10 Healthy After School Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves!

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After a busy day at school, the first thing those kiddos need (after a hug!) is a little snack boost…and the last thing you want to do is fix another meal while you are getting dinner together! Here’s a list of healthy after school snacks the kids can make themselves!

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“I’m hungry – can I have a snack when we get home?”

I actually don’t snack my kids very much. At least in my house it seems that snacking always led to lunch or dinner not being eaten well. But kids in full time school really have a long day. And especially when they are going though growth spurts, or are in after school activities in the evening, a quick snack when they get home can mean the difference between a crabby kid and one that has had a little energy boost to make it to dinner time happily.

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My biggest goal in after school snack time is

simple.

I don’t want to cook…and better yet – I want my 6 year old to be able to fix it herself (and for her 4 year old sister!). If the kids are old enough to be in school they are old enough to learn how to fix themselves a simple snack!

The key word being learn. If you set the guideline and expectations clearly, this can be super easy!

Here are a few tips:

  • Sit down with the kids and this list and let them decide on 5 snack ideas that sound great to them.
  • Let them help you prep things on the weekend for snacktime. For instance, older kids can help cut veggie sticks and younger ones can stir up the Ranch dressing. The container of veggie sticks and jar of dip can be ready to go and in a kid reach-able spot in the fridge so they can help themselves with mom hands free.
  • Label/guide the serving size they can take. Put a 1/2 cup measure or equivalent cup size in the container of trail mix. Have 1/2 cup or so containers or bowls at their reach for yogurt. You could even make a simple, short list to keep on the fridge for them to follow.
  • Practice. I know it sounds so odd, but especially when it comes to younger ones who are still learning how to follow step by step instructions correctly, this is important so you don’t end up pulling your hair out over a big mess in the kitchen.
  • Don’t forget clean up. The last thing you need is more crumbs, silverware, and bowls to put away and/or wash. Show them where you expect the empty containers to go or how they should be washed. Show them how to wipe the counter too.

So here are 10 snack ideas to get you started!

1. One scoop from the “Trail Mix” container.

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2.

Fruit On the Bottom Yogurt Cups.

10 Healthy After School Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves! www.superhealthykids.com

3. Healthy Snack Bars.

energy bars

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4. Ants on a Log.

5. Hard Boiled Egg from the Fridge Stash & a Piece of Fruit.

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6. Fruit & Cheese.

10 Healthy After School Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves! www.superhealthykids.com

7. Veggie Sticks & 5 Minute Ranch

kid-friendly knife

glass storage jar

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8. Fruit & Nuts.

9. Guacamole & Tortilla Chips.

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10. Cheese & Crackers.

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Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 5 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.

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I hope my kids would love these healthy snacks. I like them to eat real food and avoid processed foods. I also encourage them to play outside and do sports.

Even though I don’t have my own children, I am an uncle to 9 year-old twins (boy and a girl) who have developed some picky eating habits. Some of which includes eating greasy, fried foods and sugary stuff at the 1st chance they get. They also eat fruits and vegetables, but not as often as their parents would like. My nephew is pretty stuck in his ways and rarely tries anything new. My niece, on the other hand, will try new things, but it’s always just a tiny bite and then gives up on it. My brother and sister-in-law have been hesitant to let me try educating the kids on developing healthier eating habits. I should mention here that I am currently a dietetic intern at a school in New Jersey. Telling the kids that eating chicken fingers and French fries is unhealthy doesn’t go over too well with their parents because it’s hard enough to get them to eat anything when out at a restaurant. This blog post about 10 healthy after school snacks kids can make themselves is excellent because you are not only making it fun for kids to eat these healthy foods, you are getting them involved in the process. I was always taught that kids tend to eat healthier if parents get them involved in actually making the food itself. This blog entry gives me (and my brother and sister-in-law) some great ideas to get the kids to develop healthier eating habits. Thank you.