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Back to School: After School Snacks

If your kids are anything like mine, they come home from school every single day starving and looking for snacks as soon as they walk in the door. If I don’t have healthy, ready-to-eat snacks available for them to grab, they end up snacking on unhealthy food and ruining their dinner. I spent some time this past weekend putting some snacks together for my boys, and I’m excited to share them with all of you!

Here’s what I made last weekend:
  • Hummus & Sliced Cucumbers
    • This is such an easy snack to put together to have ready when the littles come home. I cut up my veggies when I bring them home from the grocery store and keep them in little snack sized baggies or plastic containers in the fridge. If your littles don’t like cucumbers, hummus is great with carrots, peppers, broccoli or pita chips too.
  • Better Than Store-Bought Granola Bars
    • These granola bars are a favorite in our house! My husband requests them on a regular basis and my boys love helping me make them. They are healthy, they taste good and they are cheaper to make at home. You can find my recipe here!
  • Fruit Kabobs with Strawberries & Grapes
    • I had strawberries and grapes on hand so that’s what I used for my kabobs. You can use apples, oranges, bananas or just about any fruit you have in the fridge. These would also be good with some cubed cheese added to them.
  • Watermelon Popsicles
    • My boys love watermelon, but I have to admit that I rarely buy it because I don’t like cutting it up. It’s just too messy! Well, I found a way to give my boys watermelon without the mess! I bought a watermelon, cut off the top and used one of these immersion blenders to puree the watermelon into a juice. Then, pour the juice into these popsicle molds from Ikea and freeze! They’re so easy with less mess!
  • Pretzel & Cheese Lollipops
    • For this one, it’s all about presentation. Just grab some pretzel sticks and cubed cheese and put them together. It’s a fun way to switch things up for the kiddos!
  • String Cheese & Turkey Rollups
    • I used sliced turkey for my rollups but you can use sliced ham, chicken or even pepperoni for these too! 
  • Apple Slices with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips
    • These work best with mini chocolate chips but you can use the regular ones too if that’s what you have at home. Slice the apples, apply peanut butter and sprinkle with chocolate chips. It helps if you let the apples come to room temperature before making this one, so the peanut butter spreads on a little easier.
  • Greek Yogurt with Honey, Sliced Almonds & Blueberries
    • My favorite Greek yogurt these days is Fage! I serve it topped with granola or sliced almonds, blueberries and a little bit of honey to sweeten it up. If you’re feeling extra nice, you can add a few chocolate chips to this too. That’s what I do when I want to use this as a dessert rather than a snack. 🙂
Here are some additional ideas that would be perfect for after school snacks:
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (find the recipe here)
Chocolate Almond Energy Bites (find the recipe here)
Peanut Butter Protein Balls (find the recipe here)

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