Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

August 31st, 2011

When your child comes home from school, chances are he or she is hungry and ready for a snack. It is easy for your child to grab junk food such as cookies, pizza pockets, chips, etc.  How about switching it up and making a healthy and fun snack instead? Here are some great ideas:

  1. Layered Fruit Fun: In an ice cream cone, layer cut-up fruit (such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches or bananas) with vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt.  Add a layer of granola or crushed graham cracker for a little crunch.
  2. Effortless Apple Crisp: Stir 2 tablespoons of crushed cinnamon crunchy granola bars and a dash of cinnamon into an applesauce cup. 
  3. Frozen Banana Crunch:  Slice a banana into four pieces, cover pieces with yogurt and sprinkle each piece with a crushed low-sugar cereal.  Wrap them in waxed paper or aluminum foil and place in the freezer.
  4. Fire Ants on a Log: A twist on the original ants on a log: take a piece of celery and cover the top with peanut butter. Add dried cranberries to the top as your fire ants.


Want something quick or on-the-go? Here are some tasty ideas:

  1. Monkey Bars granola bars
  2. Wheat Thins with peanut butter, almond butter or soy butter
  3. Angie’s Kettle Corn with a handful of grapes
  4. Kashi TLC soft-baked cereal bars
  5. String cheese and an apple

Remember the golden rule, parents: It is your job to decide what foods are served, when they are served and where they are served.  It is important to offer a variety of foods every day.  The child has a job too – he/she decides which foods to eat and how much to eat. If your child gets used to choosing healthy foods, he/she is much more likely to be a healthy individual down the road. And remember to make healthy eating FUN!


-          Greta Farley, RD, LD, CLT

Your Worthington Hy-Vee registered dietitian

One Response to “Healthy After-School Snack Ideas”

  1. Thanks for this helpful thread!

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