Back to School Season is officially here. It’s time for alarm clocks (sigh) and earlier bedtimes (happy sigh- I ❤️ sleep).
You work so hard to set your little scholar up for a successful school day. You pack a great lunch, send back signed papers on time, and manage to get through the car drop-off line in record time! You’re crushing this Mom-game.
And then you hear the dreaded question at 4:00 in the mind-numbing afternoon: “Mom, I’m hungry. What can I eat?”
Suddenly, your day goes south. All you really want to do is take a mental break, although you’d definitely go for a bubble bath. Instead you’ve got to wrangle up something in the kitchen for your growing human to consume.
Never fear! Keep reading for two weeks’ worth of snack ideas below. These snacks are easy to prepare (some you can prep the night before), easy on your wallet, and good for your kids’ waistlines! And hey, Mommy needs a little pick-me-up in the afternoon too. So, I’m totally not judging if you indulge in these yummy treats along with your kiddos.
Note: Obviously, I don’t know your family’s unique dietary needs. I’ve based these snack ideas around our family, and generally speaking, we have no food allergies that I know of. So, please think of these ideas below as creative inspiration and tweak them according to your own family’s needs!
Amazing After School Snack Ideas:
- Monday– Organic baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and pita chips with store-bought hummus. Baby carrots are one raw veggie that my son actually enjoys, so I’m more than happy to serve them to him. If your child doesn’t care for hummus, you could go with ranch dressing instead!
- Tuesday– Oatmeal raisin cookies and a glass of milk. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe! Bake these the night before, and simply heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to give that fresh from the oven vibe. Yum!
- Wednesday– Mini club crackers spread with spreadable Swiss cheese (like the kind from Laughing Cow)
- Thursday– Nut butter spread on wheat toast, topped with banana slices and honey drizzle. I could actually go for one of these right now. Be right back…
- Friday- Frozen, organic grapes (yes, stick them in the freezer the night before) and a string cheese
- Monday- Tortilla chips and salsa and a quick cheese quesadilla.
- Tuesday- A baked apple. Nothing says comfort like the aroma of this delight baking in the oven. Check out the recipe here.
- Wednesday- Mini bagel pizzas. Halve two mini bagels to create four mini pizzas. Spread spaghetti or pizza sauce on each bagel half then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and any other topping your child enjoys (pepperoni, mushrooms, pineapple, etc). If you have a toaster oven, cook the pizzas in there or turn on your oven’s broiler and watch the pizzas so they don’t burn!
- Thursday- Fruit kebabs. Take whatever fruit you have on hand and create colorful, fruity skewers of kebabs using plastic skewers. Great way to use up leftover fruit in the fridge and get your kids to eat more fruit!
- Friday- Vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with sliced strawberries (or another berry) and topped with granola. You’d better fix one of these for yourself while you’re making one for your kid. The protein from the yogurt will keep you satisfied and full until dinner time.
There you have it! Two weeks’ worth of afternoon snack ideas for your kiddos. And, let’s be honest, you’ll be snacking well too. What is your go-to afternoon snack for your family?
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