It's back-to-routine time for many of us, so a handful of make-ahead or quick-to-assemble snacks are in order. These have the added benefit of being healthful. So find your favorite, whip up a batch and send someone off to school or work knowing they won't be feeling those mid-afternoon hunger pangs. (These are perfect after-school snack options, too.)

Fruit Salsa, pictured above. Sweet and savory, with a little extra boost from chia seeds.


WASHINGTON DC - JANUARY 24TH: Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a oval bowl with chips shot on January 24th, 2017 in Washington DC. (Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip. The classic football-watching fare, but tweaked to be healthful.

Baba Ghanouj. A rich and creamy eggplant dip.

Cauliflower and Apples With Thai Almond Butter Sauce. Curry paste adds a kick. If you don't have coconut aminos, use soy sauce.

Chewy Cranberry, Millet and Pistachio Bars. Bound together with a mix of brown rice syrup (or honey), tahini and coconut oil. Use other dried fruit like sliced apricot or cherries if you like.


Washington DC - AUGUST 22: Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bars. Photographed at the Washington Post in Washington DC, August 22, 2017. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bars. An easy homemade version of the popular Kind bars.


WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: zucchini oat muffins photographed in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 15, 2017. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for the Washington Post)

Zucchini Oat Muffins. Tender, fragrant and wholesome.


WASHINGTON, DC - Date-Coconut Energy Balls photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post).

Date-Coconut Energy Balls. No nuts here (just sunflower seeds), which means they're school lunchbox friendly.

Fig Bars. Vegan, gluten-free and, dare we say, better than the store-bought kind.