You pick your kiddos up from school and before you can ask, “How was your day?” they immediately announce, “I’M STARVING”. If you’re not careful they will come home and eat everything in sight. What you need are some quick and easy after school snacks that won’t ruin dinner.
Simple After School Snack Ideas
Ok, here’s the deal:
Kids are hungry after school.
It totally makes sense too. Some classes have “lunch” as early as 10:45am. Plus they have spent an entire day learning, playing and using all of their energy to be as good as they possibly can be.
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So for sure they are going to arrive home with empty bellies that need to be filled.
In addition to just “being hungry,” this is typically a time where you might see some bad attitudes, meltdowns, and tantrums start to happen.
Most times, this can be attributed to low blood sugar. By providing a healthy after school snack you can replenish their energy and prevent some of those bad behaviors.
In most cases the adult needs to provide the snack.
This is simply because if kids are allowed to choose their own they are going to fill up on cookies, ice cream, and anything else they can get their hands on. This is going to cause problems as well since too much sugar can make kids hyper and anxious.
At the same time, you want to make sure they don’t eat too many snacks and then refuse to eat dinner.
So, what’s the solution?
All you need are some easy after school snack ideas to keep your kiddos happy and healthy.
Healthy After School Snack Ideas for Kids
I know what you’re thinking…
You are already preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday.
Now you have to make snacks too?
I hear you…I have two children of my own and I am right in the trenches with you.
I promise that these recipes are quick and easy.
Here is a list of recipes for after-school snacks that won’t make you feel like your child’s personal chef:
Healthy After School Snacks
The kids just got home from school and they are STARVING! If you're not prepared, they will eat everything in sight and then when dinner comes around they'll say, "I'm not hungry".
Today we're sharing a ton of healthy after school snack ideas and recipes that you can make quickly and feel good about.
Oatmeal bars with an applesauce filling are simple to prepare and taste fantastic as a snack. Even the most finicky eater is certain to enjoy these! It's made with an oatmeal crust and oatmeal crumb topping. It's ideal served as a dessert or after-school snack!
Yes, this recipe calls for sugar, but it isn’t much. Plus cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar so it’s the perfect combo. If you want to make it dairy free you could just do a light spray of avocado oil to help the topping stick.
This Raisin Sushi is made with 6 wholesome ingredients like raisins, apples, carrots, cinnamon, cream cheese and whole wheat tortillas). They are even easy enough that kids could make it themselves as an after-school snack!
Apple pizzas are a delicious and nutritious treat. They're perfect for breakfast, lunch, dessert or snack time. And because they're so customisable, children will always be excited to help out in the kitchen.
Looking for a healthy after school snack option the kids will love? These chocolate granola bars are perfect! Made with oats and no added sugar, they can be customized with your favorite add-ins to make them even tastier. And they're gluten-free!
If you're looking for a new way to use ripe bananas, these chunky monkey oatmeal balls are perfect! They're full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey - making them a delicious snack for kids and grown-ups alike.
These Air Fryer banana chips are cooked to crispy perfection for a quick healthy snack that the whole family will love! Great for eating on the go and serving with dip when the kids get home from school.
Peanut Butter Banana Roll Ups are a fantastic kid-friendly snack that adults will enjoy as well. Ideal for a fast breakfast, school lunches, or an afternoon bite. A fun finger food that you can customize or modify for any nut or food allergies.
If you are looking for a fun and unique after-school snack, these Apple Graham Cracker Snack Nachos are the perfect option! Made with familiar and new foods, they're sure to be a hit with even the pickiest eaters. Superfoods like chia and flax are combined with other kid friendly foods, so they won't even notice.
Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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