Last week we talked about ways to “Make Dinner Happen” on a busy school night. Now I’d like to address another big food related area for back to school-those after school snacks.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine return home from school famished. I don’t think they could make it from getting off the bus at 2:15 until supper at 5:30 without eating something. All that learning must burn up some calories! And it doesn’t improve with age-teenagers are likely to need a mini meal rather than a snack, especially if they are in sports.
So what are some classic after school snacks?
Yes, it might not be the most healthy thing out there, but cookies and milk are a classic for a reason. There is just something about cookies fresh out of the oven that says “Momma’s Love”. Chocolate chip is of course a favorite, but oatmeal, snickerdoodle, and peanutbutter are some others well loved at our house. In a rush? Don’t worry, cookies from a box are just as likely to be loved by the kiddos.
Fruit is a snack you can feel good about letting the kids chow down on. Now I now that fresh fruit isn’t always the cheapest item out there-but if you buy in season you will do much better. Canned fruit is also a viable option-my kids love mandrin oranges! If you are concerned about sugar content of canned fruit, go for the “Lite” or “no sugar added” style.
Ok, you can sneak some veggies in there a couple of ways. Cut up “crudites” style with dip or dressing is palatable, if not down right loved by most children. Want to switch it up a bit? Try dipping veggies into homemade Hummus (extra protein & fiber!) or using celery to make the classic “Ants on a Log“. Want to take that “Ant’s on a log” to the next level? Try using Nestle Raisinettes instead.
#4-Crackers & Cheese
Protein tends to last a little longer in the kiddos bellies, so working some into your after school snack is a smart idea. Cheese and crackers made into little sandwiches are bite sized and yummy. As a kid I remember making cracker “pizza’s” out of crackers, ketchup and Parmesan cheese. Yeah-I know, it sounds kind of gross now, but I used to love it!
“Good Old Raisins and Peanuts”. . . also known as trail mix. You can make this in a million and one ways-the level of frugality depends totally on what you chose to include. It can be a fun and frugal snack or down right exorbitant.
That’s just a few of the classics that I can come up with-I want to learn from all of you! So on to the the giveaway!
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This giveaway ends on Friday August 14th.
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I used to like pudding after school. It seems like pudding has gotten less popular than it used to be.
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Some After School Snacks – White Popcorn, String Cheese, or Ritz with Cream Cheese! I’m getting hungry now LOL!
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From their site – I loved the Marshmallow Pops! Those would be great for a party! They are so cute and you could really get creative with the candies to dip them in! I am definitely bookmarking that!
Shawn C. says
We love afterschool snacks! Some of our faves are hard boiled eggs, veggies with home made easy hummus, fresh fruits with yogurt/acai dip, homemade warm oatmeal raisin cookies with milk, sometimes home made smoothies with fruit and yogurt.
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yum the bump on a log recipe looks yummy…I’d love to try it with cream cheese, too!
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apples and peanut butter. popcorn
Shannon (@Cajun_Mama) says
My kids have been on a peanut butter and chocolate kick. Every other week, my teen and tween make their own snack mixes. We get all the ingredients at Walmart, set them out on the counter, and label a large Ziploc bag with each family member’s name. Then, the kids put what they like in their snack mix (raisins, candy bits, cereal, etc). Saves lots of arguing later on!
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My favorite snack as a kids was always ants on a log. Still love it and so do my kids. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and raisins on celery? 🙂
I tried looking thru the healthy stuff, but I couldn’t stop thinking of the Swirled Mint ice cream bars… they look AWESOME!!!
Sweetie Berry says
I tweeted…and our favorite afterschool snacks are:
1. homemade fresh from the freezer (premade dough I made on the weekends) slice and bake cookies
2. mini pizza’s on homemade dough
3. Toasted sandwiches made on sub bread loaves with meat, cheese, and butter/mustard mixed baked at 7 min at 400 degrees to toast in foil.
This is a great giveaway
I like to make ants on a log for my son — celery sticks with peanut butter down the center with raisins(ants) on top of the “log”
or pouring fruit juice into icecube trays and making popsicles out of them
any time i make a sandwich for my boy, i always make a smilie face out of the mustard – even when he doesnt see me make the sandwiches, he always knows there’s a mommie smile in his mustard
blueberry mom-ffins are popular after school or for breakfast
a banana caterpillar is popular – slice up the banana and use peanut butter to hold the pieces of the caterpillar together and then use either red licorice or pretzel sticks (or anything else you have on hand that makes “legs”) for the legs sticking them into the pb to hold in place and raisins for the eyes, i saw in a recipe book once to put coconut on it too to make a hairy caterpillar, but my son doesnt like coconut
hollow out a cherry tomato then put a string cheese that’s been cut in half into it and make a yummy “lollipop”
Our favorite after school snack is goldfish crackers and fruit snacks.
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Peanut butter and crackers – inexpensive, easy, and always popular.
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My best after school snack idea is to have cut up fruit, and small sandwiches cut in shapes (like those “presses” you can buy). It is easy for mom, as it can be done ahead of time, and the kids enjoy it as well!
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Julie H says
Leftovers from the day before. Especially things like pizza or taco meat or extra cheese to make a quick quesidilla. It’s cold here and in the afternoon, sometimes a warm snack to tide us over before dinner and activities is what’s needed.
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My favorite recipe on the Family Food Section is Mom’s Special Breakfast – it looks heavenly!
Melissa Slayton says
I am an old-fashioned gal — definitely cookies and milk at our house — but they are a little healthy (not much!). My kids favorites are peanut and outrageous chocolate chip (which include peanut butter and oatmeal).
one of our favorites is peanut butter and ritz. Sometimes I take it a bit further and make them into sandwiches and dip the whole thing in milk chocolate. I call them “ritz cookies” and they keep in the fridge for quite a while.
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My kids favorite afterschool snack is those packages of breadsticks and cheese or fruit gummi snacks!
My favorite recipe is the Super Candy Bar Cookie Pops! They look delicious!
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