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6 filling after-school snacks

Making homemade after-school snacks doesn’t have to involve a fancy recipe. Simply combine protein and carbs, along with a fruit or vegetable, and you’re all set.

By Ceri Marsh

6 filling after-school snacks

The period between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. is both the busiest in many kids’ days and also the time when their hunger is most undeniable. (Just try denying it and watch a meltdown begin.) A lot of kids go from school to an extracurricular activity—soccer, ballet, violin lessons, tutoring, whatever—and will need a serious snack in between.

Easy smoothie

Blend Greek yogurt, half a ripe banana, a handful of frozen berries and a splash of milk for a smoothie.

6 filling after-school snacks

Apple-wich

Make a sandwich from sliced cored apples; spread with honey and sprinkled with granola.

6 filling after-school snacks

Hummus “pizza”

Spread hummus on toasted whole wheat bread and top with halved cherry tomatoes and a dash of salt.

6 filling after-school snacks

Pancake-wich

Make a sandwich out of leftover pancakes spread with a slick of cream cheese and studded with sliced strawberries or bananas.

6 filling after-school snacks

Snack skewers

Stack cubes of cheese, rolled up slices of deli ham and cherry tomatoes on wooden skewers. Kids will eat almost anything on a stick!

6 filling after-school snacks

Snack rolls

Layer a slice of apple on a slice of cheddar cheese, then wrap a piece of deli ham or turkey around it and fasten with a toothpick.

6 filling after-school snacks

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This article was originally published on Apr 24, 2021
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