5-Minute After School Snack Ideas
Take the work out of feeding the kids each afternoon with these quick and healthy ideas suitable for preschoolers on up! Adjust the portion sizes as needed for your child (Nutrition will vary based on the snack idea you choose.)
PRETZELS, CHEESE, AVOCADO 1/2 cup pretzels, 1 ounce cheese, 1/4 cup avocado PRETZELS, NUT/SEED BUTTER, BERRIES 1/2 cup pretzels, 2 tablespoons nut/seed butter, 1/2 cup berries PRETZELS, NUTELLA, MILK 1/2 cup pretzels, 2 tablespoons Nutella, 1/2-1 cup milk CHEESE, CRACKERS, DIY FRUIT CUP 1/2 cup whole grain crackers, 1 ounce cheese, 1/2 cup diced fruit with 2 tablespoons lemonade or apple juice CHEESE, CRACKERS, BANANA 1/2 cup whole grain crackers, 1 ounce cheese, 1 small banana CHEESE CRACKERS AND SLICED PEAR 1/2 cup cheese crackers, 1 small sliced pear ½ SANDWICH AND SLICED CUCUMBERS 1 slice bread, 1 tablespoon each jam and nut or seed butter, 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers TOAST WITH MASHED AVOCADO AND HARD-COOKED EGG 1 slice whole grain bread, 2 tablespoons avocado, 1 hard-cooked egg TOAST WITH JAM AND FRUIT 1 slice whole grain bread, 1 tablespoon jam, 1/2 cup fruit YOGURT WITH FRUIT PUREE 1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt, 1/4 cup fruit puree YOGURT WITH APPLESAUCE 1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt, 1/4 cup applesauce YOGURT SMOOTHIE 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt blended with 1 cup frozen fruit (like bananas, cherries, mango, or berries) TOMATOES AND COTTAGE CHEESE 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes (halved if needed) and 1/4-1/2 cup cottage cheese COTTAGE CHEESE, GRANOLA, AND DICED PINEAPPLE 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons granola, 1/4 cup diced pineapple TOMATOES, GUACAMOLE, VEGGIE STRAWS 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes (diced if needed), 2 tablespoons guacamole, 1/2 cup Veggie Straws CEREAL BAR AND BANANA 1 Cereal Bar, 1 small banana CEREAL BAR AND MILK 1 Cereal Bar, 1/2-1 cup milk GRANOLA BAR AND BERRIES 1 Granola bar, 1/2 cup berries GRANOLA BAR AND MILK Granola bar, 1/2-1 cup milk SNACK BAR AND DRINKABLE YOGURT 1 snack bar, 1/2-1 cup drinkable yogurt MUFFIN WITH MILK OR FRUIT 1 muffin, 1/2 cup fruit (or one piece)
Aim to serve 2-3 food groups in each snack to help them satisfy, but don't stress if the kids don't always eat everything (because they won't). We don't have to force balance.
Pack any of these to send to eat between activities. Use an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack if needed.
A reusable pouch can be helpful for smoothies and yogurt.
Consider snacks mini meals and don't stress if the kids eat more afternoon snack than dinner—it's very normal for kids to be hungrier at snack time!
Calories: 326 kcal Carbohydrates: 35 g Protein: 12 g Fat: 16 g Saturated Fat: 7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g Cholesterol: 30 mg Sodium: 685 mg Potassium: 264 mg Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 2 g Vitamin A: 339 IU Vitamin C: 4 mg Calcium: 216 mg Iron: 2 mg