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As parents, we’re always on the lookout for snacks that are not only quick and easy to prepare but also nutritious and satisfying for our kiddos. After a long day at school, kids often come home hungry and in need of a pick-me-up before dinner. That’s why having a repertoire of easy after-school snacks is essential for keeping them fueled and happy until mealtime rolls around. 

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Below, we’ll explore a variety of simple and delicious snack ideas that you can whip up in no time, ensuring that your kids stay happy and healthy throughout the afternoon.

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups

  • Spread a layer of peanut butter onto a whole wheat tortilla.
  • Place a peeled banana on one end of the tortilla and roll it up tightly.
  • Slice the rolled tortilla into bite-sized pieces for a tasty and portable snack that’s packed with protein and fiber. As a plus, it looks like kid sushi! 

Veggie and Hummus Cups

  • Fill small cups or containers with a scoop of hummus.
  • Serve with an assortment of fresh veggies such as baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes for dipping.
  • This snack is not only colorful and crunchy but also rich in vitamins and minerals to keep your kids energized throughout the afternoon.

Cheese and Crackers

  • Arrange whole grain crackers on a plate and top each one with a slice of cheese.
  • For extra flavor and variety, try using different types of cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack.
  • This simple yet satisfying snack provides a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to keep hunger at bay.

Apple Slices with Almond Butter/Peanut Butter

  • Core and slice an apple into thin rounds.
  • Spread each apple slice with a dollop of almond butter.
  • Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon or granola for added crunch and flavor.
  • This snack is not only delicious but also rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants to support your child’s overall health and well-being.

Yogurt and Granola Parfaits

  • Layer vanilla or flavored yogurt with granola and fresh berries in small cups or bowls.
  • Repeat the layers until the cup is filled, then top with a sprinkle of granola for added crunch.
  • This snack is a great way to sneak in some calcium and probiotics while satisfying your child’s sweet tooth.

Trail Mix

  • Mix together a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and whole grain cereal in a large bowl.
  • Let your kids customize their trail mix by adding their favorite ingredients such as almonds, cashews, raisins, and chocolate chips.
  • Portion out the trail mix into small containers or snack bags for a convenient on-the-go option.

Homemade Popcorn

  • Pop a batch of popcorn on the stovetop or in an air popper.
  • Drizzle with a bit of melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with nutritional yeast, garlic powder, or sea salt for flavor.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain snack that’s low in calories and high in fiber, making it a great alternative to store-bought chips and crackers.

Frozen Yogurt Bark

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread a layer of yogurt onto it.
  • Sprinkle with chopped nuts, dried fruit, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  • Freeze until firm, then break into pieces for a refreshing and satisfying treat that’s perfect for warm weather days.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • Mash ripe bananas in a bowl and stir in oats, cinnamon, and a handful of chocolate chips or raisins.
  •  Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crispy.
  •  These cookies are naturally sweetened and make a great grab-and-go snack for busy afternoons.

Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip

  • Chop up a variety of fresh fruits such as strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and melon.
  • Thread the fruit onto wooden skewers to create colorful fruit kabobs.
  • Serve with a side of creamy yogurt dip for a fun and healthy snack option.

Crispy Chickpeas

Crispy Chickpeas are crunchy, salty, and perfect for snacking! Rinse, dry, and season canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for a perfect snack. Check out the full recipe here

Ants on a Log

  • Spread peanut butter or cream cheese onto celery sticks.
  • Top with raisins or dried cranberries to resemble “ants” on a log.
  • This classic snack is not only tasty but also packed with protein and fiber.

Mini Pita Pizzas

  • Spread tomato sauce onto mini whole wheat pitas.
  • Top with shredded cheese and your child’s favorite toppings such as sliced veggies, pepperoni, or ham.
  • Pop them in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly for a quick and customizable snack.

Frozen Banana Pops

  • Insert popsicle sticks into peeled bananas and freeze them until firm.
  • Dip the frozen bananas into melted chocolate or yogurt, then roll them in chopped nuts, sprinkles, or shredded coconut.
  • Place the coated banana pops back in the freezer until the chocolate or yogurt is set for a refreshing and indulgent treat.

Easy and Healthy Packaged Options

Sometimes we need something just to grab and go with! These are some of our favorite easy pre-packaged options 

With these easy after-school snack ideas, you’ll never be at a loss for what to serve your hungry kids when they come home from school. Not only are these snacks quick and simple to prepare, but they’re also packed with nutrients to keep your kids happy, healthy, and satisfied until dinnertime. So go ahead, whip up a batch of these delicious snacks and watch as your kids gobble them up!