10 Healthy After-School Snacks

These smart finger foods are sure to satisfy your kid's post-playground hunger without ruining his appetite for dinner. We have two weeks' worth of tasty ideas!

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Fall Fruit Dip

Carolyn Tesini

Fall Fruit Dip

The sweet tastes of fall make for a drool-worthy dip. Use a hand mixer to combine one 15-ounce can of pumpkin with an 8-ounce block of reduced-fat cream cheese; beat until smooth. Sweeten with maple syrup and season with pumpkin pie spice. Serve with apple and pear slices.

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Spicy Stuffed Celery

Carolyn Tesini

Spicy Stuffed Celery

For a zesty take on ants on a log, stuff celery sticks with a mix of reduced-fat cream cheese and mild salsa. Top with slices of ripe black olives.

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Graham Cracker "Cheesecakes"

Carolyn Tesini

Graham Cracker "Cheesecakes"

These fruity munchies are a healthful way to indulge your little one's sweet tooth. Mix honey and vanilla extract with ricotta cheese and spread the mixture over cinnamon graham crackers. Pile on sliced strawberries or other fresh fruit.

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Turkey and Cheddar Pinwheels

Carolyn Tesini

Turkey and Cheddar Pinwheels

This filling snack is packed with protein and calcium. Top whole-wheat wraps with sliced smoked turkey and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with shredded veggies such as prepackaged broccoli slaw, then drizzle with honey mustard. Roll up tightly and cut into 6 slices.

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Fruit Salad Cups

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Fruit Salad Cups

For a perfectly kid-size portion, dole out fruit salad into foil muffin-tin liners. Combine strawberry halves, blueberries, clementine segments and starfruit--or your favorite fresh fruit.

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Barbecued Chicken Pinwheels

Carolyn Tesini

Barbecued Chicken Pinwheels

Store-bought shortcuts make this recipe a snap. Use premade puff pastry as the base for this snack. Bonus: It doubles as an easy appetizer!

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Pizza Pretzels

Carolyn Tesini

Pizza Pretzels

Make pretzels in an instant using store-bought whole-wheat pizza dough. Pepperoni and cheese add pizza flavor, but you could knead just about anything into the dough.

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Edamame Hummus With Baked Pita Crisps

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Edamame Hummus With Baked Pita Crisps

Edamame lends this popular Mediterranean dip a rich green hue. For extra flavor, sprinkle the pita chips with dried herbs such as parsley or oregano. Turn leftovers into a tasty sandwich spread.

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Zucchini-Raisin Muffins

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Zucchini-Raisin Muffins

These hearty whole-grain muffins are chock-full of nutrients and fiber. Zucchini and raisins are a favorite combination, but you can swap in carrots or parsnips for the zucchini, and dried cranberries or apricots for the raisins.

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Cherry-Almond Snack Bars

Carolyn Tesini

Cherry-Almond Snack Bars

These gluten-free snack bars will please every kid on the block. Look for brown rice cereal and brown rice syrup in the natural foods section of your supermarket.

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