As a mom of 2 hungry kiddos, I am frequently tasked with the mission of coming up with new, yummy and nutritious after-school snacks.
Today, I’m sharing a quick roundup of 10 Creative After School Snack Ideas that your kids will ask for again and again. (Bonus: most of these snack ideas can be tossed together in just a few minutes with everyday ingredients!)
Healthy After School Snack Ideas
When my kids come in the door after a long day of school and riding home on the bus, I want to have healthy snacks available for them to grab and eat without too much hassle or prep work on my part.
Coming up with good, nutritious after-school snacks every day is not always easy.
The kids have a few favorite snacks but they also like it when I mix up the snack menu.
I’ll admit it though, sometimes there are days when I’m busy or we’re out and about and I cave and just give them a handful of cereal or prepackaged snack bar of some type.
I try to keep my grab-and-go snack station stocked for times when we are running out the door, but I also keep quite a few fun ideas in my pocket that I can whip up in a short amount of time or options that I can prep ahead of time.
Creative After School Snacks
Ready for those deliciously Creative Snack Ideas? Here are 10 of our favorite snack ideas that can be tossed together on the fly to help get your snack inspiration flowing! (The chia seed pudding is the only one that requires prepping ahead, but the good thing about that recipe is that you can make several at a time to keep on hand.)
10 Creative Snack Ideas:
1. Toast or Graham Crackers topped with cream cheese and fresh fruit or jelly.
My missy especially loves cream cheese topped with homemade peach jam as an after-school snack, but any fruit or jelly works. (she also loves cream cheese and jelly sandwiches in her lunches.)
2. Apples and graham crackers with a yogurt and Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
Everybody loves this peanut butter dip! Sweet, creamy, and perfect for dipping fruit and graham crackers. This dip makes for a perfect after-school snack.
3. Fruit with a Healthy Chocolate Dip
Sweet and chocolatey, plus you’ll never guess the secret healthy ingredient used in this dip! (Try to guess before you click the link, I bet you can’t guess it!)
These yogurt and fruit bowls can be dressed up with all sorts of yogurt flavors and fun add-ins! My fave is vanilla yogurt with banana slices, peanut butter and graham cracker crumbles, but if you are a grapefruit fan, you have to check out the Sunrise Special! These yogurt bowls are not only great as an afterschool snack, but they also make a delicious breakfast!
This post has 10 Smoothie Ideas for under 150 calories. These delicious smoothies are full of fruit and will satisfy almost any craving! These are definitely my favorite snack.
I love Chia seep pudding! So many ways to dress it up and it’s so good for you. This snack idea requires a bit of pre-snack prep, but you can make a big batch of the pudding and store it in individual serving-sized containers.
7. Hummus with veggies or pita chips.
We love the roasted red pepper hummus we get from the store with baby carrots, but I also have a great white bean hummus recipe here.
8. Boiled eggs with fruit or veggies.
I recently bought one of those countertop egg cookers. My son loves to use it and he is constantly making boiled eggs for everyone. He makes a bit of a mess peeling the eggs, but I don’t mind since they are healthy. (We especially love eggs and cherry tomatoes as a quick snack.)
9. Apple slices topped with peanut butter and fun toppings.
Can I say, this is the most popular after-school snack? Everyone around here loves peanut butter and by adding a bit of walnut and chocolate chips, It is almost like a dessert, but so good for you with all that protein, healthy fats, and a bit of fiber.
10. Thinly sliced deli meat and cheese stick roll-ups.
Use any combo of meat and cheese and add a pickle. So yummy. I know I have this on the afterschool snack list, but this may or may not have been my lunch today, lol.
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.