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Back to school time again! I have mixed emotions about back to school. When I was a child, I was so excited to start school with my new clothes, new shoes and new Trapper Keeper! (I'm just dating myself a little bit!). But, as a parent, I am kind of sad when school starts again. I love the relaxed feeling of Summer. No homework, no bedtime, no wake up time. No after school activities or carpool. Hmmm, I'm just going to think on that for a few minutes and enjoy the thought of Summer. Ok, but for real, inevitably school starts again and you know what we have? Hungry kids! My kids used to come in from school ravenous. Like "get out of my way or I'll eat you" hungry! So, I've put together some after school snack ideas to help you get ready for hungry kids and get them fueled up to get that homework done, or soccer practice, or just fill their bellies. Here is a list of 20 ideas that are quick, easy and healthy. For a few of them I researched the healthiest versions of these snacks and am sharing them with you!
Hummus and pita chips
Fruit (cut-up, whole, or canned) - apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, pineapple, peaches, strawberries
Jell-O with or without whipped topping
Applesauce - Musselman's Natural Unsweetened Applesauce was found to be one of the most nutritious. People loved it for its tang, texture and great taste.
Pudding with or without whipped topping
Granola bars - Annie's Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars contain organic cinnamon and raisins with no preservatives, colors or gluten.
Cereal with low-fat or skim milk
Cheese and crackers
Vegetables with ranch dressing - cucumbers, carrots, celery, etc.
Microwave popcorn - Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn Light Butter is organic and low in fat!
Hard boiled eggs
Grilled cheese sandwich
Fruit Snacks - Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks have been chosen as most nutritious; they are made with real fruit juice and no artificial flavors, colors or ingredients.
Peanut butter on ANYTHING!!
Raisins - Amazin' Raisins - 100% dried fruit with no added sugar. Their facility is free of top allergens like egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut, soy, milk, fish and shellfish. I can personally say that these are fantastic. They count as a 1/2 cup fruit and they taste delicious!
So these are just 20 of so many options for healthy after school snacks. And, most of these are so easy and don't require appliances, that your child can get them for themselves - which in my book is a win, win! Any tried and true snacks you live by? I'd love to know!