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9 Quick and Healthy After-School Snacks

Aug 17, 2015

Back to school is right around the corner, so let the lunch-packing and after-school snacks begin! I don’t know about your kids, but my kids always come home from school starving and wanting a quick snack. I don’t want them to ruin their appetite for supper, nor do I want to spend a lot of time making them a snack. I have come up with nine great after-school snacks to help satisfy those hunger pains, and offer plenty of nutritional benefits.

1. Greek yogurt with granola and fresh berries. Protein-packed Greek yogurt will satisfy their hunger pains. Sprinkle with a little granola and some fresh berries and you’ve got yourself a satisfying and delicious snack.

2. Grab your kids some healthy crackers and some creamy cheese spread. My kids love these artisan cranberry crisps with spreadable cheese.

3. Another great protein-rich snack is melba toast spread with peanut butter, cheese slices and thin slices of apple. Yummy!

4. How about some fresh fruits with a variety of yummy dips?! Some of my kid’s favourite dips are yogurt, caramel, and chocolate!

5. These apple, peanut butter and granola rings are a delicious and healthy snack. Cut slices of apple and cut out the core. Spread some peanut butter on the apples and sprinkle with granola.

6. Another favourite snack in my household is a banana dipped in chocolate pudding. Pudding made with 2% milk has protein and calcium and dipping the banana in the pudding is not only delicious, but fun for kids too!

7. Trail mix is a great, protein-rich snack to give kids the energy they need. We like to make our own with combinations of nuts, dried fruits, seeds, yogurt-covered raisins, pretzels or whatever your kids like!

8. Veggies and dip is a healthy and delicious snack for kids. My kids love to dip their veggies in ranch veggie dip (made with sour cream) and hummus. These dips are healthy and makes eating veggies fun!

9. Homemade tortilla crisps and salsa is a quick and easy snack that is delicious. I like to cut small tortillas into triangles and bake them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until starting to brown. They are crisp and delicious, and a healthy alternative to store-bought tortilla chips for dipping into fresh garden salsa.

These nine snacks are healthy and delicious and sure to please your little one’s grumbling tummy after a fun-filled day of learning at school.

What's your go-to after school snack? Share in the comments! 

This post was originally published in August 2014. 

Article Author Jill Dubien
Jill Dubien

Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and two wonderful kids—a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. People who know her personally find it extremely humorous that she is now the self-proclaimed “Queen of fun food.” Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids.

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