A few weeks ago, I experienced what every mother experiences when they sent their first-born to Kindergarten — pure heartache! I can’t believe my little boy isn’t so little more. He’s now riding the bus to and from school and is gone for most of the afternoon. When did this happen? And why does it happen so quickly?

Now that our schedule and lives have been altered forever, I’ve been on the lookout for some good ol’ after-school snacks for my now big boy. He’s use to snacking on and off during the day so the minute he steps off the bus, he’s STARVING. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here:

Peachy Keen Pops from Family Circle

After School Snacks

Ingredients
1 package unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
1/4 cup peach juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 10 – ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed, or 2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
4 6 – ounce container low-fat peach yogurt
1 ice pop mold (10-pop capacity)
10 wooden Popsicle sticks

For directions, click hereFamily Circle has some more great ideas here, on the their 26 Healthy After-School Snacks.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Six Sisters’ Stuff always has great ideas and their list of 100 after-school snacks is no exception. Their pumpkin cinnamon rolls look heavenly and comes from Compliments To the Chef.

Ingredients

Dough
1/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/3 c. margarine, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
5-6 c. flour

Filling
1/2 c – 2/3 c. canned pumpkin puree (to your preference)
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
*optional: 3/4 c. raisins, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 – 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

For directions and 99 other after-school snacks click here

Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars from Martha Stewart

A delicious, “healthier” (if that can actually happen) alternative to rice krispie treats. I love that you can customize this based on what your kiddos like. Adding dried fruit is a great idea too!

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Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bag (10 ounces) marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups toasted oat cereal
1 cup dried cranberries, or raisins

For directions and more great snack ideas, click here.

And since I understand that sometimes we don’t have time to slave away cooking snacks all day, here are some of our favorite grab-and-go snacks:

Big Island Pineapple from NatureBox

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We love NatureBox at our house! And the big island pineapple is the BOMB! Seriously, SOOOO good!!

If you haven’t heard about them, it’s a company that ships a box of goodies to you (either 5 bags or 10 bags every month). It’s simple, you pick a plan, your snacks and then it ships to you. The other great thing is all their snacks have no artificial junk, no high fructose corn syrup, no MSG and less than 200 calories per serving. Yes, this is a membership-based company however, they started selling their products at Target so make sure to keep you eyes out there if you aren’t interested in signing up for a membership…but I promise the membership has been worth it to us, especially when our boys specifically ask for a NatureBox snack.

Stretch Island Fruit Company All-Natural Fruit Strips

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Stretch Island Fruit Strips are a must have at our house. Since my boys are always hungry, I like to keep these on hand. It’s easy for them to grab and open and it’s healthy. We call them fruit leather but regardless, these make a great grab-and-go snack. I even put them in my 5-year-old’s backpack so that when he gets off the bus he can eat it on the walk home.

Pirate’s Booty

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Pirate’s Booty is so good and takes me back to my college days. I’m pretty sure I ate a bag a day for a couple of years. It kept me sane. Haha! Ok, I might be exaggerating about keeping me sane but it seriously is some good stuff. If you haven’t tired it you should run out today and find you some. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Hopefully this has given you some snack inspiration if you’ve been trying to figure out what to have on hand after school. I know I’m always looking for new ideas so send them our way if you have some that your kids love.

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