Finding healthy afterschool snacks can be a struggle sometimes. So when I turned to my MoneywiseMoms Facebook page for help I wasn't disappointed with the results!
Why should you check out the MoneywiseMoms Facebook page?
Oh, how I love the MoneywiseMoms Facebook page! I love connecting with my readers during the day and evening, and I love when you share your successes and help each other out.
And whenever I'm in a pinch, you always step in with great suggestions! For example, I'd been feeling stuck feeding my afterschool crew (4-6 kids each day) the same old snacks.
I was looking for Healthy Afterschool Snacks that are frugal (of course!) and non-peanut to feed my hungry crowd. I put it out to the FB group and here's what you guys and gals offered up as suggestions!
25 Healthy Afterschool Snacks:
There are so many great options here and with such a variety of selections, everything from hot and cold, sweet to savory, big and small appetites alike will be satisfied! Now that we're heading into summer this list is going to get pulled out and used again as afternoon snacks.
During the summer months it seems like we have so much going on that someone is always hungry. So feel free to use these snack ideas to keep your summer crew happy, healthy, and on budget!
English muffin pizzas
Frittata muffins or mini quiches (hmmm, like my Mini Broccoli Quiches?)
Apple slices with ham & cheese on top
Oatmeal bars (these sound easy to make)
Popcorn (add some low calorie seasonings to liven it up)
Veggie tray–carrots, celery, pepper strips–and ranch dressing
Fruit & yogurt smoothies
Dry Cereal–like Kix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Golden Grahams (or mix them)
Chex Mix without the nuts
Tortillas with cream cheese, rolled up and sliced
Yogurt with granola topping
Nut-free “trail mix:” cheerios with mini marshmallows, mini pretzels and raisins
Fruit dipped in sunbutter
Hummus with veggies or crackers
Rollups with leftover meat from dinner
Fruit with yogurt dip
Tortillas with refried beans and cheese
Anything on a stick–grilled chicken, tomatoes and cheese, fruit
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Homemade granola bars (no HCFS and less expensive than store-bought)
Pumpkin, Banana or Zucchini Bread
Dried fruit or natural fruit leather
By now I'm sure we've come up with many more than these 25 Healthy Afterschool Snacks but on the afternoon when I write this post all of these suggestions came out! 25 suggestions all came from that one afternoon, such an awesome response to my (no longer) dilemma! If you didn't get a chance to share your favorite kids' snacks, please leave them in the comments below!
Original image from jessica.diamond at Flickr
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