The busy mom's guide to after-school snacks for every eater

Happy Back-to-School Month! Do you have snacks and packed lunches on the brain? Join the club.

Snack time is primetime for highlighting fruits and veggies in a fun-to-eat way. And it can be an opportunity to fill nutrient gaps if you have got a picky eater on your hands. Don’t worry too much about specifics, but do aim to combine protein, fiber, and fat. This trio keeps kids (and their caretakers) fuller for longer (but hitting even just two will get you far!).  


With nut butter

  • Ants on a log (celery spread with nut butter and studded with raisins)
  • Nut butter topped rice cake decorated with sliced berries, banana;
    • try adding chia seeds or dried coconut if your little is up for it
  • Banana “ice cream” - blend ½ frozen banana, 1 tbs nut butter, ½ tsp cinnamon until creamy

With cheese

  • Turkey and cheese roll up with a dab up hummus and a piece of crunchy lettuce
  • Cheese quesadilla triangles with salsa
  • Medjool dates pitted, sliced, and stuffed with spreadable cheese (ricotta and goat cheese work well here)


  • Fruit kebabs
  • Fruit smoothie made with unsweetened yogurt
  • Plain, vanilla, or coconut yogurt stirred with 1 tbs nut butter, 1 tsp cinnamon (1 tsp honey optional ); serve with apple slices


  • Edamame with flakey sea salt
  • Popcorn - pop on the stove with a slick of olive oil over medium heat. Serve as is, with favorite spice, salt, or even a few chocolate chips for a melty rich surprise that kids love
  • Dried seaweed topped with avocado - try Sea Snax made with olive oil
  • Roasted chickpeas - dry a can of drained chickpeas with a paper towel or cloth; coat with olive oil - seasoning optional - and bake at 450 in a single layer for 30-40 minutes
  • Quick guacamole (roughly mash ⅓ avocado with lime juice and a few pinches of salt) with favorite dippers - baby carrots, bell peppers, jicama, veggie chips are my go to


  • Jerky of choice - Beyond the traditional beef there are lots of funky and minimally processed options out there. Look for salmon, coconut, turkey, tuna, and even alligator or kangaroo for the adventurous eaters
  • RXBAR kids - only a few, real ingredients in kid-friendly sizes and flavors
  • Crunchy bean bites - try Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps, Biena or the Good Bean crispy chickpeas,