Help kids bridge the hungry hours before dinnertime (and slip in a little extra nutrition) with healthy after-school snacks they'll actually eat.
The dipping sauce is protein-rich Greek yogurt sweetened with applesauce and flavored with a dash of almond extract and cinnamon.
This low-sugar salsa gets scooped up with high-fiber baked tortilla chips.
This quick and easy hummus doesn't use tahini. Mariah Lumley says, "Fantastic, quick, easy recipe - I also added paprika and lemon juice after reading the comments and it turned out delicious."
4. Carrot Chips
A healthy alternative to conventional chips. Change them up with a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon.
These crunchy chips are baked at a low temperature for 2 hours until dry and crisp. Store them in an airtight container for convenient snacking.
For crispier results, cut the veg as thin as you can. An inexpensive mandoline slicer will help speed the work.
Top tip: Add oil and seasonings after roasting the chickpeas to keep them crisp longer.
Cookies, Bars, and Bites
These popular gluten-free cookies are sweetened with bananas and dates.
For chewier bars, add 1/2 cup applesauce to the mix.
"It's not often that I find something everyone in my house loves. I can't keep these around. I'm constantly making them." - Camille Miller Shipley
Julie says, "The muffins taste great right from the oven, but are even better the next day—if they last that long! Kids love them and it's a good way to sneak fruits, veggies, and fiber into their diets."
12. Kid Muffins
Very moist and packed full of banana, carrot, raisins, and flax seeds. To help this dense batter bake up better, use a light touch when stirring the wet and dry ingredients together.
Extra bananas and lower sugar make these top-rated muffins a whole lot better for you, but they still taste great.
Use frozen bananas instead of ice cubes to make it super thick.
Spinach, avocado, and banana go for a spin with almond milk to create a tasty way to sneak in some healthy greens, beneficial fats, and potassium. (You're going to want some of this, too.) If the kids think drinking green things is gross, tell them it's Harry Potter's Polyjuice Potion.
Nope, not just for breakfast anymore. This smoothie rocks a good balance of protein, fiber, and fruit that'll keep kids satisfied all afternoon.
Tips for Smarter Snacking
- Get kids involved in choosing and prepping their own snacks so they'll be more likely to eat them.
- Make it easy to choose health over junk by keeping bags of cut fruits and vegetables front and center in the fridge.
- Prep tubs of healthy dips to last through the week.
- Make and freeze baked goods in batches, and defrost enough for the coming week. Easy freeze tip: Space them out on a baking sheet, freeze until hard, then store in bags.
- Bag up non-perishable healthy snacks for kids to take to after-school programs.
- Check out 10 tips for baking the best muffins ever.
- Healthy smoothies kids love.
- More healthy snack recipes.