After-School Treats: 15 Clean Snacks for Kids


It’s every parent’s worst food-related nightmare. Children come barreling in the door after a long day of school, hungry for a snack. The only foods available that they’re willing to eat are potato chips, candy, and ice cream. Sound familiar? This is no way to cap off a long, hard day of learning one’s ABCs. This school year, be prepared for the onslaught of hungry kids with these clean snacks for kids that make perfect after-school munchies.

Clean snacks for kids are a great option because they are healthy and taste great. Kids love them, even if they do not come in a package with cartoon characters or in crazy colors. Packaged kid snack ideas are often very unhealthy, but if you get a little creative, your child will love eating clean. Allow our clean eating recipes to help you out! 

Our clean snacks for kids have been tried, tested, and approved by kids across the country!

15 Clean Snacks for Kids

1. Ants on a Log
Simple and classic. Just spread peanut butter on celery sticks and add raisins.

2. Fruit and Veggie Bugs
Smear peanut butter on a celery stick and decorate with fruit and vegetable slices. Thinly -sliced carrots make for great legs and antennae.

3. Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches
Kids love peanut butter sandwiches, but you may be reluctant to overdo it with too much bread. Try this fruity alternative.

4. Lemon Lime Popsicles
This recipe is perfect for hot summer days at the beginning or end of the school year.

5. Fruit Skewers
Cut up fruit and layer it in a rainbow on a barbecue stick. This is a fun way to serve fruit that kids will love.

6. Crispy Bananas with Peanut Butter
Rice Krispie treats are always a hit, but perhaps you’d rather skip the butter and marshmallows in the traditional recipe? Smear a banana with peanut butter and roll it in puffed rice cereal. Just be sure you choose a healthful cereal, free of sugar, corn syrup, and too many additives.

7. Cucumber Bites
Kids love these bite-sized cucumber treats smeared with hummus and topped with an almond.

8. Trail Mix
Try a variety of different recipes. Cranberries, walnuts, and almonds are usually a hit with kids.

9. Bananas, Clementines, and Kiwi 
Arrange the three cut-up fruits to look like a palm tree. Sometimes, the presentation is what matters to kids. They’ll love this tropical treat.

10. Greek Yogurt with Fruit and Walnuts
Jazz up your usual yogurt with all things crunchy and sweet!

11. Banana Boats with peanut butter and pecans
Slice a banana in half lengthwise, spread it with peanut butter, and sprinkle it with pecan pieces. When you reassemble the slices, it will only partially close, creating the shape of a boat.

12. Turkey Vegetable Roll-ups
Want to add more protein to your child’s diet? Wrap some turkey and veggies with a tortilla.

13. Quinoa Protein Bars

This recipe tastes just as good as store bought granola bars, but it is much healthier.

14. Bean Dip for Veggies
Have a little dipper in your family? Give this recipe a try.

15. Individual Servings of Veggies and Dip
Another option is to serve veggies and dip in individual serving cups. Kids love to have their own personal snacks, and this is a great way to get them to eat their veggies with enthusiasm.

These clean snacks for kids make easy and healthy after-school treats for your little ones. Next time they come barreling through the door with rumbling tummies, ward off their hunger with one of these healthy snacks before they even think to ask for processed snacks and sweets. We guarantee they’ll love the way that they taste, and they’ll keep them full and energized until dinner time! 

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  1. Our grand daughter eats most veggies raw rather than cooked. She loves raw green beans, celery and carrots and will choose these rather than candy and other snacks. Guess she gets that from staying with us.

  2. I know in the quinoa bars that you use dates, that and raisins are not something I really care for…can you substitute the dates with something else? Thank you the recipe looks reall6 good

    1. Carolyn, You could try another dried fruit, maybe apricots. I’ve never used anything other than dates. FYI: You really
      don’t taste the dates in the recipe. 🙂

  3. Im so glad I came upon ur website! I just signed up! I’ve been trying to give up sugar, I’m so addicted and it’s hindering my weight loss? I’ve been working out for about a year now but I can’t seem to rid of the last 10lbs!! And I know it’s all due to my sugar addiction. I plan to follow ur steps and hope for the best!

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