Back to school is coming up soon and parents are searching for great ideas for after school snacks. We have collected the top 10 after school snack ideas from around the web. We kept it really healthy with great choices. A big part of having kids eat healthy is by making the snacks fun. An easy way to jazz up basic snacks is through cookie cutters. Use shapes that you know your child will love and you will be surprised at what they eat.

1. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches

These cute snacks are packed with protein for lasting energy. Sprinkle on dried fruit to bump up the nutrition. These are fast and easy to make.

2. Veggies and Dip

 Carrots are a great snack for little fingers. While they are boring on their own, flavorful dip will coax your child to eat them. Caesar or ranch dressing are a perfect option.

3. Hummus and Vegetables

 While hummus is not for everyone, it can be very popular with children. Let them choose what flavor they want the dip to be. Chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber.

4. Cheese and Crackers

A classic snack, the cheese and crackers are underrated. Change the flavors up with different types of cheese and different brands of crackers. A cute addition to this snack is that the cheese is cut out with little cookie cutters.

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5. Frozen Grapes

 Instead of a high calorie frozen artificial grape treat, try freezing grapes. The skin goes crunchy but the insides are soft and chewable because of the sugar content. Be careful with little ones eating these because they can be a choking hazard. Frozen grapes are better left to older children.

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6. Sandwich Critters

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a popular treat. Make them snack size by using a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. This method works on almost every type of sandwich, but stay away from tomato.

7. Frozen Bananas

Bananas freeze great and still keep a chewy texture. Dip them in chocolate for an extra sweet treat. You can roll the soft chocolate coating in their favorite bits, like coconut or nuts.

8. Oatmeal Muffins

For a more filling snack, muffins are a great option. Keep it healthier by using apple sauce or mashed banana instead of oil. Rolled oats make a great substitute for all that high calorie flour. The best part is that with a quick microwave, these taste just like a bowl of oatmeal.

9. Homemade Popsicles

 Make a healthier choice by freezing fruit juice into popsicles rather than buying them. Blend your favorite fruits to keep the frozen treats full of fiber.

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10. Ants on A Log

 This is a classic snack that never gets old. Take celery and fill the inside with peanut butter or cream cheese. Let your child put the ants (raisins) along the log. Mix it up with nuts, dried fruit, or cheese spread.

11. Easy Nut-Free No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

We’ve got this easy granola bar recipe for you that is packed full of protein and healthy fats AND doesn’t have nuts making it 100% safe! Plus, it’s got wholesome ingredients you can actually pronounce and your kiddo will love.

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When the snack cravings hit we all know how easy it is to reach for the most accessible thing in sight.
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