My girls come home from school STARVING. As a result, I created this list of 15 healthy and easy after school snacks for kids that will fill them up, too.
Kids: Mom, we’re STARVING. Can we have cookies?
Me: No, eat something healthy. Get some carrots or fruit or something.
(The girls each eat a large handful of baby carrots.)
Kids: Mom, we’re STILL starving.
Me: Why don’t you have some crackers?
(The girls each eat a bowl of Wheat Thins.)
Kids: Is it time for dinner yet? We’re starving. Can we have candy?
Me: No. Eat some almonds.
(The girls each eat a handful of almonds.)
Kids: And some chips?
Me: Fine. You can have a few chips.
(They grab a bunch of chips.)
Kids: Is it dinner-time now? We’re still –
Me: FOR THE LOVE! EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT! HAVE AN ENTIRE BOX OF COOKIES! JUST FILL YOURSELVES UP, PLEASE!!!
This is pretty much the standard scenario at our house after school. My girls have been slowly killing me with their demand for after school snacks. I know they are genuinely hungry because they always have an appetite for dinner, but the nonstop nibbling and back and forth and begging for snacks is driving me all the way up the wall.
For the sake of my own sanity, I decided that I need to have a more organized approach to finding easy after school snacks, and to treat them almost like a mini meal. I wrote out a list of healthy and easy snacks that are filling and quick to prepare (or can be made ahead and waiting for them when they get home).
My plan is to serve one or more of these snacks right after school each day, let the girls eat until they’re full, and then no more snacking until dinner. Fingers crossed…hopefully it works!
15 Healthy & Easy After School Snacks for Kids
- deviled/hardboiled eggs
- steam-in-bag edamame
- avocado & tortilla chips
- apples & peanut butter
- banana, nut butter & chocolate milk smoothie
- yogurt & granola
- turkey pepperoni & crackers
- popcorn & pistachios
- pita chips & hummus
- peanut-butter filled pretzels
- granola bar & fruit
- pasta salad w/ veggies
- tuna salad on triscuits
- homemade popsicles
- almonds & veggie chips
If you have any other healthy and easy after school snack ideas to share, please do so in the comments! And be sure to check out my other posts about feeding a family.