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Healthy after school fruit and vegetable snack ideas

Nourish kids with healthy snacks that include fresh fruits and vegetables. With a little planning, you can provide nutritious snacks to kids with ease. Simply take some fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and a few other ingredients and you can whip up a healthy snack in no time at all. In addition, you’ll and avoid the trap of unhealthy fatty and/or sugary snacks like crisps, biscuits and bars.

If you’re out and about, for example at after school sport or activities, pop a piece of fruit or pack a healthy snack in a bag so it can be eaten on the run. Fresh fruit is one of the most ultra-convenient and healthy snacks for kids!

Help kids enjoy a healthy lifestyle with these quick and easy fruity or vegetable-based nourishing snacks, they’re sure to be favourites!

Vegetable dippers & celery ‘subs’

Nice ‘n’ savoury snacks

Vegetable dippers & celery ‘subs’

Crunchy vegetables cut into appealing sticks for dipping make one of the healthiest snacks for kids.  Use carrot, celery and capsicum for dippers and serve with a reduced fat dip like hummus. Serve vegetable dippers as an individual serve or on a platter for a few kids to share.

To make celery ‘subs’ (submarines) fill sticks of washed and trimmed celery with cottage cheese and vegemite or cream cheese and sultanas or peanut butter. Easy to pick up and eat, celery ‘subs’ appeal to kids of all ages.

Pumpkin Soup

Cup of home-made vegetable soup

On cold winter days, warm kids after school or sport with a cup or mug of home-made vegetable soup.  Serve it with a slice of wholegrain toast. Soup is nutritious and a top way to get kids to eat vegetables!

Make soup in advance and freeze it in small airtight containers so the soup can be heated in the microwave for a quick and nutritious snack. 

Kids will love these top soup recipes:

Fruit with Cheese

Fruit with cheese

Cut apples, pears and nashi into wedges and serve on a plate with reduced fat cheese and a few sultanas. It’s a terrific snack to pick for busy kids with not much time to eat. If you’re on the run, pop the fruit, cheese and sultanas in a small plastic bag so it can be eaten ‘on the run’.

Avocado with corn crackers

Avocado with corn crackers

For the easiest of healthy snacks, top corn or rice crackers with cottage or ricotta cheese, sliced tomato and avocado. A slice of lean ham is also a good addition.

Vegemite and avocado (plus a reduced fat cheese slice if wanted) is also a favourite ‘topper’ with kids. Avocado contains fat but it’s good unsaturated fat and is also one of the richest sources of vitamin E.

Toast and muffin toppers

Toast and muffin toppers

Top split toasted English-style muffins, wholemeal toast or crumpets with ricotta, sliced banana and scatter with a few fresh blueberries. Drizzle with a little honey if desired.

Alternatively, to make a melt, top the muffin, toast or crumpet with sliced tomato (or halved cherry tomatoes) and reduced fat grated cheese and melt the cheese under a hot grill.

Fresh Fruit plate

Snacks on the sweet side

Fresh fruit plate

Kids like their fruit prepared and/or chopped so it’s easy to pick up and eat so a fresh fruit plate makes the ideal snack. The fruits can be easily eaten while completing homework or chatting with friends.

Appealing because of its colour and sweetness, fresh fruit is bursting with natural goodness and it’s a source of beneficial antioxidants too.

Choose a selection of seasonal fruits, ensuring that colours, flavours and textures are varied. For the simplest of fruit plates, include some chopped orange, a quartered small apple or pear and a few slices of banana.  A few fresh berries, seedless grapes, fresh dates, cherries and melon wedges are terrific too. 

Home-baked fruit muffins

Home-baked fruit muffins

A freshly-baked warm fruit-loaded muffin is always popular with kids. Use very ripe bananas for banana muffins or make banana & date bread which is ideal sliced and toasted.

Strawberry, apple & wheatgerm muffins and carrot & zucchini muffins are top choices. Serve the muffins with a glass of iced water in summer or hot milo in winter. When you make a batch of muffins, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and pop them in the freezer. Leave them to defrost and warm them in the microwave just before serving.

Berries with Yoghurt

Berries with yoghurt

Serve 5 or 6 hulled strawberries with a small bowl or tub of reduced fat berry or vanilla yoghurt. Top the yoghurt with a few fresh blueberries for extra appeal. So simple and so quick to serve!

Smoothies, Shakes & Slushies

Blended in moments, kids always enjoy a ‘fruitylicious’ smoothie, shake or slushie made with reduced fat ingredients and with no added sugar.

To whip up a smoothie or shake, use a selection of fruits like strawberries, blueberries and banana with reduced fat milk and yoghurt. Pop all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a great shake recipe visit our Smoothies and Drinks recipe page. Add a small scoop reduced fat vanilla ice-cream instead of yoghurt in a fruit shake.

In summer make cool fresh slushies by blending chopped fresh pineapple, watermelon or rockmelon with some crushed ice and unsweetened apple juice. Refreshing and cool, it’s a terrific way to serve fruit.

Top fruit combinations for slushies:

  • Watermelon and strawberries
  • Pineapple and mango (plus passionfruit if liked)
  • Strawberries and blueberries
  • Rockmelon and strawberries
  • Papaya and banana

 

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