creative and give them something they will like as much as junk food. This is a super tall order because it means that someone is going to have to prepare something as opposed to opening a bag.

I get how opening a bag is easier than spreading peanut butter on an apple especially when you are hungry and tired. But you can do it!

Healthy after-school snacks are completely achievable once you get into the habit of not eating crap.

My kids are always changing what they want after school. My son recently asked me for ramen noodles (not healthy) but I am trying to figure out a way to make them into a healthy snack. Add an egg and some broccoli? Why not? Add only half the sodium? It could work!

The most important factor is not giving up because if your children are anything like mine, they constantly demand fast food, chips, cookies, and ice cream. Do I give them these things? Of course! But not every day and not after school.

Good luck with this list of snacks and tell me how it goes!

Below is a list of 25 easy and healthy after-school snacks plus 12 more complicated recipes for healthy snacks.

  1. Plain or flavored yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced fruit and granola
  2. Whole grain cereals or oatmeal, dry or with milk, yogurt, or raisins
  3. Trail mix or healthy granola bars and fruit bars (look for high fiber and no trans fats)
  4. Peanut butter sandwich with raspberry jam and cashews
  5. Chocolate graham crackers with peanut butter
  6. Quesadillas (melted cheese on whole wheat tortillas)
  7. Rice cakes, plain or topped with peanut butter or cheese
  8. Popcorn, homemade or store bought (look for brand that is low in sodium and fat)
  9. Tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole or topped with shredded cheese and put under broiler
  10. Muffins or breads, such as banana, pumpkin, corn, or zucchini (you can make a healthy batch and freeze them)
  11. Mini-bagels with cream cheese and sliced cucumbers
  12. Hummus dip with pita, crackers or veggies
  13. Sliced avocados with wheat crackers
  14. Hard-boiled eggs
  15. Celery filled with cream cheese, Boursin cheese, or peanut butter
  16. Edamame in the shell, sprinkled lightly with sea salt
  17. Chickpeas or other beans, eaten with fingers or toothpicks
  18. Olives, pickles, canned artichokes or hearts of palm
  19. Frozen peas (not thawed!)
  20. Apple slices with cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips, or honey
  21. Fruit Kabobs (Cut fruit on a stick and dipped in vanilla yogurt)
  22. Smoothies: combine fresh and/or frozen fruit, fruit juice and yogurt or soy milk
  23. Dried fruit such as mango, apricots, raisins, plums
  24. Ice cream cone or waffle bowl filled with yogurt and chopped fruit
  25. Bananas and/or strawberries with semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate syrup

1. Peanut Butter and Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe


Get the recipe here: Peanut Butter and Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Get the recipe here: Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Get the recipe here: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

4. Banana Peanut Butter Waffledillas

Get the recipe here: Banana Peanut Butter Waffledillas

5. Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes Recipe

Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

Get the recipe here: Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

6. Waffle Iron Banana Bread

Get the recipe here: Waffle Iron Banana Bread

7. Fruit and Nut Bars

Get the recipe here: Fruit and Nut Bar Recipe

8. One Minute Waffle Iron Baked Apples

Get the recipe here: One Minute Waffle Iron Baked Apples

9. Pumpkin Dip for Apples

Get the recipe here: Pumpkin Dip for Apples Recipe

10. Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Get the recipe here: Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding Recipe

11. No Bake Vegan Brownies

Get the recipe here: No Bake Vegan Brownies Recipe

12. Homemade Granola

Get the recipe here: Homemade Granola Recipe

Please share you after-school snack ideas.

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What a great list! I have 3 kids who are always STARVING when they get home. I'm going to print this list out and tell them to pick the ones they think they'll like the most and that will be their snack choices. Thanks for the idea!

Great snack ideas. I have incorporated many into my 93 lbs weight loss. An even better benefit of my weight loss is how it has transformed how my daughter eats. By learning this early she will hopefully have fewer weight issues than her dad has had!

I love it!!!!!!!!!!

thank you so much for the ideas. thanks also for all your work on the weight watchers pointsplus you figured out as i have just started the plan.

I love your posts, I have the same appetite and from a young age ive loved food and had a fast motabalsim but as im now 18 i know it'll slow down sooner or later, but my appetite hasnt !! so Im looking into healthy food and cooking everything from scratch, I take my own lunches to work ect but snacks was the bit i stumbled on.

Thankyou !!

Thanks for the ideas. Great, guilt-free snacks

The kids that I babysit love eating Yocrunch yogurt and the parents totally approve. The kids love that they get to choose what flavor and love the greek yogurt, which helps to provide them with extra protein

Looking for more healthy after school snacks

I make a WW friendly "ice cream" sandwich using 2 graham cracker squares, a couple of tablespoons of fat free redi whip and then I add a couple of thin slices of banana. I wrap them up and freeze them and then can grab them whenever I want a quick snack. Super yummy.

Donna E, great idea with the graham cracker sandwich. I'm on it!

Wow! You just us 37 healthy snack ideas for anyone who is hungry! I’d like to add one more. Open face peanut butter sandwich topped with fruit

thank how wonderful, for me & my family.



I recently discovered that you can pop your own microwave popcorn without any oil. You use a microwave safe glass bowl that that you can fully cover with a plate. Toss in 1/4 to 1/2 cup plain kernels, no butter or oil needed. Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the popping slows just the way you do with store-bought bags. Viola! Complely plain popcorn. Careful, the bowl will be hot, and it will steam when you remove the lid. (Do that fast so it won't get soggy) I like to spray mine with olive oil and sprinkle with pink Himalayan salt. No funky tasting chemicals needed!

Ooo frozen not thawed peas.. why not thawed?

Thanks for this list and the recipes. Good for people of all ages!! 2 more thoughts: Snack Girl’s baked oatmeal is great even cold in the afternoon. And, nut butter and sprouts are great between rice crackers as is melted cheese plus sprouts. Thank you for reminding us that afternoon snacks can be real food!!!

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