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Over 50 easy after school snacks including mini meals, healthy snacks for kids, and quick filling options. Free printable list of ideas for snack time.
The couple of hours after school can be rough as a parent. Having a plan, and easy after school snacks ready to serve can make a big difference in how your evening goes.
Today’s post is all about the why, how, and what of preparing after school snacks for your kids.
Why Be Prepared with After School Snacks
When the kids get home from school, there is usually still a couple of hours before dinner time. Their in-school lunch was probably hours earlier.
Kids really need a healthy after school snack to fuel them and tide them over until dinner time. Not only are small and frequently meals / snacks healthier for your body, they can be essential for kids that are growing and so active throughout the day.
Having easy snacks ready to go and giving your children the power to choose from healthy options can make this busy and sometimes stressful time of the day go much smoother!
What After School Snacks Work Best?
There are lots of great after school snack options, but I like to create mini-meals out of our snack times. Rather than just stick to granola bars, fruit snacks, or other pre-packaged goods, for the most part I look towards items that will be filling.
I created a printable list of after school snack ideas for our family. We don’t always have every item on hand, but in general it helps them to:
- encourage them to pick from a variety of items
- know what choices are acceptable for snack times
- and the list works as a quick reference for me before shopping trips
I broke down their snack options in two main categories — they can choice a mini meal or two smaller snack items (with at least one being a healthy option) to create a custom mini meal to hold them over until dinner.
One mini meal my kids love, and often choose, is Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs! They’re so fast to make, just microwave for 48 seconds.
As a busy parent, I appreciate that they can handle all the steps themselves from picking out an after school snack, grabbing a plate, microwaving the Foster Farms Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs, and adding ketchup or ranch as a dipping side.
They’ve usually picked out, prepared, eaten, and cleaned up their snack in about 10 minutes and are running out the door to play with their neighbor friends.
An Ideal & Easy After School Snack!
My favorite after school snack for my kids to pick is a mini meal. That may seem strange, but I find it gives them the fuel they need to go out and play with the neighborhood kids and burn off some energy before evening rolls around.
Foster Farms Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs are one of my very favorite choices because they make next to no mess and are quick and easy to prepare! With four hungry boys, that’s important to this mama!
My boys love the corn dogs, they have a great taste. Did you know that they’re made of chicken? And of course, they have no added hormones or steroids and no trans fats. In fact, they’re a great protein option with 7 grams of protein per serving!
Another fast, and favorite, mini meal after school is the Foster Farms Chicken Breast Nuggets.
50 Easy After School Snack Ideas
Now, on to my list! Here are over 50 easy snack ideas — most of which your grade school child should be able to prepare with little or no help!
This gives them options, but also limitations, and helps cut down the drama. You can let your child choose their snack, within your limited options and quantities, and no longer worry about endless snacking!
1 – Mini Meal
- Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Lunchmeat Sandwich
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Tortilla Chips with Salsa or Bean Dip
- Can of Soup
- Bagel with Cream Cheese
- Toast with Jelly
- Fried Egg on Toast
- Tuna & Crackers
- Chicken Nuggets
- Hot Dog
- Breakfast or Frozen Burrito
- Chicken & Rice
~ OR ~
2 – Snack Items
1 (or 2) Healthy Items — 1 must be from this category but both may be.
- String Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Bell Peppers
- Mandarin Orange
Up to 1 Pantry Item — No more than 1 can be from this category. They may pick 1 if only picked 1 from the above healthy list.
- Raisins / Craisins
- Dry Cereal
- Pepperoni Stick
- Fruit Cup
- Granola Bar
- Graham Crackers
- Animal Crackers
- Peanut Butter
- Fruit Snacks
Printable After School Snacks List
You can save and print a copy of our After School Snacks list. I post this list inside our pantry right by our snack bin which makes it easy for my kids to see, and make a choice!
Printing out a list helps them pick a variety of options as they’ll quickly scan the list and remember an old favorite to try again this week.
The printable snack list is a PDF document as the formatting and fonts would not line up properly in a word document. If you need to adjust the list, you can copy and paste the text bullet point list above, and edit and format as may be needed.
What other after school snacks do your kids enjoy?