Five Healthy Afterschool Snacks (that your kids will actually eat)
Let’s set the scene. You’ve just walked in the door after school pick up… there’s back packs already strewn on the floor, socks and shoes down the hallway, and the sound of after school chatter fills your once-quiet home. You know the phrase that’s coming next…. “I’m hungrryyyyyy!” We’ve got you covered! This fresh snack ideas list has been curated with busy and health-conscious mamas in mind. So without further ado, here are our kid-tested, kid-approved afterschool snacks that we are confident your kids will love!
Smoothies are always a go to in our house because they are healthy and fill up hungry tummies. They’re the perfect after school snack, especially to beat the summertime heat! I love sneaking in handfuls of spinach leaves and they never even notice.
Here’s our fave smoothie recipe!
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana 1 cup frozen raspberries
- ⅔ cup coconut water
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
Blend together and serve immediately!
Hot tip: freeze leftovers in ice block moulds for healthy smoothie pops!
Corn chips and Home-made Guacamole
Kids love getting involved in snack making and I find that they are more likely to eat if they have been a part of the process! All you need for this recipe is a ripe avo, lime, and dash of salt (optional.) In a bowl, mash the avo (kids love this part!) and squeeze a half a lime and sprinkle a little bit of salt. Dip in corn chips and enjoy!
Rice Cake Funny Faces
These rice cake funny faces are interactive and might keep your cuties busy for a few minutes which is always a bonus! They are super versatile too—just use what’s in your pantry and fridge! Spread a spread of your choice (peanut butter, cream cheese, vegemite, etc) on the rice cake and decorate with any toppings to make funny faces.
-shredded carrot or shredded cheese for hair
-olives, cucumber rounds, banana slices, or cherry tomatoes for eyes
- nuts, sultanas, or blueberries for noses
-capsicum slices or ham for mouth
-apple slices or dried apricots for ears
My kids looove fruit! An easy and fun idea for an afternoon snack is rainbow skewers! Use bamboo skewers to thread assorted fruit on and then munch away! They’re colourful and no doubt will be a crowd fave!
Vegemite and cheese scrolls
This snack is the most requested from my kids and I have no question why… they are delicious! They are easy and fun to make, even my 3-year-old loves to help. And there are only 3 ingredients!
- Spread out one sheet of defrosted frozen puff pastry and apply a thin layer of vegemite.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
- Roll from one end to the other until it forms a log.
- Apply egg wash (optional)
- Slice into 12 even rounds and put on lined baking tray.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) for 10-15 minutes.
- Allow to cool then enjoy!
Here’s some extra ideas from our LuvmeEco team
We love making cucumber boats! Slice a cucumber in half, hollow out some of the seeds and fill with tuna and top with avo! It’s a great gluten free option!
- Nic (Customer Service Guru, mum of 3)
My kids love banana sushi! Take a whole meal wrap, spread peanut butter on it, add a whole banana in the middle. Roll it up and then slice in rounds. Attempt to eat with chopsticks for a good laugh!
- Heidi (Content creator, mum of 3)
Vegemite scrolls are the fave in our household for sure!
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