12 After School Snack Ideas for Kids and Teens
Do you struggle with finding healthy after school snacks? A few months ago my schedule required me to get home later than usual four days out of the week. Usually my mama will pick the kiddos up for me and watch what they eat. But she took up some consulting and that left my daddy with the privilege of cruising through carpool and watching the kiddos until the hubby and I got off of work. Unbeknownst to me the kids were eating up all kinds of food after school. Come to find out, instead of light snacks after school they were inhaling meals: An entire plate of grandma’s leftover Sunday dinner A whole frozen pizza Fries and sometimes sandwiches at fast food places they got the best granddaddy in the world to take them to “I’m not hungry. I don’t want to eat dinner.” My son would sometimes tell me when I got home from work. After the third or fourth time I had to start asking some questions. What was going on? That’s when I found out about the heavy snacks after school. This is just my own philosophy, but if I can get dinner on the table by at least 6:30 pm at the latest than anything eaten after school should be a snack. And in my mind a snack means something to tide you over until you eat dinner. Which means leftover turkey wings, gravy and rice and collard greens do not, absolutely count! Solution: I have decided to leave approved after school snacks in the fridge or waiting at the grandparents’ house. Hopefully this works!
Snack ideas for after school:1. Homemade trail mix – for the nut-tolerant child/teen only! (from tasteofhome.com) 2. Check out this Granola mix recipe: Only 5 Ingredients! 3. Or yummm, what about Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather 4. Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Fruit Dip (from skinnytaste.com) 5. Fruit Cups – make in advance so the kids can scoop right out of the refrigerator after school. This way you can perhaps cut down on the kids complaining about having to go through the fruit drawer and finding it difficult (aka too lazy) to wash off the fruit. (from marthastewart.com) 6. Crackerwiches - I remember these as a kid. Mostly I filled mine with peanut butter and jelly. You can just about put anything in between these two: turkey, cheese of choice, or fruit. (from FoodNetwork.com) 7. Pretzel Cheese Melts (from boarshead.com) 8. Baked Sweet Potato Fries (from sugarfreemom.com) 9. Tortilla Pizza Chips - Don’t want to give the full nacho effect before dinner, but would love to offer the taste? Try this tortilla chips with melted cheese and salsa. – Delish! (from parenting.com) 10. Easy Cheese Crackers Recipe 11. Frozen Grapes – yes even in the winter they are still delish! (by weelicious.com) 12. Bean and cheese roll-ups - Soccer season is about to pick back up for us. I hate having to pick up dinner a couple of nights a week from some fast food place because we only have time to come home, change from school to soccer clothes and then get back home in enough time to do homework and swallow whatever food we can scrounge up quickly. Not only is picking up fast food all the time unhealthy, but it’s also expensive! As an alternative we are going to try this quick, easy and healthier heavy snack.
What after school snacks do your kids/teens love?