After school snacks can be such a pain point for your kids if they're tired of eating the same thing every day. Try out these fun ideas from Britney that are delicious and easy to put together!
Hi Freebs! It’s Britney from Color My Happy! One of my favorite things to talk about is how to better connect with your family, and one fun way to do that is through food. So today I’m talking about after school snacks.
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I don’t know about you, but my kids come home from school hungry! They’ve had a long day, plus my son walks home, so they’re ready to refill their tummies and refuel their energy to get them through homework, chores, extracurriculars, and playing with friends. What better way is there to connect than to have some yummy snacks and a smiling face from mom to greet them home? Keep on reading to get some great snack ideas!
THE BEST KIND OF AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
In my opinion, the best after school snacks are:
- Easy to throw together.
- Fairly healthy.
I’ve found that when after school snacks are fun and exciting, my kids are more likely to fill up on the healthy stuff, too! I've got 5 after school snacks coming at you that your kids (and you!) are sure to love.
Who doesn’t love Nutella?! It’s so good! While all you really need to enjoy Nutella is a spoon, this snack idea spices things up and makes it a little more healthy. Simply grab some items that dip well and serve them up with a scoop of Nutella.
- Apple Slices
- Graham Crackers
- Animal Crackers
- Vanilla Wafers
- Potato Chips
- Mini Rice Cakes
The options are endless! You can serve it platter style with a bunch of options and a bowl of Nutella to dip and share, or you can put a spoonful of Nutella on each kid’s plate with two or three options, like half a banana and a handful of pretzel sticks.
If your kids don’t like Nutella (or have a hazelnut allergy), you can use the same basic idea, but substitute something in place of the Nutella.
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Cookie Butter
- Yogurt Dip
This after school snack is a hit with my kids!
VEGGIE TRAY WITH FUN DIPS
What is it about dips that make raw veggies so much more exciting? My kids “don’t like veggies”…until I pull out some ranch or other fun dips and then they can’t stop eating them!
When I feel like my kids haven’t been getting enough vegetables in their diets, this veggie tray is one of the best after school snacks.
- Hummus – Choose one flavor or try multiples!
- Dill Dip – I add equal parts mayo and sour cream, then add in some dill, seasoned salt, garlic powder, dehydrated chopped onions, and pepper.
Tip: Serve a couple vegetables you know your kids love, then serve something they either aren’t sure about or haven’t been exposed to yet. You might be surprised and find them trying something you thought they’d never eat!
MEAT AND CHEESE KABOBS
These make such fun after school snacks! There’s something about food served on a skewer that makes kids so happy. It’s just fun!
My kids have their favorites that they'll eat every time, but I like to change it up every once in a while and give them new options to try together.
- Pepperoni, olive, and mozzarella cheese (I just sliced up a stick of string cheese)
- Ham, Colby Jack cheese, and pickles
- Turkey, Swiss cheese, and cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber, diced chicken breast, and grapes
Try a variety of combos and see what your kids like best!
MINI FRUIT PIZZAS
Fruit pizzas have always been one of my favorite treats, so I’ve loved introducing them to my kids. When I make these for after school snacks, my kids’ faces light up!
There are many different versions of fruit pizzas. All you need are three main things to put them together and your kids will be licking the deliciousness off of their fingers in no time!
- Homemade sugar cookie
- Store bought sugar cookie
- Store bought cookie dough, baked (this is my favorite option—easy, but still warm and fairly tasty)
- Graham cracker
- Rice cake
- Homemade frosting
- Store bought frosting
- 1 tub of Cool Whip mixed with 1 packet vanilla pudding mix
- Yogurt mixed with Cool Whip
- Pick a few toppings and make the pizzas up yourself.
- Do a rainbow pizza, using a fruit for each color of the rainbow.
- Slice up a bunch of fruit, then let your kids add their own toppings.
Letting my kids choose their own toppings adds an extra element of fun for them, it's definitely my favorite way to do the toppings! However, I've made these for a party before and it was definitely much easier to make them up myself since it was for a lot of kids.
TORTILLA CHIP PLATTER AFTER SCHOOL SNACK
My kids love Mexican food—rice, beans, tacos, quesadillas, chips and salsa, you name it. So this tortilla chip platter is a huge hit with them!
I simply put some tortilla chips and a bunch of Mexican food staples in my favorite CorningWare dishes, then let them dip and load up the chips to their hearts’ content!
- Pinto Beans
- Black Beans
- Refried Beans
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Ground Beef with Taco Seasoning
- Diced Chicken
- Shredded Lettuce
- Diced Olives
- Diced Tomatoes
- Pico de Gallo
If your kids like Mexican food, they’ll love making their own creations with this after school snack!
MORE THAN JUST AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
In my opinion, after school snacks are more than just a snack. Having a fun snack waiting for my kids when they get home is just another little way to say, “I love you!”
Plus, it puts them in a good mood and gets them sitting so I can talk to them about their day or read a book to them. This is the perfect bonding time after they’ve been away from me for hours!
I hope your kids enjoy these after school snacks! Let me know which one you think your kids would like best in the comments below. If you want more tips on how to connect with your family, come visit me on my blog or Instagram.
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Hi, I’m Britney and I’m passionate about helping moms find joy in motherhood through self-love—recognizing the good we do as moms, productivity—learning how to get more done in less time, and relationships—finding the best ways connect with those we love. Motherhood is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding, things in the world, so I love connecting with other moms and sharing our stories, struggles, and tips & tricks. I’d love to see you over on my website Color My Happy!