For some of us getting back into the school routine brings some challenges in the lunchbox and snack departments. Smart after school snacks can be a life-saver when kids come home tired and hungry from school and kindergarten. It is often the time when I most hear about the phrase, “I’m hungry” repeated one too many times.

Sometimes I get myself organised and have something planned in advance, but usually I am making something for them on the fly. My boys would be happy to eat weetbix all the time if they could, so I like to have some alternatives that are easy and quick

to rustle up. So I thought I would start a list of the snacks that my kids like.

Some of these snack ideas can be given to babies and used in the lunchbox.

Some great after school snacks

  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit smoothie (banana, berries, oats)
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Savoury muffins
  • Fresh fruit
  • Marmite or vegemite and cheese toast
  • Pita bread toasties or quesidillas
  • Raw vegetables and dip such as hummus
  • Sandwiches
  • Crumpets
  • Toast with toppings like bananas or avocado
  • Pikelets
  • Cold cooked meat
  • Popcorn
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Fritters made with things like zucchini, corn or blueberries
  • Baked beans on toast
  • Cold pizza
  • Raisin toast
  • Crisp-breads with a low fat topping
  • Whole-wheat breakfast cereal and reduced fat milk
  • Cheese scones or muffins


Mummy to three small boys

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