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Farm Picked For You – Top Ten Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids

When your kids come home from school, they are always ready for a snack, right? But generally, the first snack children ask for is something full of processed ingredients. And coming up with healthy alternatives that they still love and want to eat every day isn’t always easy.  But don’t lose hope! Avoiding unhealthy, processed snacks doesn’t have to be hard. The team at Farm Picked For You came up with their top ten healthy alternatives that your kids will always look forward to eating for their after-school snacks!

 

We tried to find things that are easy to make and can be stored easily if made in advance.

1) Fresh Farm Picked, Organic Fruits and Veggies like the ones from FarmPickedForYou.com

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Melon
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples

 

 

2) Fruit dip

Make this super easy (and quick) dip to go with any of the fruit listed above. All you have to do is mix together the following ingredients! Store any leftovers in the fridge. Makes enough for 4-5 servings of fruit.

4 oz. Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1 teaspoon Sugar or Organic Honey

½ teaspoon Lemon Juice

¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3) Smoothies

Smoothies are easy to make.  Use the fruits from your FarmPicked4U.com Kids Box! Here is one of our favorite recipes:

Mouthwatering Orange, Strawberry, & Banana Smoothie (Makes about 1 serving)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup Organic Strawberries
  • 1 medium Organic Banana (chunks)
  • 2-3 Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all ingredients together until it’s an even consistency.

 

 

4) Smoothie Popsicles

(As far as after-school snacks go, this would be my son’s favorite!)

Put a healthy twist on the popsicles your children love. Make their favorite smoothie and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for a few hours and they are ready for your children to devour!

5) Super Easy Trail Mix

Trail mix is a very easy snack to prepare and is very versatile. You can add in your children’s favorite snacks as well as some healthy options like nuts, seeds, and sun-dried fruit.

Nuts: depending on how healthy you want: roasted, salted, or raw

Sun-Dried Fruit: many types of dried fruit is coated in sugar, try to find natural sun-dried fruit. It’s usually a little more expensive, but the health benefits are worth it.

Seeds: such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

Add a sprinkle of salt

The best part: chocolate chips, popcorn, M&M’s, etc.

Mix the ingredients you desire (or your children desire) into a bowl and serve.

 6) Cheese and Fruit Kabobs

Cut cheese and fruit into fun shapes using a small cookie cutter. Place on skewers, alternating between fruit and cheese, to make kabobs.

7) Guacamole with Whole-Grain Chips

Our easy, healthy, and kid-friendly guacamole recipe (with only 3 ingredients!) will soon be an afterschool favorite.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 ripe peeled avocados, halved and pitted
  2. 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1 tablespoon lime juice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scoop pulp from avocados; place in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, and mash with a fork until almost smooth.
  3. Stir in lime juice.

8) Ants on a Log

I remember making this in elementary school and the kids love it just as much today. Wash and cut celery into three or four-inch pieces. Spread organic peanut butter in the recessed side of the celery and then place raisins on the top. Get creative and make all sorts of variations. Replace the peanut butter with Nutella or a cream cheese spread. For a more savory snack use Chicken or Tuna Salad. The Raisin topping can be replaced with all sorts of things like cranberries, blueberries, goldfish snacks, nuts, or even wasabi! The possibilities are endless.

9) Homemade Granola Bars

This is a much better alternative to the granola bars you buy at the store. With less sugar, more nutrients, and organic ingredients, you can make this a healthy treat the kids will love!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Optional: salt and cinnamon, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the oats, almond butter, almonds, chocolate chips and honey in a medium size bowl. Stir until well combined. Add more honey if needed and salt and cinnamon, to taste.

Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to fall over the edges. Press the oat mixture into the pan.

Place in the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until firm. Remove paper from pan and then cut the large square in half. Then cut each half into 6 rectangles. Wrap bars individually with parchment paper or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

 

10) Frozen Yogurt Buttons

These cute buttons are delicious and healthy (plus they don’t take long to prepare!) But be careful not to have them out of the freezer too long before your children eat them because they tend to melt quickly.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Then place a Ziploc bag into a medium-sized cup and fold the top of the bag over the sides of the cup.

Next, fill the bag with any flavor of non-fat Greek yogurt.

Then remove the bag from the cup and cut off one corner (not too big of a cut or you’ll have yogurt everywhere).

Lightly squeeze the yogurt onto the cookie sheet making little button shapes.

Place in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours.

You can scrape off the buttons using a spatula.

Then place them in an air tight container and store in the freezer until they are ready to be eaten.

Mix in your favorite farm-picked fruits to make endless variations.

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