It’s National Snack Food Month! Are you looking to curb that afternoon hunger without sacrificing nutrients and a healthy diet? We’ve got you covered with our 14 RD Approved Healthy After School Snacks! Whether you’re craving a savory or sweet treat, these healthy snacks are filled with healthy & wholesome ingredients, perfect for the whole family.
Craving something savory? Try these delicious, protein-packed mini burritos! “These Mini Hummus Black Bean Burritos are the perfect hand held appetizer, they’re vegan/vegetarian-friendly, and this recipe is super simple” says Karman, RD of The Nutrition Adventure.
A creamy and delicious snack, perfect for when that afternoon hunger strikes. These bites are great to pack as a snack for school or work or even grab straight from the fridge when you get home! “A unique twist on the classic party favorite, these Hemp & Avocado Deviled Eggs are a high protein, mayo-free, wholesome snack” says Emily Kyle, RDN of Emily Kyle Nutrition.
A delicious and crunchy, protein-packed snack that can be prepared ahead of time! “The best part, you can customize these with any flavor you like! Craving sweet? Try roasting the chickpeas with a little cinnamon and sugar. Looking to add a little heat? Add a little chili powder to the mix” says Julie, RD of RDelicious Kitchen.
Take a classic comfort food and turn it healthy! “Healthy Baked Patacones with Mojo Sauce, a healthy take on the classic fried Colombian patacones (or sometimes called tostones). Smashed plantains baked and served with spicy mojo herb sauce. Delicioso!” says Kristina, RDN of Fork in the Road.
A delicious dip that can be served with whole grain crackers or even fresh veggies for a nutrient boost. “Zesty Hummus Pimento Cheese Dip — This tried and true classic appetizer gets a new and healthier makeover! Made with roasted red pepper hummus, sharp cheddar cheese, and seasonings. This might be my new favorite party recipe!” says Emily, RDN of Sinful Nutrition.
Filled with many of the key ingredients required for good guacamole (such as cilantro, onion, and lime juice), we decided to switch things up a bit and incorporate some hemp hearts. Rich in flavor, nutrition, and texture, hemp hearts are a great way to add 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas to any recipe, including this guacamole. Find this recipe on our blog!
Craving something crunchy? “The rice chex gives an airy crunch while the cashews give it a richness that’s unbeatable. Honestly, the combo compliment each other perfectly. Then, the seasoning mix comes in and makes this mix unforgettable” says Jessa, RD of In Wealth and Health.
Looking for a veggie packed snack? “This tangy, walnut and pepper dip requires roasted peppers so a few dings and bruises made no difference to me. Red peppers are riper, sweeter and generally more expensive than the younger green peppers. They also spoil faster because they are farther along in the ripening process. They can be stored in the fridge for up to a week” says Judy, RD of Live Best.
Looking for a sweet treat but no time to bake? “These no-baked almond energy bites are the perfect pre or post workout snack, or even to curb your cravings in the afternoon! They are full of fiber, protein and antioxidants and taste amazing too!” says Tawnie Kroll. RDN of Krolls Korner.
This easy-to-make dip is the perfect spread for toast, crackers or fruit. “Use this Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Dip as a toast topper, frosting, eat it straight from the jar, or put it in your oatmeal or yogurt. The possibilities are endless!” says Sarah, RD of the Bucket List Tummy.
Make these bars ahead for an easy grab-and-go snack! “These No Bake Super Matcha Bars were super easy to make and you don’t even have to turn on the oven! I literally threw everything in a bowl, mixed it together, and placed it in a pan until they were chilled and ready to serve!” says Andrea, RD of Beautiful Eats and Things.
This recipe is filled with nourishing, fresh ingredients and heavenly flavors. Your family or guests will definitely be pleased with the delicious flavors in this dish. The cashew cream can easily be doubled and used for other recipes or used just as a dip with fruit. Find this recipe on our blog!
Topping yogurt with this sweet treat is a delicious way to enjoy more gut-healthy probiotics! “Creamy, crunchy and sweet. The perfect indulgent AND healthy dessert. You can have both!” says Jenny, RD of My Cape Cod Kitchen.
Hit an afternoon slump? Perk up with these energy bars!”I made an update to these delicious snacks a few years after their creation to increase the maca root due to all of the current buzz on its benefits as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are being touted for their potential abilities to support a healthy response to stress. Maca root has small amounts of calcium, Vitamin C and iron as well as fiber, phytochemical antioxidants and plant sterols which are known to aid in reducing blood cholesterol levels” says Kelly, RD of Eat Real, Live Well.
A delicious, healthy and fun customizable afternoon snack! “I love this PB smoothie bowl for it’s simplicity, and the topping that makes me smile the most is the O-shaped cereal. Your kids will love the playfulness of this smoothie bowl” says Liz, RDN of Liz’s Healthy Table.
An easy treat to make with ingredients you probably already have! “They are made from real, whole food ingredients, and I feel good about eating them and feeding them to my kids. They are also super easy to make!” says Sarah, RD, Canada’s Child & Family Nutrition Expert