Need some easy, quick, and nutrient-dense ideas to feed those kids at the end of a busy day of learning? Make a few of these healthy after school snacks to have on hand, make afternoons easier, and help those kiddos fill up on fueling foods!
Healthy After School Snack ideas
Learning sure does make kids hungry!
Who am I kidding? Children always seem to be hungry!
Which makes sense because they are constantly growing. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. Socially. All the growing is hard work and those little humans need all the fuel they can get.
But I will say, they always seem to be especially hungry after school.
Maybe it is because their school lunch time is quite early. Or because they would rather socialize at lunch than eat. Perhaps they are super active after school. Or going through one of those never-ending growth spurts. Perhaps it is simply their natural eating cues to be hungrier in the afternoon than in the morning.
Whatever their reason, these kids are starving and want something to eaaaaaaattttttt. And you want something that they will enjoy AND will fill them full of the good stuff! Here are some easy and healthy after school snacks to keep on hand…for you and those little humans!
The ultimate EASY make ahead snack (or breakfast)! Muffins can be packed with fiber-rich ingredients, nutrient dense veggies and don’t have to be loaded with sugar! They are easy for prep ahead of time and to grab-and-go when those hungry kids come calling.
Easy to make on the fly or prep the ingredients in freezer safe containers ahead of time so you can dumb and blend. Smoothies are full of good-for-you ingredients that you will adore yours kids filling up on. Fruit + veggies and lots of different ways to make smoothies that fit your kiddos needs and tastes preferences, smoothies make the perfect healthy after school snack!
3. Homemade dip with sliced veggies
You can whip up a dip in 5 minutes or less and have it on hand for hungry kiddos to enjoy as a healthy after school snack for days to come. My personal favorite is this quick & easy homemade ranch. It is yogurt based, super easy to make and tastes better than any store bought ranch I have tried! Next favorite would be this easy peanut sauce! Both go great with raw veggies and are low effort to make.
4. No-bake bites
A healthy after school snack that tastes like a dessert? Yes please! These No-Bake Peanut Butter Carrot Balls are a constant in our freezer for when one of us gets hungry between meals or just needs a sweet treat. Bonus: You can make these way in advance and have them in the freezer for a month!
Also check out No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites!
5. Chia pudding
Chia pudding is an EASY and yum way to get super healthy (and filling!) chia seeds into your kiddos! It can be made in minutes and stored in your fridge for a quick grab-and-gobble healthy after snack! I love this classic chia seed pudding made with coconut milk . This pumpkin pie chia pudding is also magical and rocks a healthy boost of pumpkin in each bite!
If the texture of chia seed pudding will send your kids running, try this Instant & Smooth Chocolate Chia Pudding.
6. Breakfast cookies
If they are healthy enough for breakfast, then they are healthy enough for after school snacks…right?
That works in my book! And breakfast cookies are a great make-ahead option too! Usually freezer friendly, these are perfectly portioned out and easy to hand those hungry kids at the end of the day!
Need a few cookie recipes to get you going? Try
- Morning Glory Breakfast cookies
- Zucchini Almond Butter Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Spinach Cookies
- Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies
This could fall under dips, but hummus kinda deserves a healthy after-school snack category all its own! Loaded with plant protein from chickpeas, hummus is a great snack to have on hand for those kids who need a little oomph in their snacks.
Go with classic hummus or dazzle then with this stunning beet hummus (that doesn’t taste like earthy beets!).
8. Veggie-Loaded Pizza bites
Say what? Pizza for a healthy after school snack? How excited would your kids be?
These veggie-packed stuffed pizza bites are a great, out-of-the-box snack option that also helps get those veggies into your kiddos while dazzling their pizza-loving taste buds!
A classic childhood favorite snack….but with added veggies! Easy on the eyes, taste buds and filling those hungry bellies!
10. Snack cake
I didn’t know snack cake was a thing until this year, but now I do and I’m obsessed! And so is my daughter! Perfect to bake up at the start of the week and dish out as needed, this apple snack cake recipe is full of good ingredients and low in added sugar!