If you're stuck at home and thinking about ideas to keep the kids busy and healthy, you're not alone. Instead of letting them eat processed treats bought in the store, you can cope with these healthy snacks so you can feel comfortable feeding them.
Stock up your pantry (or cookie jars) with one of these simple school snacks, and you're ready when the kids ask, "What can I eat?" We promise that they are all super easy to make and many are ready in a matter of minutes. Even you can participate in these delicious treats as they are healthy and easily fit into yours Nutrisystem to plan. And the best thing about it? They are so easy to make that you can easily get the kids to conjure up these goodies!
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Here are 21 healthy (and simple) snacks for the kids:
1. Cake dough rice krispies>
These fun cake dough bars will make your kids think they were enjoying themselves. In reality, one serving is only 68 calories, so it's not only delicious for the kids, but also perfect for you to stick to your healthy meal plan. Instead of the in-store version of these popular treats (which usually contain a lot of sugar), this version uses healthier ingredients like brown rice syrup, cashew butter, and even some vanilla whey protein powder. You don't have to feel guilty about enjoying one either. These goodies count as two extras in the Nutrisystem plan.
2. Thin brownies with cream cheese frosting>
These brownies are super decadent. Thanks to their main secret ingredient, the sweet potato puree, they are actually healthier than your classic brownie. These ooey-gooey brownies are frosted with a sweet topping made of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, egg whites, vanilla and stevia. It's a sweet treat that your kids will love. With just 112 calories and a SmartCarb in the Nutrisystem plan, you can also enjoy them.
3. Black Bean Brownie Dip>
Your kids would never suspect that this pampering chocolate dip is actually made from black beans! With other healthy ingredients like cashew butter and medjool dates, this is a dip that you can feel good about while eating your kids. Combine it with fresh fruit and you've really packed the food for after school snacks. For you, a serving is 81 calories and counts as a SmartCarb.
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4. Healthy red velvet brownies>
These healthy brownies combine the flavors of chocolate brownies with red velvet cake. But don't tell your kids that their main ingredients are nutrient-rich beets and whole grain oats. You will honestly never find out how healthy these treats are because they taste so good. A brownie has only 103 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and an extra in your Nutrisystem plan, so you can dig in it too.
5. 4-Ingredients-Peanut Butter-Rice Crispies>
If your kids come home from school and crave something sweet, you have no qualms about reaching for this simple 4-ingredient treat. They are made from crispy rice muesli, honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract and are super easy to prepare. Instead of marshmallow, peanut butter adds creaminess and keeps everything together. One serving contains 71 calories and counts as two extras in your Nutrisystem plan.
6. -Bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites>
These delicious bite-size treats contain healthy ingredients like raw almonds, medjool dates, and non-fat Greek yogurt. The best thing is that this creamy dessert doesn't require baking. They are creamy and satisfyingly sweet. The recipe makes 20 bites, with two counting as one serving. Even you can enjoy it on your Nutrisystem plan as one serving contains 115 calories and only one PowerFuel counts.
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7. -Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars>
Highly processed cereal bars bought in the store will likely give you a lot of sugar without much food. But with these healthy homemade bars, you know exactly what you're getting. They're easy to make and filled with simple and healthy ingredients like peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. These granola bars each have 199 calories and count as a SmartCarb and a PowerFuel in your Nutrisystem plan.
8. Gluten-free chewy ginger cookies>
Are you looking for a simple cookie that will satisfy your children's cravings? These delicious cookies are your answer. Celebrate the start of school with this autumn-inspired treat. The recipe uses healthy ingredients such as protein, coconut oil and an autumn spice blend of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. These healthy cookies can even be enjoyed on your Nutrisystem plan! One serving contains 102 calories and counts as three extras at Nutrisystem – so you can also immerse yourself.
9. Skinny S’mores Frozen Yogurt>
This delicious frozen yogurt contains the popular flavors of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. However, it uses a healthy combination of frozen bananas and vanilla yogurt as the basis for its frozen yogurt. Your kids aren't the only ones who can enjoy this frozen treat. And for your own healthy goals: each serving has only 174 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and two extras in your Nutrisystem plan.
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10. Grasshopper "Chocolate Bar">
As we head into the fall, the amount of candy on the grocery store shelves just seems to be growing. Destroy your children's cravings for sweets with this healthier alternative. If you need a sweet treat on Halloween, these peppermint candy bars are a great option for you to stick to your Nutrisystem plan. A bar has only 61 calories and counts as two extras at Nutrisystem.
11. Raspberry Chickpea Blondes>
High-fiber chickpeas, sunflower butter, oats and raspberries form the heart of this Blondie recipe. This snack is so good that your kids don't even know they are filled with all of these nutritious ingredients. They are easy to manufacture and serve as perfect after-school enjoyment. A bar has only 65 calories and counts as two extras in your Nutrisystem plan.
12. Quinoa chocolate bar with 4 ingredients>
These simple 4-ingredient bars combine coconut oil, cocoa powder, quinoa and stevia. They create a delicious snack that will satisfy your child's sweet tooth in a healthier way. If candy bars are your child's favorite treat, these guilt-free bars are the way to go. A bar has only 87 calories and counts as a SmartCarb in the Nutrisystem plan.
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13. Lightened caramel corn>
Add this to the list of your favorite after-school snacks. Although caramel corn is usually accompanied by a lot of sugar, our version uses sugar-free maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract to sweeten it healthier. It's easy to prepare and a great snack for your kids after a long day. It is also a perfect diet snack that you too can enjoy! A cup of this caramel corn has 85 calories and counts as three extras in your Nutrisystem plan.
14. Maple and walnut biscuits>
Do you want something healthy to fill the cookie jar? These cookies become your point of contact. They are made from healthy ingredients like oatmeal, wheat flour and apple sauce and are hearty and delicious without wrapping up a lot of unnecessary sugar. A cookie has 122 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and an extra in the Nutrisystem plan.
15. Thin chocolate donuts>
Donuts as a snack may sound too good to be true. Our version makes some healthy switches that keep this pleasure on the light and healthy side. Baking (or using the air fryer) instead of traditional roasting helps reduce calories. Crunchy on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside, they feel like a decadent dessert to your children. Each donut has only 135 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and two extras in the Nutrisystem plan.
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16. Strawberry oatmeal cookies>
Add this delicious treat to your cookie jar and the list of simple snacks for the kids. In just 15 minutes, you can whip up these cookies with healthy ingredients like oats, strawberries, apple sauce, and Greek yogurt. You will love these cookies too and can enjoy them on your weight loss plan. Two cookies have only 78 calories and count as two extras at Nutrisystem.
17. BBQ sweet potato chips>
If it's a salty snack that kids grasp after school, you should definitely conjure up a lot of these healthy chips. With a sweet potato, these chips give the pampering crunch and enjoyment of a classic potato chip and at the same time provide much more food. A serving has 120 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and an extra in the Nutrisystem plan.
18. Air fryer salt and vinegar chips>
If your kids crave salt and vinegar chips, they'll love this homemade version. They are easy to make in the air fryer (or in the oven) and are much healthier than the variety bought in the store. You can also nibble on these chips as one serving only contains 97 calories and counts as a SmartCarb in the Nutrisystem plan.
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19. Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip>
Buffalo Dip is a popular snack for many. However, the version purchased in the store is usually filled with calories. Instead, this version uses ingredients like non-fat Greek yogurt, real blue cheese, and some spicy buffalo sauce to give your kids the same flavors they love, but in a healthier version. It's also a great way to get vegetables in it! Serve to dip with sliced carrots or celery. One serving has only 24 calories and counts as an extra in the Nutrisystem plan.
20. Sriracha Snack Mix>
Snack mixes are fun and satisfying snacks for the kids. When you make your own, you control exactly what goes into it. This healthy version contains healthy ingredients like healthy grains, roasted edamame, sunflower seeds and much more. Sriracha, onion powder and garlic powder give it a spicy kick. A serving has only 109 calories and counts as a SmartCarb in the Nutrisystem plan.
21. Crunchy nacho cheese chips>
If the first snack your child wants to eat after school is cheesy nacho chips, you should conjure up this healthier version. They are made from mini corn tortillas and seasoned with spices such as chili powder, peppers and garlic. They are much healthier than the greasy nacho chips you can buy in your grocery store. Plus, one serving has only 125 calories and counts as a SmartCarb in your Nutrisystem plan – so they're a great snack for you too.
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