School Is Back in Session: Ten Easy (and Healthy) Back-to-School Snacks

Make your own granola bars for a healthy and delicious after-school snack.
Make your own granola bars for a healthy and delicious after-school snack.
Photo by Molly Dunn

Summer is over and the kids are going back to school, which means parents are going to need some tasty treats to serve their kids after school. I know when I was in elementary, middle and high school I was ALWAYS hungry when 3:00 came around. It is easy for kids to grab a bag of chips from the vending machine, or eat a plain granola bar when they want something to eat after a long day at school, but where's the fun in that?

Parents, here are ten after school snacks you can easily make for your kids when their grumbling tummies are searching for something to eat. Oh and they are quite nutritious as well.

10. Homemade Granola Bars

If you want to give your kids an updated version of a regular snack, make homemade granola bars rather than the store bought kind. You can eliminate a lot of the added hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup found in factory-made granola bars by making delicious and nutritious versions at home. Make the bar out of old-fashion oats, nuts, a couple tablespoons of oil, salt, brown sugar, honey and vanilla extract, then add any combination of dried fruit like cranberries, cherries or raisins and a little extra sweetness from peanut butter chips, chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.

Cream cheese, walnuts and pear slices go perfectly with raisin bread.
Cream cheese, walnuts and pear slices go perfectly with raisin bread.
Photo by jeffreyw

9. Raisin Bread Sandwiches with Pears, Walnuts and Cream Cheese

I loved cream cheese sandwiches as a kid and I still do to this day. My mom could spread strawberry cream cheese onto a slice of white bread, fold it in half and I would be a very happy kid. But, this recipe is an updated version of that simple (but oh so delicious) snack. Take two slices of raisin bread, then spread low-fat cream cheese on both sides, top one slice with sliced pears and the other slice with chopped walnuts. Stick the two slices together and cut into triangles. The sweetness from the raisin bread and pears combined with the soft cream cheese and crunchy walnuts is a fun, tasty snack your kids will love.

8. Capri Sun Popsicles

OK, I'm in my twenties and think these things are the coolest popsicles ever. Because it is still hot outside and will be for a bit longer, popsicles are a wonderful after school snack. Capri Sun is clear, so when you pour it into a popsicle mold, then add sliced fruit, like kiwis, halved blueberries, strawberries, etc., it looks like the fruit is floating in the popsicle. Match the fruit with the flavor of the Capri Sun. You can make these after your kids go to school, so when they come home they will have a beautiful popsicle waiting for them in the freezer.

7. Celery Sticks

Yes, celery sticks by themselves are possibly the most bland thing to feed your kids, but that's where fun toppings come into play. As a child, I always loved topping my celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins to make the infamous ants-on-a-log treat, or simply adding a layer of cream cheese into the well of the celery sticks. You can also add a slice of cheese and wrap turkey meat or ham around each celery stick. Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables can be difficult, but when they get to "play" with their food, it makes things much easier.

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