21 Convenient and Healthy After School Snacks

As parents and caregivers, it's important to provide healthy after school snacks for kids as a way to nourish and satiate their appetites. No matter what their after school activity may be, we've curated a list of quick snack ideas that provide convenience for you and nutrition for them.

This list is chalk full of grab and go snacks that pack the flavor and nutrition your kids will love. We've also incorporated a nice balance of packaged snack foods and whole food options based on preference and nutritional value. 

One of our favorite after school snacks is beef jerky because it provides a substantial amount of protein to satiate one until dinner and won't cause a sugar crash like other highly processed junk foods. In fact, our sugar-free line serves as a great source of protein, flavor, and nutritional value that will keep both parents and kids happy. 

Packaged After School Snacks

1. Mini Pepperoni Beef Sticks 

People's Choice Beef Jerky Pepperoni Mini Beef Sticks

First up on the list is our Pepperoni flavored Mini Beef Sticks because what kid doesn't love anything that is pepperoni flavored? The best part is that these mini beef sticks are full of protein, sugar-free, and carb-free. They fueled your kids for after school sports, homework, or anything else without giving them a hard crash. We also offer an assortment of different flavors ranging from Sea Salt & Pepper to Hickory BBQ so there's a flavor for every kid. 

Shop: People's Choice Beef Jerky Mini Beef Stick Collection - $6.99 per bag 

2. Dried Apple Chips 

Dried Apple Chips

Crunchy apple chips are a super simple snack that's quick, easy, and absolutely delicious for hungry kiddos. They have a crunchy element that makes it super enjoyable and also packs the nutrition, fiber, and tastiness any kid could dream of. 

Shop: Bare Apple Chips - $6.64

3. Gluten Free Pretzels 

 FitJoy Gluten Free Pretzels

This is a perfect gluten-free after school snack for any kid that has a wheat intolerance. Pretzels should truly be a staple in a family's pantry because it's crunchy nature, and salty flavor. 

Shop: FitJoy Pretzels - $29.94 per 6 bag pack 

4. Fruit Smoothie Pouch 

 Noka Superfood Fruit Smoothie

If you're wanting your kid to consume more fruits and vegetables, but they don't always make that easy, try giving them these smoothies pouches. They are packed with fruits and are super convenient because they come in a clean and easy to handle pouch. No mess. no fuss. Just pure fruity deliciousness. 

Shop: Noka Superfood Smoothie Pouch - $26.99 per 12 count

5. Dried Cranberries

 Dried Cranberries

Dried fruit is also another go to afternoon snack for kids. If they love a little bit of tartness, dried cranberries will be their next go to. These are both sweet and tart which make them easy to consume. Plus, they come in an easy bag with a ziplock closure that's easy to handle. 

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6. Plain Greek Yogurt 

Plain Greek Yogurt 

Plain Greek Yogurt is a great afternoon snack because it also serves as a great probiotic for the one's gut. The best part about greek yogurt is that you can also add other healthy ingredients to it like nut butters or fruit to jazz up the flavor. It's also a good source of protein so it'll keep your kids full until dinner. 

Shop: Amazon Fresh Plain Greek Yogurt - $3.69

7. Fruit Cups 

 Dole Fruit Cups

Fruit cups say it all. These to go cups are packed with different fruits that kids all know and love. They're mess-free, easy to consume and always delicious. Plus, it's a great alternative to unhealthy snacks likes chips or processed foods. 

Shop: Dole Fruit Cups - $7.98 per 12 pack 

8. Apple Sauce Squeeze Pouches

 GoGo squeez apple sauce pouch

When it comes to kids, applesauce is essential. These GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches are great when kids need a quick snack in the car. No mess and no fuss. They're delicious, contain lots of health benefits, and are super easy to consume. 

Shop: GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches - $11.67 per 18 pack 

9. Whole Grain Wheat Crackers


Most kids love a good cracker. Triscuits make a whole grain cracker that's crunchy, salty, and flakey all at the same time. It's the perfect snack to consume on its own or with some string cheese. Throw some in a ziplock bag and your kid is ready to rock. 

Shop: Family Size Triscuits - $5.49

10. Granola Bars 

Granola Bars 

The best part about granola bars is that they are shelf stable and come in a prepackaged wrapping making them easy to pack in a backpack or lunchbox. Plus, they come in a variety of different flavors that are perfect for all kids. 

Shop: Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars - $6.99 per 10 count

Whole Food After School Snacks 

11. Nut or Seed Butters

Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter are not only a great source of protein as an afternoon snack, but they can be used in a pinch for a quick sandwich. If your child has an allergy to nuts, you can swap out any nut butter with a seed butter like sunflower butter. 

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12. Sliced Apples or Fresh Fruit 

Any fresh fruits including sliced apples, fruit kabobs, peaches, sliced pears, or whole fruits are also great snack options. They have no added sugar and are nutritious and delicious. It's also a great way for your kid to try new fruits by purchasing what's currently in season. 

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13. Oatmeal

 If you're a fan of oatmeal you know it doesn't have to be consumed strictly in the morning. It can also be a good afternoon snack because it contains healthy complex carbohydrates that will give your kids the energy they need to complete their afternoon tasks. 

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14. Popcorn 

Popcorn should be a staple snack time food. You can purchase it at any local grocery store and it's simple and fast to make.  

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15. Carrot Sticks and Fresh Vegetables

Carrot sticks and other fresh veggies pack a crunch that'll keep your kids wanting more. A helpful tip is to accompany those fresh vegetables with a dipping sauce like ranch or buffalo. 

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16. Dried Fruit 

Dried fruit is always a go to option for an afternoon snack. There's no preparation with this one. Just tear the bag open and start snacking. Plus, most fruit can come dried so you can choose fruits your kids will love. 

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17. Cottage Cheese 

Now this one might be a little harder to convince your kids with, but cottage cheese is packed with protein and a great alternative to yogurt because it's a bit more savory. You can also add fruit, nut butters, and other snacks to accompany it. 

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18. Sliced Cheese or String Cheese 

String cheese is another quick and easy afternoon snack that's ideal for a kid on the go because it comes in a prepackaged. Now they come in different flavors, which is ideal for any cheese loving kid. 

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19. Hummus and Pita Bread 

If your kid wants something a little bit hardier, try going for hummus and pita bread. It's a healthy snack that's packed with protein and absolutely delicious.  

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20. Avocados 

Avocados are one of the most healthy fats you can consume. Spread this on toast, or scoop it out plain, either way it's a sure fire afternoon snack. Sprinkle a little salt on top with some hot sauce for an added layer of flavor.  

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21. Roasted Chickpeas 

These roasted chickpeas are great if you like to prep some snacks ahead of time. Get a can of chickpeas, drain and rinse, then roast them in the oven with seasoning for a delicious crunch. They're healthy, salty, and addictive! 

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