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After School Snacks

Fun, Healthy, Kid-Pleasing Snack Ideas to Keep Them Going All Afternoon Long

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Peaches and Cream Waffle Sandwiches

Peaches and Cream Waffle Sandwiches

Stephanie Gallagher
These kid-pleasing after school snacks are designed to give the kids enough energy to pick them up after a long day at school and keep them going strong until dinner time. Whether your kids prefer sweet, savory, crunchy or creamy treats, there's a snack recipe here for them.

Sweet After School Snack Ideas

  • Yogurt Sundae Recipe - The waffle bowl makes this snack an automatic kid-pleaser (you can find them where the ice cream cones are at the grocery store). You can make these sundaes lots of different ways, substituting different fruits based on what's in season. Even canned fruits, like mandarin oranges and pineapple, work well with this recipe.

  • Peaches and Cream Waffle Sandwiches - My kids love to make toaster waffles for a snack (yes, if they're old enough to operate a toaster safely, they can make this recipe themselves). I buy whole grain waffles, and they top them with everything from chocolate almond butter to this peaches and cream mixture, made with peach yogurt, maple syrup and fresh sliced peaches.

  • Chocolate Popcorn Recipe - Popcorn has a lot of fiber, which slows down digestion, keeping kids full longer. But the only thing the kids will notice about this treat is how tasty it is. Sweet and crunchy, this popcorn is positively addictive!

  • Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding - I make this fruit salad a day in advance and let the kids snack on it for several days. It's a fantastic way to get the kids to eat more fruit.

  • Chocolate Pudding Recipe - This isn't instant pudding, but it takes about the same time (or even less to make it. To make this recipe even healthier, use an all-natural chocolate hazelnut spread, or make your own.

Savory After School Snack Ideas

  • Microwave Nachos Recipe - I recommend a combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese for these nachos. They tend to melt well in the microwave, and the combination has a nice Mexican flavor. If the kids don't like jalapeno peppers, just leave them off.

  • Chex Party Mix Recipe in the Crockpot - When I know the kids are bringing friends home after school, I will make this party mix. It makes a large quantity, everyone loves it, and because it's done in the slow cooker, the recipe couldn't be any easier.

  • Ranch Deviled Eggs Recipe - Deviled eggs aren't just for parties. They make a terrific, high-protein snack for kids. You can even make these deviled eggs in advance. Just prepare the filling, and cover and refrigerate it until you're ready to serve. Then just before serving, fill the shells.

  • Cheese Popcorn Recipe - With three ingredients, this recipe couldn't be easier. And the kids will love every bite.

  • Trail Mix Recipe - Why buy trail mix when it is so simple to make it at home. You can double or even triple this recipe, and just use it for snacks all week long.

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