Between school, sports, and homework, it’s important to fuel up with some tasty snacks before the dinner cravings set in. That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of after-school snacks that your kids will love no matter their age!
Just ask Ree Drummond, whose kids were big on snacking even as teenagers. Once school let out, she says, “hungry doesn’t begin to describe it! Aside from the typical teenage snacks (hello, sour cream and onion potato chips!), they loved fresh mandarin oranges (they would eat 5 or 6 in one sitting), granola bars, carrot sticks with ranch dressing, and pepperoni slices. There isn’t much they wouldn’t snack on!” Here, you’ll find snacks that are both sweet and savory, and some that are a little bit healthy.
When thinking about after-school snacks, the key is to keep things easy. You don’t want to add on extra work for yourself, especially when you have a family dinner to prepare. Try one of the no-bake treats, quick air fryer recipes, or simple smoothies to keep your kids full and happy. There are also plenty of make-ahead recipes on the list, like the garlic-ranch party mix or the homemade granola bars that are great for taking with you on the go. And if game day snacks are what you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Just try the pepperoni-pizza rolls or the pinwheel sandwiches for a snack that’s hearty enough to share with all your kid’s friends. It’s a long school year ahead, so go ahead and pick a few of these after-school snacks—your kids will thank you!