5 Awesome and Healthy After School Snacks Ideas
After School Snacks are, at least in my house, the difference between a happy or hideous walk home from school. I need strong after school snacks game as my kids look forward to it and are genuinely hungry after all that running about. I am fairly sure that once they return to school after lockdown this will increase as they are so used to just going to the cupboard whenever throughout the day. I am sure I can’t be the only one with after school snacks obsessed kids so I thought I would share some of our favourites and I have pulled together 5 after school snacks ideas for you to try with your own kids.
Why bother with After School Snacks?
When my eldest started school I didn’t even know that this was a thing. I didn’t know I was supposed to bring a snack, but it took me less than a nano second to work it out…
My apparently starved child threw a temper tantrum beside me because there was no snack. We hot footed it to Lidl and calm reigned once again.
After that I spent a term getting the snack wrong and he spent a term losing his sense of reason. It seems that as a mother you are supposed to know that just because he liked crackers on Monday it does not mean he likes them on Thursday. Eventually he stopped being so tired at the end of the school day and the tears dissipated, but the love of after school snacks did not!
After School Snacks Ideas – Treat Friday
My kids love of after school snacks runs so deep that I tend to plan them in advance now. I have introduced ‘Treat Friday’ so that they do not expect me to be arriving straining under the weight of doughnuts on a Monday afternoon. I just don’t want them to have sweet stuff everyday and feel like that is the norm. So now I think a bit more about what I am giving them so that I can use after school snacks to support the principals of healthy and balanced eating that I already try to instil at mealtimes. Try being the operative word as I have one very fussy eater!
Then once a week I give them something that seems more treat like and we have a babycino with marshmallows when they get home. Even in the Friday Treat I try to reduce sugar or at least replacing refined sugars and flours for more natural alternatives for example in these Chocolate Cookies. The kids don’t care if there is a bit less sugar in their cookie as long as it tastes great. The main thing is for them to learn that a little bit of a treat is totally fine, but not everyday.
Great after school snacks ideas
So now down to the important bit the actual recipes. I thought it would be best to do a dedicated post to each of my after school snacks ideas so that you could have all the detail you need to make them and so that you can bookmark the ones you like rather than always having to come back to this round up post when you needed an individual idea, but equally if you are looking for a school week full of ideas you can get it right here so here we go…
- HomeMade Breadsticks – this is not as labour intensive as it sounds and sure you can buy them, but they will undoubtedly have more salt in them than you would ordinarily add to your kids food. Also I have found if I make them myself they are more filling and so the kids don’t decimate the supply in one sitting.
- Energy Balls – these are a huge hit with my kids as they taste chocolatey since they contain cocoa. They are great for giving a energy and filling up the kids until dinner. The only issue with these is they have nuts in them so we can’t eat them until we are clear of the school
- Cream Cheese Bites these are perhaps the simplest after school snacks on my ideas list, but the kids love them! They literally take seconds to throw together and will get yummed up!
- Homemade Fruit Roll Ups I won’t lie to you these do take time, but most of that time is spent with them in the oven so they aren’t labour intensive really and they do last a while and taste great, but of course you can always buy them if you don’t want to make them
- Oat and Strawberry Cookies A perfect low sugar, but high in taste and treat value for treat fridays on your after school snacks list. The great thing about these cookies is that you can swap out the dried strawberries for any dried fruit that your kids prefer. They also taste amazing with apricots and with raisins.
I hope that you enjoy making these after school snacks ideas and that they keep your little ones away from the snack cupboard for at least 10 minutes 🙂
If you enjoyed this post you may also find this one helpful…. School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters