Healthy Snacks for Kids: 5 ABC Back-to-School Snack Ideas

Another year of school is right around the corner! Are you looking for back-to-school snack ideas? The best kind of snacks are quick and easy for you to make, healthy, and yummy to your kids. Well, I’ve got five snack ideas for you that I think will fit all of those criteria. Whether you need something to put in their lunch or serve as an after school snack, here are five ideas for healthy snacks for kids–one for each day of the school week. And these snacks also help teach them their ABCs! Each day of the week correlates with the letters A-E of the alphabet. We don’t just want healthy bodies; we want healthy minds too!

5 Healthy Snacks for Kids (using the ABC’s)

A: Ants on a Log

ants on a log
Raisins with peanut butter on celery
This snack is a classic from my childhood, and it’s a great one to make with your kids’ help. Take a stick of celery (be sure to wash it and cut off the ends), spread your favorite kind of peanut butter inside the celery trough, and line up raisins from end to end. This crunchy and creamy treat looks like ants marching down a log.

B: Banana Popsicle Bites

banana popsicle bites
Frozen banana chunks
The “popsicle” part will hopefully help your kids want to eat this more. And the best part is there’s no added sugar–just straight up banana. This snack is super easy to make but will need time to freeze. All you have to do is take a ripe banana, take off the peel, cut it up into bite-sized chunks, spread the chunks out on a paper plate, and stick your plate in the freezer. These can be frozen in just a few hours for same-day snacking. If you want to make them in advance, then once they are frozen, transfer them into a Ziploc bag (they will last stored in the freezer for a while this way).

C: Cracker Crowns

cracker crowns
Greek yogurt on crackers with berries
Here is another snack that is fun to make with the kids. Take a Ritz Cracker (or substitute with another kind of cracker), plop some greek yogurt on top, and put your favorite kind of berry around the outside edge. You now have a cracker snack that looks like a crown. If you are interested, for my cracker crown I used Ritz Crackers, Dannon’s Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt, and I topped it with some frozen blueberries.

D: Dip and Sticks

dip and sticks
Carrot sticks and hummus
This is a super quick and easy snack, and if your kid likes hummus, then it should definitely become a go-to for you! All you have to do is take some baby carrots or cut a large carrot into sticks and serve them with a scoop of your favorite hummus. (You can substitute ranch or another dip as an alternative if your kid doesn’t like hummus.) You can also use celery sticks or almost any veggie.

E: Easy Cheesy Chunks

easy cheesy chunks
Chopped cheese stick with grapes

It’s called “easy” for a reason, folks. Take a cheese stick, chop it into bite-sized chunks, and serve it with some washed grapes or your kid’s favorite fruit. That’s it.

Hopefully this list gave you some simple yet mouthwatering snack ideas! Do you have some other snacks you like to feed your children? Please share in the comments below if you have some quick and easy, healthy, and yummy snack ideas. We’d also love to hear if you try out any of these ABC snacks and how it goes!

If these snacks were a hit at your home, stay tuned! We will soon be sharing ideas for five healthy sandwiches for your kids’ lunches.

5 thoughts on “Healthy Snacks for Kids: 5 ABC Back-to-School Snack Ideas

  1. Hi Amber, nice post. I like the fact that these recipes are fast, simple and healthy. I can make them when in a hurry. Ultimately, I make snacks for my kid that she finds tasty, and ones where I don’t have to spend a lot of time on. The fact that they have healthy ingredients are reassuring. Keep it up! I’ll give it a try when this school season starts.

    1. Thank you, Pkumar! I’m glad this post was helpful to you. Quick and easy snacks are definitely important especially for busy parents. I’d love to know which of these she likes the best!

      1. I’m sure that my daughter will give “ants on a log” and “cracker crowns” a try, mainly because of the novelty aspect. But she’ll enjoy the cheese and grapes more because of the mix of flavors. Also, the cheese cubes are easier because they’re bite size pieces. Thanks for the great info!

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