28 Healthy After-School Snacks That Even Picky Eaters Will Gobble Up

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28 Easy, Filling After-School Snack RecipesSteve Giralt; Prop stylist: Megan Hedgpeth; Food styling: WD Food Dept

Whether you have a teen, toddler, or grade-schooler in the house, all kids are hungry when they get home from school. Alas, finding healthy and easy-to-make snacks to eat after a long day in the classroom — that are filling, but not too filling before dinner — can be a real struggle for parents, especially if they're dealing with picky eaters and moody teenagers. Enter our list of the best after-school snacks for kids, which has quick and easy snack ideas for everybody (even adults).

Theseeasy homemade snacks range from savory classics with a twist, like ranch popcorn and hummus crackers, to sweet treats with a healthier spin on them (think fresh-fruit slushies and apple nachos). Some of these after-school snack recipes require three ingredients or less while others can be whipped up in five minutes — after all, we know parents are also busy meal-prepping healthy weeknight dinners for the family. These dips, bars, frozen treats, and snack mixes also make great party appetizers to serve at family functions or simple desserts to enjoy after digging into a lighter dinner. You can even pack these snacks up in your kid's lunch box so they can enjoy the leftovers at school the next day.

So, what are you waiting for? Try these creative after-school snack recipes and get ready to add them all to your family's favorite recipes list.

Blue Wave Smoothie Bowl

Fruit turtles, mermaids, crabs, and submarines atop a flavor-packed spirulina smoothie bowl — who would say no to that?

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Celery Snails & Caterpillars

These adorable snacks take ants on a log to the next level.

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Apple Nachos

The perfect after-school snack to celebrate making it through another week.

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PB&J Bars

A healthy after school treat that is so much better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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Peach Melba Pops

The perfect snack to cool off after a hot day in the schoolyard.

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Ranch Popcorn

Three ingredients are all you need to take your popcorn from meh to WOW.

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Apple Energy Balls

Whip up a big batch of these energy balls that your kids can eat on the way home from school or before sports practice.

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Fruit and Nut Bars

You can make these fruit and nut bars ahead of time and refrigerate for the next couple of days.

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Soft Pretzels

Your kids will be the first ones off the bus with the promise of warm soft pretzels waiting for them at home for an after-school snack.

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Snack Mix

You'll never opt for the storebought version again after trying our beyond-delicious (and oh-so easy!) take on a snacking classic.

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Crispy Chickpeas

Skip the prepackaged cheddar crackers and chips and stick with these savory crispy chickpeas.

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Apple Chips

Apple chips from the store can be really expensive. You can make a tastier version at home with two simple ingredients.

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Broccoli and Cheddar Rollups

Forget store-bought Hot Pockets. You can make these broccoli and cheddar rollups and keep them in the freezer for up to a month before serving them.

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Carrot Cake Bites

These carrot cake bites are a no-bake treat that you can make in just 25 minutes.

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Frozen Tropical Fruit Kebabs

A fun way to eat more fruit? Slice it, stick it in the freezer on skewers, and drizzle your favorite chocolate over it.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Ditch the messiness that is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and make them into bite-sized muffins instead.

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Hawaiian Fresh Fruit Salad

With just a few fresh ingredients (you probably have on hand) you can make a snack the kids will want to eat time and time again.

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Who said waffles can't be snacks? These tiny waffle-cupcake hybrids can be topped with any fruit you have in the fridge and yogurt for a healthy snack.

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Gummy Lobsters

So candy and cookies might not be the healthiest after-school snack, but these cute crustacean cookies are a super-fun project and treat in one.

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Cheddar, Zucchini & Scallion Muffins

Savory muffins make a great protein-packed snack.

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Chocolate-Dipped Clementines

These dipped orange segments hit all the sweet and salty notes your kids crave.

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Hummus Crackers

This homemade hummus snack is just 65 calories per serving and adds an array of flavors to plain crackers.

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Summer Melon Slushies

Kids love fruit slushies (and you'll love that these are made from real whole fruit).

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Rhubarb Twists

These rhubarb twists are such a good option for a grab-and-go snack that kids will actually enjoy eating. Plus, it's a great way to get them an extra serving of vegetables (yes, rhubarb is a vegetable!).

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Broccoli Artichoke Dip

This healthy veggie dip is literally packed full of veggies, and is a great way to get kids their servings of important vitamins and fiber.

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Pigs in Blankets

Busy hands are great for finger foods, making these pigs in a blanket perfect for an afternoon snack and a good source of protein.

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Brownie Bites

These are not your average brownies. With ingredients like pumpkin puree, banana, and almond butter, your kids will love these sweet cheats made just a bit healthier.

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Cookie Garden

Cute, right? Try making this edible craft with your kids, and let them enjoy the treat when you're done. Here's how:

  1. For the petals, cut colored licorice twists crosswise into ¼ inch pieces so they look like gears.

  2. To make stems, cut green licorice twists crosswise into 1-inch segments, then halve each segment lengthwise, continuing until you have thin slices.

  3. Arrange different flower cluster combinations, then use a toothpick dipped in light corn syrup to glue each petal and stem to chocolate wafer cookies.

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