10 Easy & Nutritious Afterschool Snacks

10 quick easy nutritious snacks sm

My daughter eats lunch at school at 10:30 in the morning. Afternoon snacks are not given. She’s starving by the time she gets home from school at 4:00, but the rest of the family isn’t home and ready for dinner for another few hours.

Like many children—and adults for that matter—she becomes emotional, grumpy and short-tempered when she’s hungry. Having a snack ready and waiting for her is a necessity in order to avoid a meltdown. It needs to be satisfying, but not so filling that it will ruin her appetite for dinner.

I have my daughter’s snack waiting on the kitchen counter when she walks in the door. I serve it with a big glass of water, as she’s usually thirsty from recess at the end of the day. Once she eats, she is able to tell me about her day, tackle her homework and have the patience to wait for family dinnertime.

Here are our top ten after school snack choices:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich: Good old PB&J is a balanced choice that is always a win with most kids. I use natural peanut butter, whole wheat bread and my own homemade freezer jam. Sometimes I spread on mashed up banana in place of the jam.

Tuna salad and crackers: Tuna is full of protein and omega 3s. My daughter likes it simple with just a bit of mayo, salt and pepper. I serve it with crackers or stuff it inside celery ribs.

Cottage cheese with fruit: This is sweet and satisfying! Add chopped up fruit to a bowl of cottage cheese. Sometimes I add a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon.

Ham and cream cheese roll-ups: I spread slices of ham with whipped cream cheese. Then I place a pickle or carrot stick in the middle and roll it up. Sometimes I cut then into slices, which resembles sushi.

Deviled eggs: My daughter won’t eat plain hard-boiled eggs, but she thinks deviled eggs are fun. I usually throw some grapes or cherry tomatoes on the side to round out the snack.

Bowl of cereal: It doesn’t get easier than this! We always have several varieties of healthy cereal options on hand to beat boredom.

Homemade trail mix: 
My daughter’s favorite combination consists of dry cheerios, mini pretzels, almonds and raisins. I make a big batch of it and store it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for weeks.

Smoothie: I throw everything in the blender in advance and then my daughter can give it a whirl herself when she gets home. There are hundreds of possible smoothie combinations. Simply throw in your child’s favorite fruit, ice and either milk or juice. Yogurt or protein powder makes it more filling.

Yogurt and graham crackers: My daughter likes to dip her graham crackers in the yogurt. Sliced fruit, such as apples or pairs, also make great dippers.

Milk and cookies: Once in a while your child deserves a special snack! There aren’t many pleasures as simple as milk and cookies waiting for you after school. Bonus points if they are freshly baked! This is a first day of school tradition in our house.


-----------------------
Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger. She loves sharing an after school snack with her daughter and catching up on her day.

52 Easy School Lunch Ideas

52 Easy School Lunch Ideas

Get kids excited about taking lunch to school by offering plenty of variety. Tailor this list of 52 lunchbox ideas to your child’s preferences. Discover her favorites and plan them once a week. Co . . .

Read more

6 Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for Hurried School Mornings

6 Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for Hurried School Mornings

Despite the fact that we have a solid morning routine, sometimes we get sidetracked and don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. Eating breakfast in the car isn't ideal, but it’s better than sk . . .

Read more

10 Easy & Nutritious Afterschool Snacks

10 Easy & Nutritious Afterschool Snacks

My daughter eats lunch at school at 10:30 in the morning. Afternoon snacks are not given. She’s starving by the time she gets home from school at 4:00, but the rest of the family isn’t home and . . .

Read more

San Diego Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

San Diego Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Play Space

Hey, foodie parents. Skip the dollar menu this weekend. These local restaurants feature real chefs, great food and play spaces for kids. Officine Buona Forchetta2816 Sims Rd., Liberty StationNew to L . . .

Read more

Fresh and Tasty School Lunches

Fresh and Tasty School Lunches

Fresh and Tasty School Lunches Finding school lunch ideas that stay fresh can be challenging. But with a few simple solutions, you can provide delicious and tasty sandwiches.  Be sure to choos . . .

Read more

How to Plan a Month of Meals

How to Plan a Month of Meals

Plus, 17 ways to use a rotisserie chicken Fall is the time of year I’m determined to plan dinners in advance, shop for everything at once and serve healthy meals every night. That usually lasts a . . .

Read more

"Pumpkiny" Goodness

If fall is your favorite season, then it's likely that you're an enthusiast of "pumpkiny" goodness! And that's exactly what we have here: pumpkin treats that take you way beyond the traditional pumpki . . .

Read more

Apple Recipe Round-up

Apple Recipe Round-up

Nothing says fall like delicious, crisp apples! Whether you pick your own or buy them at a farmers market or grocery store, celebrate the fall season with delights from our bushel of apple recipes. . . .

Read more

Confessions of a Weekday Vegan

Confessions of a Weekday Vegan

A semi-vegan approach for healthy kids and a healthy planet Scroll down for a list of kid-friendly vegan meal ideas. For the third time in my adult life, I’ve rewritten my weekly shopping list t . . .

Read more

21 Ways to Make S'mores

21 Ways to Make S'mores

I understand that for some, messing with traditional s'mores is downright wrong. But if it's the taste of s'mores that you crave, you're probably open to venturing outside the box (or in this case, th . . .

Read more

Garlic Chicken Panini

Garlic Chicken Panini

Garlic Chicken PaniniFrom San Diego's own "Panini Mom," Kathy StrahsLearn how to make her famous Strawberry, Banana and Nutella Panini, as featured in our June 2012 issue. When I was growing up in th . . .

Read more

Mexican Lettuce Cups

Mexican Lettuce Cups

Perfect on days you want a lower-carb alternative to a sandwich. Let’s face it—on most sandwiches the filling is the star, so using a lettuce leaf in place of bread makes sense. Find more health . . .

Read more

Snacking With Joy: Pumpkin Patch Snack

Snacking With Joy: Pumpkin Patch Snack

Feeding my family allergy-free whole foods inspired these festive Halloween snacks that your kids will love to make and eat. My girls call it delicious and fun. I call it Snacking with Joy. Eat . . .

Read more

Candy Corn Smoothie

Candy Corn Smoothie

This smoothie may look like candy corn, but it’s a much healthier alternative! Serve it in clear cups so the kids can see the three layers: banana, mango-carrot and pineapple. Ingredients for a&n . . .

Read more

Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

With the plethora of candy and sugary snacks that Halloween brings, why not balance holiday snacking with a few healthy, low sugar treats? Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her . . .

Read more

Snacking With Joy: Friendly Ghost Jicama and Dip

Snacking With Joy: Friendly Ghost Jicama and Dip

This recipe is a great way to introduce kids to healthy, juicy, delicious jicama, which is a healthy alternative to chips and is allergy friendly.IngredientsFresh jicamaBlack olives (or red grapes)P . . .

Read more

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Watermelon Carving

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Watermelon Carving

Nothing says summer like eating delicious, ripe watermelon. This watermelon carving is perfect for a summer birthday party or to pair with summer reading activities! Here’s how to cut a watermelon . . .

Read more

Vampire Bites

Vampire Bites

Makes 24 bites Prep time: 20 minutes Baking time: 7 to 10 minutes Decoration time: 15 minutes Difficulty: Easy•••••••••••••••••••••••••••• . . .

Read more

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie PiesPumpkin treats are perfect for holiday baking and kids will love helping with Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Makes 3 dozenCookies2     cups all-purpose flour1 &n . . .

Read more

Pumpkin Streusel Pie

Pumpkin Streusel Pie

Love pumpkin pie, but want to kick it up a notch? Try this delicious recipe featuring a sweet, nutty streusel topping.Pie Filling2 eggs, lightly beaten2 cups pumpkin¾ cup sugar½ tsp. salt1 tsp. ci . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!