Inside: 53 Snack Ideas for Teens {Healthy + Delicious}.

If you’re a parent of a teen then you are probably pretty familiar with an “always empty” refrigerator and a sky-high monthly grocery bill.  Which is all proof that your teen is shoveling food in their mouth faster than you can buy it.

I mean, let’s face it, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed, they’re always eating, snacking, or munching on something.

But, we all know teens can be finicky eaters, and finding snacks they’ll actually eat isn’t always the easiest thing to do, which is why we’ve rounded up 53 killer after-school snack ideas for hungry teens.

From healthy and fruity to no-quite-so-healthy (but, totally delicious) and sweet, and salty, you’re sure to find more than a few snack ideas for your hungry teen!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Teens

Easy Snacks for Teens

Easy is always a #1, these simple, but filling and fuel-filled snack ideas are some of the best go-to for your hungry teen.

  • Keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for protein, or try making a frittata with added veg for them to graze on throughout the day.
  • Have some tubs of hummus, guacamole, or tzatziki, and keep a good supply of chopped veggies that they can dip into.
  • Cooked meats such as turkey, chicken, and ham make a tasty topping for crackers.
  • Slices of apple can be topped with peanut butter or thin slices of cheese.
  • Keep a big bowl of mixed fruit salad in the fridge – keep things interesting with mango, pineapple, peaches, grapes, kiwi, melon, and strawberries.
  • Jerky (beef or turkey)
  • Eggs: Hard-boiled, deviled, scrambled
  • Nuts (pistachios, almonds, cashews)
  • Edamame
  • Tuna or Chicken Salad
  • Yogurt with Fruit + Granola

Easy Snacks for Teens

 Best Snacks for Teens

Easy Pretzel Bites: Everyone loves pretzel bites – you know, the ones that smell so incredibly good at the mall. Well, these delicious Pretzel Bites are so easy to make, even your “I don’t have a clue how to cook” teen can whip these up in a jiffy after school.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars: If your teen is craving some chocolately, peanutty goodness, these No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars come together in no time with only six ingredients. The only thing easier than making them is eating them!

Baked Corn Chips with Bean Dip: We also love the bean dip that has black-eyed peas, avocado, and tomatoes!  While my kids will literally eat it by the spoonful, adding some pita crisps or chips makes it a little more filling.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Teens

Frozen Yogurt Bites: A healthy alternative to ice cream, these Frozen Yogurt Bites will have your teen asking for more! Just take whole milk yogurt, add fresh fruit of your choice (and anything else you feel like adding – did someone say chocolate chips?), freeze, and voila! You have a healthy, easy after-school snack idea for your hungry teen.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips: These tasty Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips only require two simple ingredients, but they take a bit of time to bake, so you might have to whip these up on the weekend or the night before. They might take a while to make, but trust me… they’ll be gone in a few minutes!

Popcorn Mixed with Nuts and Dried Fruit:  This filling snack may be light on protein, but the good fat and energy it will bring makes it a great pre-sports or after-school activity snack.

Snack Food Ideas

Energy Balls/Bites

Make a batch on Sunday so your teen can grab them all week. Check out these simple teen-approved recipes:

After School Snack Ideas for Teens

Healthy Trail Mix: When you’re looking for after-school snack ideas for teens, sometimes you have to get creative! This Healthy Trail Mix is creative AND healthy! It packs in a ton of delicious flavors including freshly popped popcorn, banana chips, almonds, cashews, cranberries and chocolate chips to make a simple treat that’s hard to pass up.

Parmesan Zucchini Fries: Oven-baked with Japanese panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, these low-cal Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a healthy and easy after-school snack that might just be better than traditional fries.

Cream Cheese Apple Dip: Just three simple ingredients – cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla – come together to make the best (and easiest) after-school snack EVER! This dip is perfect for dipping apples, pear slices or any other fruit of your choice.

After School Snack Ideas for Teens

Fruits and Veggie Snack Food Ideas for Teenagers

Fruits and veggies are such an important part of a healthy diet, here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate them into your teens diet.

  • Applesauce: This easy recipe is one of our favorites as well, it’s so simple and takes hardly any effort.
  • Fruit bowl w/ easily grab-able fruit
  • Banana with peanut butter or Nutella
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Pre-cut melon
  • Grapes
  • Individual fruit cups
  • “Banana split” with yogurt + granola or nuts
  • Sliced cucumbers + carrots
  • Celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter
  • Carrots and peppers with hummus
  • Broccoli and cauliflower florets with dip
  • Smoothies with fruit and spinach

Popular Teenage Snacks

Frozen Berry Yogurt: This frozen treat looks deceptively impressive, but in reality takes only three ingredients and two minutes to make – perfect for a fuss-free snack or healthy dessert. Stash some mixed frozen berries in the freezer to keep on hand for when your teen’s hunger strikes – simply whizz up with some Greek yogurt and sweeten to taste with honey or agave syrup.

Banana Bread: This low-fat loaf not only tastes great but uses up those overripe bananas in your fruit bowl. With a blend of self-raising and wholemeal flour to increase the fiber content while keeping the texture light, and topped with chopped nuts for extra texture (you can leave these out if you’d prefer). It’s a satisfying snack any teen will love – and it’s easy enough for them to have a go at making themselves!

Fruit Pizza: Made with a cookie dough base and layered with cream cheese, marshmallow cream, and fresh fruit, this after-school snack is the perfect remedy for teens who just have to have their “sweet fix” when they get home from school.

Popular Teenage Snacks

More Great Recipes + Meals Your Teen Will Love

If you liked these tasty snack ideas for teens, then check out a few more of our favorite recipes for dinner and lunch! Keeping these teens fed and happy is a big task, and we are here to help with planning your weeks’ menu.

  • Easy + Quick Dinner Ideas for Teens: If you’re looking for some tasty, easy, and nutritious dinner that your teen will love then we have the perfect list for you. With everything they could ever crave, this list is packed full of delicious recipes that are so simple, even those learning teen chefs can pull them off.
  • Lunchbox Ideas for Teens: Teenagers these days have powerfully packed schedules, with school, sports, and any extracurriculars their day is busy. Help keep them energized, fueled, and fed with these yummy lunchbox ideas. We know teens can be picky, which is why we came up with the ultimate list of great-tasting lunch ideas that not only satisfy your teen’s tastebuds but keep them fueled for their long day ahead.

Snack Ideas for Teens