After-School Snacks {Sunday Meal Planning Series}



As soon as I pick up my daughter after-school, she has one thing on her mind.  “I am hungry, Momma!” Sound familiar? When I can, I like to plan ahead for snack time so I am not scrounging up something unhealthy at the last-minute. Here are my ideas for after-school snacks – practical and simple, but healthy too!

Hummus and bell peppers 

My daughter loves the crunch of the bell peppers and the taste of hummus. I usually cut up red bell peppers and pair it with Trader Joes Mediterranean hummus. It is always a hit! And I love that it is healthy too!

Ants on a stick 


Do you remember ants on a stick when you were growing up? Grab a small piece of celery and spread some peanut butter in the middle. Add raisins on top. My daughter isn’t a huge fan of raisins so we cheat a little and add semi-sweet chocolate morsels for added sweetness! There is nothing like peanut butter and chocolate, is there?

Bowl of berries 

So I love stocking my fridge with berries of all kinds. The good news is that it is one of the easiest snacks to have ready after-school. Place the berries of your choice is a bowl, wash and then serve! One added bonus – it is good for adults too!

Cheese plate 

Cheese plates are my go-t0 snack when I have a little extra time. I slice up a few pieces of cheese (my daughter loves sharp cheddar, goat cheese and brie) and add a few crackers. For a little sweetness you can add fig butter too.

What is your go to snack for after-school? 

Be sure and check out the other ideas in our Sunday Meal Planning series.

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Rudri Patel
Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned freelancer writer. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the managing editor for The First Day and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, The Review, Review Role, Reboot, The Mid and elsewhere. She writes her personal musings on her blog, Being Rudri, and is currently working on a memoir that explores Hindu culture, grief and appreciating life’s ordinary graces. She enjoys reading, writing and running. Rudri has lived in the Valley since 2009 with her husband and daughter (9). You can find Rudri on Twitter, Facebook and Being Rudri.