10 Easy and Healthy After-School Snacks

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Making after-school snacks doesn’t have to be tedious

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Once you pick your kids up from school and get them home, you probably go straight into dinner mode. While getting dinner on the table is a must, we’re pretty sure your kids are already hungry right after a long day in the classroom. The good thing is that you don’t have to make them an extravagant meal — just throw together some simple dishes that they can snack on. There are tons of quick and healthy recipes to choose from. Some snack recipes are even make-ahead, so you can just take them out of the fridge when you get home.

10 Easy and Healthy After-School Snacks

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Once you pick your kids up from school and get them home, you probably go straight into dinner mode. While getting dinner on the table is a must, we’re pretty sure your kids are already hungry right after a long day in the classroom. The good thing is that you don’t have to make them an extravagant meal — just throw together some simple dishes that they can snack on. There are tons of quick and healthy recipes to choose from. Some snack recipes are even make-ahead, so you can just take them out of the fridge when you get home.

Amazing Black Bean Brownies

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Don't be scared by the black beans — the brownies are delicious even with them. I may never go back to normal brownies again. This recipe uses syrup, but you can also substitute honey.

For the Amazing Black Bean Brownies recipe, click here.

Apple Turtle

These turtles, made of grapes and Granny Smith apples, will delight even the pickiest of eaters. They’re a healthy and simple snack to make your kids after school.

For the Apple Turtle recipe, click here.

Apple Wedge Dessert

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Apples are a great food to include in your kids' diets. Not only do they taste great, but they’re a good source of fiber, they have powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation, and they promote optimal digestion! I love that apples are low in price and you can get them all year round. — Amy Roskelley

For the Apple Wedge Dessert recipe, click here.

Crock-Pot Hot Fruit Salad

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My old-fashioned fruit salad is convenient to make in the slow cooker when your oven and stovetop are occupied with other dishes. Before you get started with dinner, make this simple Crock-Pot dish so your kids can enjoy a warm and delicious after-school snack. It’s also perfect alongside roasted meats, or even served over pound cake for dessert. –Taste of Home

For the Crock-Pot Hot Fruit Salad recipe, click here.

Grape, Cheddar, and Jicama Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce

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Here's a delicious, fun-to-make snack that's a great way to involve the kids in the kitchen. The best part is there's no actual cooking involved. After school, have your kids wash their hands and get in the kitchen to help make their after-school bites.

For the Grape, Cheddar, and Jicama Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

Mushroom Purée with Chips

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Mushroom stems are the first thing to go into the trash when prepping mushrooms, but they actually yield a lot of that deep earthy flavor that people love from mushrooms. This mushroom chip recipe makes use of the entire mushroom, and is a healthy alternative to a serving of potato chips and dip. — David Burke

For the Mushroom Puree with Chips recipe, click here.

Perfect Guacamole

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Guacamole is the perfect after-school snack for kids. They get to devour delicious avocados and have some crunchy chips. Put chips in front of children and they’re bound to be happy.

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Raspberry Oat Bars

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This simple recipe combines the goodness of hearty oats, the sweetness of raspberry, and the scent of cinnamon to tie it all together. One batch can serve a crowd or be parceled out through the week as an after-school snack or a better-for-you dessert. If you prefer, you can substitute another fruit jam flavor. — Marlene Koch

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Turkey Nachos

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Feel free to mix up the ingredients in this recipe — substitute black beans for the pintos or use halved cherry tomatoes and fresh jalapeños in the pico de gallo. It’s a quick snack to whip up a few hours before dinner, and I bet your kids won’t even notice the turkey.

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Turkey Pinwheels

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Whether you’re looking for something new to pack in your child’s lunchbox or an after-school snack, this recipe from Tessemae’s All Natural is a must-try. You only need four ingredients and a few minutes of prep work to make this wholesome and satisfying snack. Best of all, it can be made up to one day in advance.

For the Turkey Pinwheels recipe, click here.