18 Easy (and Healthy) Back to School Snack Ideas


By Rachel Wells

Going back to school means getting back into a routine. Part of that back to school routine includes preparing healthy lunches and snacks. If your child acts as if they just may not survive without a snack the second they get home, this list was made for you.

There is a recipe on this list for every child, whether they are in the mood for a sweet snack, like Greek yogurt fruit dip, a savory snack, like bell pepper nachos, or something unique, like sweet and salty apple slices. All of these snack ideas are simple, kid friendly, healthy, and take only a few minutes to prepare.

Next time your child is asking for a snack to eat, try some of the ideas below. Even the pickiest eaters are sure to find a snack from the list they love, and want to eat again and again.

  • Sweet and Salty Apply Slices – Top apple slices with hazelnut spread and crumbled up pretzel pieces.
  • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs – Skewer fruit and cheese slices on wooden kabobs.
  • Smoothies
  • Mini Fruit Pizza – Spread cream cheese on top of a graham cracker and add fruit on top.
  • Popcorn
  • Veggies and Pretzel Sticks with Ranch
  • Rice Cakes – Spread peanut butter and bananas on top of salted rice cakes.
  • Zucchini Muffins
  • Bell Pepper Nachos – Cut peppers into strips (remove the seeds), cover the strips with shredded cheese and melt in the microwave. Top with corn, black beans, or sour cream.
  • Dried Fruit
  • Trail Mix – For a no nut version combine Chex cereal, cheerios, pepitas, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, and dried fruit.
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Ants on a Log – Fill celery pieces with peanut butter and add raisins on top.
  • Fruit Salsa – Combine cut up peaches, kiwi, mango, and strawberries with a little bit of lemon juice and strawberry jam. Dip with cinnamon graham crackers.
  • Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip – Combine 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until well blended and enjoy on fruit (berries and apples work great).
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups – In a blender combine 3 cups of berries, 3 tablespoons of honey, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice until well blended. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the blended fruit on top as thin as possible. Put the pan in the oven for 4-6 hours (at 140-170 degrees) to dehydrate. Remove from the oven, cool, and cut into strips.
  • Pizza Toast – Lightly toast a slice of bread, top with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni (optional), then put in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese.

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