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28 Back to School Snacks and Ideas

These back to school snack ideas can help quench your children’s hunger when they get home from school. You can feel good about the nutrition and nourishment of these healthy snacks, that are also easy and fun to prepare!

vegan trail mix bars cut after coming out of the freezer

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Summer is coming to a close and before we know it, we’re back to school.

Am I the only one who thinks about healthy after school snacks when school is in session?

Probably because my kids are always hungry. Allegedly.

When I think of back to school, I think of full backpacks (lots of fun kids backpacks! to choose from), an updated wardrobe, freshly sharpened pencils—all signs of a new school year.

We recently went back to school shopping and picked up some supplies for the new year.

With a 5 year old and 3 year old, it’s not full fledge school, but my 5 year old is starting kindergarten which is bittersweet.

I’m so excited for her, but also a mess of emotions that she feels all grown up now, and I don’t know where the time went.

pencil case with colored pencils

Planning For Back to School Snacks

The shift from our relaxed summer schedule can feel like a whirlwind.

So, one thing I can do to simplify things is to plan for easy snacks that will nourish them as they grow.

If your kids are like mine, they come home hungry, so I really rely on fun, yet nourishing, back to school snacks recipes.

And, by nourishing, I mean that these options pretty much all offer at least one fruit/veggie and fiber, which is important for health and keeping kids full.

bento box for school lunch

Plus, not all kids may eat their lunch, or lunch can be served early in the day.

Furthermore, some kids don’t even get enough time to eat, which all contribute to the need for healthy after school snacks.

Combine that with active bodies and minds and you have starving kiddos ready for fuel.

lemon protein balls on plate wrapped in coconut

Back to School Snack Recipes

Easy after school snacks are a great way to tide them over until dinner time, which let’s face it, we usually need to be easy (ahem: easy dinner ideas).

And back to school snack recipes are an opportunity to add in the nutrients they need.

I’ve compiled a list of convenient and healthy snacks that are well-balanced with carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

gluten free blueberry muffins in serving bowl with bowl of peanut butter and spoon nearby

Some of the snacks you can make ahead so they are ready when your kids walk through the door.

Most of the recipes are easy enough that the kids can help you whip them up in no time.

Whether you are feeding teen athletes or curious toddlers with homemade toddler snacks, you’ll find the perfect snack for your kids.

Back to School Snack Ideas

Use these back to school snack ideas to keep your kids nourished after school.

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