You don't want to give the kids something that will ruin their appetite for dinner. And you definitely don't want them to mindlessly snack on chips or other nutritionally-void food. So here are 19 quick after-school snack ideas for kids (or yourself) that will give them just enough ZING to snap out of the afternoon slump. Some of these will need to be made ahead of time, but can easily be stored in the freezer or fridge. The next time the Hangry Monster comes barging through the door after school, you'll be ready to tame the beast.
Frozen Grapes1 of 20
Simply place grapes in the freezer for a couple of hours for a cold treat.
Three-Ingredient Cookie Bites2 of 20
Bite-sized cookie treats that are much better for you and ready in less than 10 minutes.
Hard-Boiled Eggs3 of 20
Hard boil a dozen eggs on Sunday to have a quick, portable, protein-packed snack available all week long.
Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops4 of 20
Simply peel a banana, dip in chocolate and freeze. Super simple and delicious!
Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups5 of 20
Roll up a small piece of cheese in a slice of ham and stick it together with a toothpick.
Banana Bread Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting6 of 20
A sweet treat for one that's ready in five minutes.
Graham Crackers Dipped in Plain Yogurt7 of 20
Adding honey or fresh/frozen fruit to the yogurt will sweeten it up just a bit. Or you can mix it all up and serve as a parfait!
Mini Bagel with Cream Cheese or a Nut Butter8 of 20
Mini bagels are perfect for little hands. The combo of the bagel and cream cheese/nut butter gives just enough of a boost in carbs and protein to tide your child over until dinner.
Zucchini Muffins9 of 20
Kid-approved muffins and the perfect vehicle for sneaking in a dose of veggies.
Baby Carrots, Cut Cucumbers and Cut Red Peppers10 of 20
Bite-sized and full of healthy nutrients, you can dip this vegetable medley in hummus or ranch dressing.
Mini Pizzas11 of 20
Use a tortilla or mini bagel as the crust and top with your child's favorite pizza toppings.
Fresh Fruit12 of 20
Keep fresh fruit washed and cut up in the fridge for on-the-go snacking.
Healthy Pumpkin Doughnuts13 of 20
Just because it's a doughnut, doesn't mean it can't be health-ified!
Mini Rice Cakes14 of 20
Top these with peanut butter — add strawberries for more flavor.
Pumpkin Raisin Oat Cookies15 of 20
A cookie that is full of vitamins and doesn't have any refined sugar.
Air-Popped Popcorn16 of 20
Popcorn is full of fiber to hold off the hungries until dinner.
Ants on a Log17 of 20
Put peanut butter on celery or carrots and top with raisins. Can't go wrong with this classic snack.
Oat and Quinoa Granola with Greek Yogurt18 of 20
A protein packed snack without any refined sugar.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries19 of 20
Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients and vitamins growing bodies need. Simply toss cut up sweet potatoes with a little coconut oil and cinnamon, then bake in the oven until crispy.