“Mom, I'm hungry!” The famous three words heard around the world after school!
School's back in session, and so much studying can really work up an appetite! When the kids get home with rumbling tummies, you need some easy after school snacks to keep them going ‘til dinner.
But what should children be eating at snack time? That's a good question!
We’ve rounded up 9 easy and healthy after-school snacks to prepare ahead of time. They’ll love what they’re eating and you’ll love that it’s healthy.
Dry-Roasted Edamame and Cranberries
Doesn’t this look pretty? Your kids will find it just as addictive as regular store-bought snack mixes, but you don’t have to worry about all the sugar, salt, and preservatives in the store brand.
Get the recipe here for Dry-Roasted Edamame and Cranberries
Beans are a super food! Inexpensive, tasty and well worth the effort, home-baked chickpeas will deliver not just crunch, but all-important fibre, iron and folate to your diet. You can make a big batch, cool them, and store for future snack attacks.
Get the recipe here for Roasted Chickpeas
Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheese-sticks.
Get the recipe here for Baked Mozzarella Bites
Crunchy Caramel Corn
Corn is a whole grain (though, you don’t have to tell your kids). This sweet and crunchy caramel corn is so easy to make and will have them begging for it as soon as they walk in the front door.
Get the recipe here for Crunchy Caramel Corn
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These soft, yummy sweet potato fries are healthier than regular french fries (and taste great dipped in ketchup or even just plain).
Get the recipe here for Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Zucchini Mini Muffins
Zucchini Muffins recipe are the perfect after-school snack. Your kids will scarf down these muffins so fast you’d think they were eating candy! Nope, it’s just good old fruit and vegetables.
For even portions, use a small ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
Get the recipe here for Zucchini Muffins
Apple cookies make the perfect snack: Crisp juicy apple slices, smothered with nut butter, then topped with shredded coconut, walnuts and chocolate chips. This recipe is so easy to master, your little chefs will be shooing you out of the kitchen in no time.
What you need:
¼ cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
¼ cup almonds, sliced
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup chocolate chips
Slice apple into thick rings and remove core. Spread nut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. Enjoy!
Recipe from Rachel Schultz
Nutella and Banana Sushi
Kids will eat anything if you add Nutella to it – even bananas! Turn the two into fun sushi bites and you’ve got snack time covered!
Get the recipe here for Nutella and Banana Sushi
Crunchy Roasted Green Peas
Your kids can munch on a bowl of these crunchy peas while they work on homework, or fill a baggie for them to take to practice! Either way, these are sure to be a hit.
Get the recipe here for Crunchy Roasted Peas
Hopefully with all these ideas, you’ll never be stuck at snack time again! What's your favorite after school snack idea? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!