School-age

18 packaged after-school snacks your kids will love

Stave off the end-of-day hangries with one of these yummy (and nutritious!) kid-approved snacks.

With the school year kicking into high gear once again, you’re going to be pretty busy rushing to pick-up and chauffeuring your kid to all their extracurricular activities. If you don’t have time to prepare all the cute Pinterest-worthy snacks you envisioned for your little ones, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these delicious packaged goodies that are easy to toss in a backpack or nibble in the car when your kid’s on the go.

1. Go Pure Fruit and Oat bars

Go Pure Fruit and Oat Bars strawberry flavour

Photo: Courtesy of Leclerc

Made from an apple and date base, these chewy bars are packed with flavour while being free of trans fats or artificial flavours or colours. $3/pack of 5, walmart.ca

2. Hippie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps

Cauliflower crisps Cheeze in orange package

Photo: Courtesy of Hippie Snacks

This crunchy chip alternative is made with cauliflower and seasoned with a salty, plant-based cheese. $6, naturamarket.ca

3. MadeGood Soft Baked Mini Cookies

packages of Made Good soft baked cookies

Photo: Courtesy of Made Good

These yummy cookies are perfect for when you want a treat without the guilt. Low in sugar, gluten-free and packed with hidden vegetable extracts, they come in seven different flavours. $5/pack of 5, well.ca

4. Stonyfield Organic Kids Drinkable Yogourt

Stoneyfield Organic Kids yogourt

Photo: Carmen Cheung

This grab-and-go yogurt is low in sugar and is made with organic ingredients to keep kids nourished. $5/pack of 6, walmart.ca

5. Good To Go Soft Baked Bars

soft baked bars

Photo: Courtesy of Good to Go

Perfect for when you’re craving something sweet, these cake-like bars have only 2 g of sugar or less. $7/pack of 4, walmart.ca

6. Clif Kid Zbar Organic Energy Bar

Clif Kid Zbar

Photo: Courtesy of Clif

This protein-packed bar has a soft and chewy texture and will keep kids energized during their after school activities. The bar comes in three tasty flavours: Iced Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate Chip. $5/pack of 5, walmart.ca

7. Healthy Crunch Apple Raisin Trail Mix

apple cinnamon trail mix

Photo: Courtesy of Healthy Crunch

This yummy blend of seeds and nuts are fine for the playground—it contains no nuts—and will keep them satisfied until you get dinner on the table. $8, well.ca

8. Sabra Classic Hummus Snacker with Pretzels

Hummus and pretzel snack

Photo: Courtesy of Sabra

Creamy hummus with crunchy pretzels. What more could you ask for? This filling snack will keep them going and going. $2, walmart.ca

9. Ohh! Foods Apple Pie Snacking Bites

layered packages of after school snacks

Photo: Courtesy of Ohh! Foods

Simply made of dates, apples, oats and cinnamon, these yummy bites are proudly free of the top 10 allergens (including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and milk). $35/pack of 10, ohhfoods.com

10. Iogo Fruit on the Bottom yogurt

iogo yogurt

Photo: Courtesy of iogo

No need to say goodbye to summer fruits just yet—this lower-in-sugar yogurt now comes in orange-mandarin, mango-pineapple and lemon. $6/pack of 12, loblaws.ca

11. Nature’s Bakery Oatmeal Crumble bars

Nature's bakery oatmeal crumble bars

Photo: Courtesy of Nature’s Bakery

These oatmeal bars are packed with fibre and healthy whole grains. The apple flavour doesn’t hurt either; everyone needs a sweet treat sometimes. $14/box of 24, costco.ca

12. Goodfood smoothie

goodfood smoothie

Photo: Courtesy of goodfood

These smoothies are so packed with fruit and veggies that your kid’s guaranteed a whopping dose of vitamins from each filling drink. $5, makegoodfood.ca (by subscription)

13. SimplyProtein kids bar

Simplyprotein kids bar

Photo: Courtesy of SimplyProtein

Does your kid have a peanut or tree nut allergy? Not a problem. These nut-free bars are safe and also tasty.  $6/pack of 5, walmart.ca

14. Kind Healthy Grains bars

Kind healthy grain bar

Photo: Courtesy of KIND

KIND’s gluten-free bars contain some super whole grains including oats, millet, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa. If your kid is active this will give them enough energy to power through playtime or sports. $5/pack of 5, walmart.ca

15. Earth’s Own Oat Chocolate Milk

3 bottles of chocolate milk

Photo: Courtesy of Earth’s Own

Earth’s Own chocolate oat milk is a healthy gluten- and nut-free drink that contains 50 percent less sugar than chocolate dairy milk. If that wasn’t enticing enough, you can also feel good about the ingredients in every sip your kid takes—the drinks are all made with fair-trade cocoa. $4, realcanadiansuperstore.ca

16. Danone no sugar yogurt

4 cups of yogurt

Photo: Courtesy of Danone

This cherry yogurt is completely free from added sugar. Yes, you read that right. It’s packed with real fruit to make it sweet and tasty, plus, it’s also free of artificial colours or preservatives. $3, metro.ca

17. Astro Original Kefir Probiotic yogurt

Astro yogurt

Photo: Courtesy of Astro

This creamy yogurt has two times the probiotics of traditional alternatives and is made with 100% Canadian dairy and natural ingredients. $5/8 single serve containers, realcanadiansuperstore.ca

18. Hemp Yeah! bars

two hemp yeah! bars

Photo: Courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

These snacks are full of nutrients; they have 10g of plant protein in every single bar. $25 for 12 pack, amazon.ca

Read more:
Do snacks ‘made with real veggies’ count as vegetables?
What to do when your toddler won’t eat anything but snacks