August 10, 2020

8 Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids

8 healthy after-school snack ideas for kids that are easy, nutritious, tasty and that kids love!
My kids have never, ever missed snack time. During the last several months with the kids at home, we have put snack times into place and it has helped immensely from the kids asking for a snack every 2 seconds. Snack times are 10 AM, 3 PM and after dinner in our house. With kids going back to school whether that be at home for virtual learning, homeschooling or returning to school, kids are going to be hungry after school. These are some of our favorite healthy after-school snacks.

8 Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids

1. Prairie Farms Yogurt

My kids love grabbing a yogurt for a snack any time of day. We usually top them with chia seeds for a boost of omega-3 and fiber. The yogurts from Prairie Farms are great! They are the perfect size for school lunches or after-school snacks. They are made with local milk and no artificial growth hormones. 

My kids love the taste of these Prairie Farms yogurts and will eat them for breakfast, snack or for part of their lunch. I like the whole milk yogurts for them the best but the lowfat ones are great too.

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2. Fruit

The kids will eat any kind of fruit for a snack! They love apples, oranges, watermelon, berries, grapes, bananas, etc. Aside from fresh fruit, try dried fruit, frozen fruit and applesauce. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

3. Granola bars

Whether they are homemade or store-bought, my son is the biggest fan of bars. They are easy to eat on-the-go if you're racing to a sports practice or even to eat at home. Look for ones low in sugar and that have some protein and fiber. Try these peanut butter and jelly granola bars

healthy cheese board

4. Cheese and crackers plate

Troy likes making the kids a little snack plate with cheese, crackers, pepperoni and some fruit or vegetables. We just do little portions of each and the kids love the variety. Mom likes the protein and calcium.

This 3-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Ice Cream takes 3 minutes to make and is much healthier than your typical ice cream but still delicious! #bananas #strawberry #strawberries #healthy #cleaneating #healthydessert #icecream #bananaicecream

5. Healthy fruit ice cream

When my kids want a treat, I take 2 minutes and blend frozen fruit with a little milk in my food processor for a healthier whipped soft-serve ice cream. It is so good! Strawberry banana, mango and blueberry banana are all favorites. You can also add in yogurt if you want- the Prairie Farms ones are extra creamy and work well. Try my 3-ingredient strawberry banana ice cream recipe.

6. Ants on a log

The kids think it is fun to make ants on a log with celery, peanut butter and either raisins or dried cranberries. 

Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie

7. Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients for kids. Just blend together your favorite frozen fruit, baby spinach or zucchini if the kids will allow and milk. You can also add in protein powder, Prairie Farms yogurt, chia seeds or flax for additional nutrients. Try this peanut butter banana green smoothie.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are made with whole-grain pancake mix and have no-added sugar! They make a perfect breakfast or snack and are totally kid-friendly. #muffins #banana #peanutbutter #healthy #cleaneating #snack #pb #breakfast

8. Muffins

Homemade muffins are perfect for meal-prep over the weekend and my kids love them. I use whole-wheat flour and less sugar to make them healthier. Try these 3-ingredient peanut butter banana muffins.

These are some of our very favorite after-school snacks. What kinds of after-school snacks do your kids enjoy?

Thank you to Prairie Farms for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.