Summer’s been fun, but a new school year is just around the corner. This means uniforms, the smell of new supplies and the return of the three o’clock snack. You’ve done your best to upgrade to healthier snack choices in the past, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas that are tasty, healthy and appetizing to children. Whether you’re looking for treats that are savory or sweet, snacks to take on the go or something to tide everyone over until soccer practice has finished and dinner’s on the table, we’ve got a list of easy and healthy snack ideas for you to try.
1. Rainbow Skewers: What’s more fun than rainbows? Food on a stick! Even the pickiest kids will gladly devour these color coordinated treats, and there’s room to improvise based on your child’s preferences, like cantaloupe instead of clementines. (via Coupons)
2. Veggie Wraps: Fun shapes make anything more palatable to kids (Jell-O Jigglers, anybody?), so stuff a whole wheat wrap with lots of protein and fresh vegetables, then roll it up and cut into small slices. Pinwheels for the whole family! (via Cooking Matters)
3. Energy Balls: These bites are quick to make, can be prepared ahead of time if you’re always rushed after work, and offer countless variations for mix-ins and substitutions. Basically, they let you take care of everyone’s dietary restrictions and taste preferences. Oh, and they’re delicious. (via Jill Velicer)
4. No Bean Paleo Pumpkin “Hummus”: This pumpkin hummus is rich and creamy, not to mention a perfect way to use up all the pumpkin that floats around during the fall months. Skip the chips and serve with cut-up peppers, carrots or zucchini for an added serving of vegetables. (via The Paleo Mama)
6. Roasted Chickpeas: A handful of roasted chickpeas are a great snack for those times when you’re craving a little crunch. All you need is oil and whatever seasonings appeal to you and your brood, and you’ll have a treat that’s both hearty and satisfying. (via The Daily Hiit)
9. Fruit Snacks: These homemade fruit snacks consist of three ingredients: fruit, honey and gelatin. That’s it — no added preservatives, no extra sugars. Make a big batch on Sunday and serve ’em throughout the week! (Thank Your Body)
10. Kale Chips: Kale chips are nice and crispy, especially right out of the oven, and make a healthy alternative to potato chips and other processed snacks. Stick with salt and pepper as a basic seasoning, or try some paprika if your family is into spicier foods. (via My Flourish Magazine)
11. Baked Apple Chips: Instead of purchasing pre-packaged apple chips, make your own at home. You can control the amount you make and the flavorings you add, and, as a bonus, the house will smell absolutely wonderful. (via Delighted Momma)
12. Baked Zucchini Chips: If baked fruit isn’t your thing, try baked vegetables instead. These chips are light and airy, and since they’re made from zucchini you don’t have to feel guilty about letting the kids eat a whole bowlful. (via Vittles and Bits)
What healthy treats do you like to give your kids after school? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook!