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 clean-eating afterschool snacks.
Clean eating 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 eating ideas have been tried, tested, and approved by kids across the country!
Clean-Eating Afterschool Snacks
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 antenna.
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 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 with kids. They’ll love this tropical treat.
10. Greek Yogurt with Fruit and Walnuts
Jazz up your usual yogurt with things crunchy and sweet!
11. Banana Boats with peanut butter and pecans
Slice a banana in half length-wise, spread it with peanut butter and sprinkle it with pecan pieces. When you reassemble the slices, it will only partially close, creating the look 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 of something and this is a great way to get them to eat their veggies with enthusiasm.
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