7 Energy-Boosting Snacks for After School

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When my kids get home from school in the afternoons, they’re exhilarated, exhausted, and full of ideas and stories about the day. But more than anything, they’re hungry. I know they eat breakfast before school because I make it and watch them eat it.  I know they eat lunch at school because their lunch boxes come home with scraps, and I pay their lunch cards.

Yet they come home from school hungry.

It appears they’ve both developed hollow legs, and they require lots of nutrition to fill their hollow legs and fuel their brains — as much as quick food is easy, it’s foods that fuel their brains they need most while doing their homework, and that feeds their bodies while they play afterward.

They need things that fill them up and satisfy their tastebuds till supper. They also need foods they can easily eat while practicing reading, writing and math, and playing outside.

Two after-school snacks that work well in our house, and have become neighborhood favorites as well, are Nutella fruit pizzas and triple berry smoothies. Fresh fruits, frozen fruits, whole grains, greek yogurt, and more … these snacks are picky-kid approved and meet my desire for healthier brain food, too. The triple berry smoothie is my 9-year-old daughter’s absolute favorite.  She will gladly sip on one of these while practicing division and fractions and whatever other new things 4th grade holds in store.


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    7 healthier options for after-school snacks that will please your kids and give them a healthy energy boost!

  • Triple Berry Smoothies 2 of 8
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    Cold and creamy, full of berries and (shhh!) even some veggies, as well as Greek yogurt and a touch of honey, these triple berry smoothies will have your kids begging for a second helping.  Be sure to save some for yourself!  If you're anything like me, you could always use a healthy energy boost!

    Triple Berry Smoothie Recipe


    • 2 Cups Frozen Berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are our current pick)
    • 4 oz plain greek yogurt (vanilla works, too)
    • 3/4 C orange juice
    • 1/2 C fresh spinach leaves
    • 1 Tbsp honey


    1. Place all the ingredients into a large blender and blend until smooth(ish)

    Yield:  2 smoothies

  • Nutella Fruit Pizzas 3 of 8
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    Whole grains, delicious hazelnut chocolate spread and fresh fruit — what kid wouldn't want to dive into these yummy mini pizzas?!  A great after-school treat for your kids or a pick-me-up snack for mom and dad while kids are in school {ahem}.

    Nutella Fruit Pizzas


    • 4 Whole Grain English Muffins
    • Nutella
    • 4 to 5 Strawberries, stem removed and sliced/chopped to your preference
    • 1/2 C blueberries


    1. Toast the english muffins and set aside to cool
    2. Spread each english muffin half with Nutella
    3. Top each of the english muffins liberally with strawberries and blueberries
    4. Cut into 1/4 and serve
  • Oven Roasted Chickpeas 4 of 8
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    Kids love foods that are easy to eat. Even more than that, most kids like foods that make noise or pop when they bite into them.  Surprise your kids with pop in their mouth, crunchy bites of deliciousness that are actually chock full of goodness!

    Get the recipe for oven roasted chickpeas from A Southern Fairytale

  • Hot Dog Kabobs 5 of 8
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    Finger foods are a definite favorite for kids and parents alike, and these hot dog kabobs are as fun to eat as they are to look at. The only limits on the ingredients and combinations are your own imagination! Get with your kids and start planning!

    Get the hot dog kabob recipe on A Southern Fairytale

  • Pickled Cucumbers 6 of 8
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    One of our family's favorite summer recipes involves cucumbers, vinegar and onions, and all the kids are crazy about them!

    These pickled cucumbers are a delicious and refreshing snack for homework or playtime.

    Get the pickled cucumber recipe on A Southern Fairytale

  • Homemade Granola 7 of 8
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    Homemade Granola is wonderful because you control exactly what goes into it. You can add as much dried fruit as you want, sprinkle in a little flax for some added health benefits, and it's delicious served dry, with milk, or even mixed with a little yogurt!

    Get the homemade granola recipe on A Southern Fairytale

  • Fruit Skewers 8 of 8
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    Finger foods are always a hit with kids, and when you add fresh fruit and fun party picks, that takes these finger foods to a whole new level of yummy.

    These fresh fruit skewers are a perfect energy-boosting snack for after school or anytime, really!

    Get the recipe for fresh fruit skewers on A Southern Fairytale


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