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Healthy after school snacks for your little ones. After the bags are unpacked and the shoes are put away snacking is on the agenda. Kids love coming home to easy access snacks after school.
The best advice is to prepare a few of these snacks ahead of time and have them available. Opting to have cut up vegetables, fruits or other healthy snacks available promotes healthy food choices.
Also having dips and spreads on hand and allowing your child to prepare their own snacks helps promote interest in cooking and healthy eating.
after school snack choices
Great after school snacks include vegetable sticks, cheese and crackers, sliced fruit and so much more. Below you will find a list of 50 healthy after school snack ideas.
Keep snacking interesting by switching up the choices. This week have one collection of snacks available and next week have another collection of snacks available. Change up the after school snacks from the ones you sent in today’s lunch.
Cheap and easy snacks are great when the budget is super tight. Granola, fruit slices, nut butter and crackers, vegetable sticks are all great cheap snacks.
Simple cheap after school snacks could be anything available to you in your pantry or fridge. It could be popcorn or raisins or homemade cookies. Work with what you have.
When I think of healthy snacks carrot sticks or celery sticks with nut butter come to mind. Apple and cheese slices or boiled eggs. Trail mix or a fruit smoothie are all great examples of healthy snacks.
easy snacks for kids
An easy snack for kids is anything they can access or make themselves. Having pre-cut vegetables and fruits available ensures easy access. Crackers and cheese slices or but butter toast are all easy snacks for kids.
If you are great in the kitchen fresh baked cookies, granola, biscuits, muffins or homemade yogurt and fruit make great after school snacks.
Finger foods are prime examples of fun snacks, ants on a log (celery, nut butter and raisins), popcorn, foods you can dip like fruit and yogurt, healthy popsicles or the occasional sweet treat.
after dinner snacks
Mini versions of meal leftovers for snacks is a great way to be frugal with food and ensure nutritious snacks. Such as sliders or a mini quiche or section of waffle with nut butter and bananas. Keep it simple and keep it interesting. Variety is the spice of life.
Healthy After School Snack Ideas:
- Vegetable Slices & Dip
- Carrot Sticks and Hummus
- Cucumber & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
- Sliced Cheese
- Crackers and Spread
- Apples & Nut Butter
- Cottage Cheese & Pineapple
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- Trail Mix
- Sliced Meat
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Muffin Bites
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Avocado Toast
- Celery & Seed Butter Spread
- Seed & Nut Protein Bars
- Small Salad
- Bell Peppers & Ranch Dressing
- Snap Peas
- Coconut Chips
- Chia Pudding
- Yogurt Parfaits
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Homemade Granola Bars
- Energy Bites
- Fruit Leather
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Frozen Chocolate Bananas
- Homemade Popsicles
- Apple Chips
- Vegetable Chips
- Guacamole and Tortilla Chips
- Fruit & Cheese Kebobs
- Beef Jerky
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Sweet Potato Chips
Having a full variety of snacks on hand is great, but it can get costly. Save money by shopping your store flyers, bulk buying or making it from scratch.
Keep track of what you have and mix and match. Who says you can’t have roasted pumpkin seeds in your homemade trail mix or sunflower butter with your apples?
Use what you have, improvise and get your kids involved. Shop around and save money.