10 Quick & Kid-Friendly After-School Snacks

This is my first year with two kids in school — Speed went last year, but he never seemed to be too tired out from the first year. Now that both him and Raru are hitting the books at school a few times a week, I’ve become quite used to what happens the moment we get back home. They feel like they are STARVING and want to eat right away.

They eat a lot at school, but kids need a lot of energy because they spent all day using up their energy. I like to have a snack for them when we get home for them to eat to tie them over before it’s dinner time. I did realize pretty quickly though that there isn’t a huge amount of time for me to get it all together for them. I need it to be quick, healthy and something that they will actually eat and enjoy.

My kids are only in school part time right now — going only 2-3 times a week, so I can re-use many of the recipes for snacks, but have a great group of about 7 that I tend to rotate that are favorites of the kids — but looking around, there are a lot of fun, quick and healthy recipes for after-school snacks!

Click through for 10 after-school snack ideas that are healthy, enjoyable and quick to prepare:

  • Multi-Grain Chips, Salsa & Guacamole 1 of 10
    Multi-Grain Chips, Salsa & Guacamole
    Kids love being able to dip and you can prepare the dips ahead of time - just pulling them out of the fridge when they get home.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Accustomed Chaos
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  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 2 of 10
    Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
    Salty and sweet this snack gives just the right protein for hunger and sweetness kids crave.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Family Kitchen
    Photo credit: Family Kitchen
  • Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches 3 of 10
    Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches
    Three things that many kids love - apple, marshmallow and peanut butter. If there's a peanut allergy in the family, substitute for soy butter.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Accustomed Chaos
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  • Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich 4 of 10
    Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich
    An oldie but a goodie the kids can make this themselves when they come in the door.
    Photo credit: Flickr
  • Strawberry Jello Cups 5 of 10
    Strawberry Jello Cups
    Super cute, bite-sized, combining fresh strawberries with the fun of jello provides a quick snack.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Busy Mom on the Go
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  • Fruit & Cheese Kabobs 6 of 10
    Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
    Fun to eat, healthy and quick to make.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Lando Lakes
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  • Popcorn 7 of 10
    A kid-favorite, this snack offers more for your nutrition then chips but is still quick and crunchy!
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Hard Boiled Eggs 8 of 10
    Hard Boiled Eggs
    The best thing about these is you can make ahead of time and store in the shell, refrigerated for a week.
    Must Try? Get the Recipe from: Accustomed Chaos
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  • Glass of Milk or Chocolate Soy Milk 9 of 10
    Glass of Milk or Chocolate Soy Milk
    If your kids don't need a huge snack but just a boost of energy, a cold glass of (cow) milk or soy milk could be all they need.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Mixed Nuts 10 of 10
    Mixed Nuts
    The kids won't need a lot, just a handful will give then the right amount of energy to make it to dinner.
    Photo credit: photostock

:: What is your kids favorite after-school snack? ::

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