When my kids come home from school, they are HUNGRY. In fact, sometimes, they are just plain HANGRY. On days like that, I don’t ask any questions. Drop your backpack, wash your hands, and get to the kitchen. On my best days, I have some snacks already prepped and I get bonus points. On the regular days, I give them some options and get some nourishment in them before any after school meltdowns can begin. Here are a few of our simple and easy favorites that will keep them full and happy until dinner time.
Caramel Dipped Apples
This is a pretty easy “recipe” but sure to impress your kiddos. For this simple snack, just slice your favorite apples and dip them into caramel. (I suggest using a toothpick to keep them from sliding into the dip.) Then, gently place the apple slices into your favorite sprinkles. We chose yellow and orange to celebrate the fall colors. My nine year old suggested that they looked like lips, so they might be perfect for a girls’ spa day birthday party – apple lips dipped in pink or red sprinkles! So many possibilities!
At my latest book club, a friend made these for us. She sliced the apples into smaller pieces and dipped them into crushed nuts. Delicious and perfect for a Moms Night In!
Easy Loaded Graham Crackers
What is it about a graham cracker? They are so simple and yet so satisfying, no matter your age! For this simple snack, pick the butter of your choice – peanut, sunbutter, almond and slather it on. We have tried honey graham, cinnamon and chocolate – you really can’t go wrong. Top with your kid’s favorite fruit: strawberries, blueberries, apples, and claim your title as snack master! Protein and fruit – a winner!
Whole Wheat Bread with Cream Cheese and Toppings
This is a simple and satisfying snack. I lightly toast some wheat bread, slather on some cream cheese, and lay out toppings. You can go with a sweet variety with fruit (as pictured) or you can go more savory with items like turkey and cheese. If your kids go for herbed cream cheese, it makes an even better savory snack!
Easy Popcorn Bar
Who doesn’t love popcorn? You can always go with the microwave bag variety, but I love a silicone popper with real kernels. Add some butter and salt, and you are set! For a special treat, I may sprinkle in some chocolate candies or peanuts and raisins to spice things up a bit! A classic easy winner.
Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits
Kids aren’t that different that adults when it comes to presentation. When I pour some vanilla yogurt in a pretty cup, top it with fresh, bright fruit and granola, they ooh and aah and chow down. Smooth and filling, it is the perfect after school snack option with protein and fruit.
More Great Ideas
For more great ideas for healthy, quick and delicious after school snacks, I love to read what’s going on at I am Baker and The Spruce Eats. Both have amazing recipes on items that can keep our kids full and happy.