Want some new ideas for after school snacks? Try these 12 Quick Ideas for After School Snacks all supplied by Mykidstime Parents:
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It can be difficult to come up with ideas for after school snacks that won’t leave children feeling too full for dinner or supper. We asked our Mykidstime parent audience to share some of their favourite after school snacks that their children love.
Quick Ideas For After School Snacks
#1. Crustless Quiches
Small crustless quiches made up with veggies are easy to make and easy to freeze.
“Crustless quiches with zucchini broccoli corn & cheese. I cook them in batch & freeze them.” Babina B
#2. Cheese Quesadilla
Making cheese quesadillas is another quick snack. Grate some cheese then pop a drizzle of oil and a tortilla into a frying pan over a medium heat. When the tortilla starts bubbling up sprinkle the cheese over and fold in half press down, then fold in half again and flip over for a final quick fry on the other side.
“Small quesadillas always a hit in our house”, Nakishna T
#3. Fun Fruity Ideas
“We like making fruit people on a stick. A grape as the face then maybe a strawberry hat with a pineapple neck. Be creative. Use tooth picks for minis or skewers for kabob like fruit people. At Christmas time we make the Grinch a lot with a green grape and a strawberry hat with just a tad of cool whip to make the white on the santa hat.” Michelle M
“Dried mangoes and fresh fruit salad with yoghurt or snack packs (cranberries, pumpkin seeds etc)”, Estie van Z
“Fruit kebabs – strawberries, green grapes, melon”, Ann M
“Strawberries and yogurt, segmented mandarin pieces (tinned, in natural juice)”, Ann Marie B
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#4. Peanut Butter
“We melt peanut butter and dip apples and bananas”, Lisa B
“Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of milk”, Beverly W
“Peanut butter on toast, topped with sliced banana”, Michelle H
“My kids eat peanut butter on a wheat tortilla, celery with peanut butter, apples with peanut butter… it is a great source of protein for kids!”, Sara D
#5. Berry Delicious
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries are all great for vitamins and a quick after school snack served with yoghurt. Your child might enjoy making berry faces before they have a nibble too.
Can you recreate the fun Angry Bird made out of berries in the image? What other characters can you create?
“Berries (defrosted frozen), natural yogurt, low sugar granola” Helen C
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Smoothies are quick and easy to whip up in the blender:
- low fat milk
- frozen banana (great way to use up those squishy ones just cut up in chunks and freeze ready to pop into a smoothie)
- fresh or frozen berries
- any other fruit you want to add e.g. mango, peach, pear.
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#7. Cheesey Treats
“Fruit and cheese kabobs on pretzel stick skewers. Usually green or red seedless grapes, cubed cheddar cheese and pineapple chunks. They love it. And love making it themselves.”, Darlene D
“We do cheese cubes and olives for a quick fun snack”, Jill H
“My girls love cheesy beans on toast. Just make toast, butter, cut into quarters and add a bit of your favourite cheese to each piece. Pour over hot beans to melt the cheese and enjoy!”, Michelle D
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#8. Eggy Fun
“Boiled egg.” Margaret B
Or whip up a quick omelet with cheese, ham and/or veggies.
#9. Brain Food Tuna
Tuna is a good source of omega oils and can be served on a wholewheat bread slice or on a baked potato.
“Tuna salad on cucumber slices” Cyndi C
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Home made pizza slices from last night’s dinner always go down well the next day as an after school snack.
Or make a quick mini grilled version of pizza from pitta bread sliced in half, topped with tomato sauce and grated cheddar or mozzarella and grilled quickly.
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Make up a veggie plate with lots of finger sized veggie pieces to nibble on: cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber spears or slices, yellow and red pepper slices.
“My 4 yr old daughter loves cut up cucumbers, is always asking for them after school.” Lori L
Hummus is a good source of protein from the chickpeas as well as being high in iron and vitamin C.
“We love hummus and pita chips”, Clara S
#12. Go Crackers
How about trying some of these options with crackers:
- cream cheese and sliced red grapes
- cream cheese and smoked salmon
- tuna salad
- roast chicken
- peanut or almond butter