4 Easy After-School Snacks

I have two kids who will be heading back to school shortly. It's hard to believe they will be in 5th and 6th grade already! We have started some school shopping and they are getting excited to head back. I'm really excited to have them back in a routine and using their brains for good!

All of that means it's time for me to start coming up with some after-school snack options. To keep them from reaching for the bag of chips when they get off the bus, I like to have some better options available for them. Here are a few of my kids' - and my - favorites. 

Sliced apples with Creamy Caramel Sauce
All I have to say is YUM! The kids love this option. Simply slice up an apple and gently warm some Creamy Caramel Sauce in the microwave for a few seconds.

Apples with Creamy Caramel Sauce

Veggies with Spinach & Herb Dip
My kids love to eat their veggies. I know, lucky mom! Mix up some Spinach & Herb Dip using Spinach & Herb Seasoning, mayonnaise and sour cream (I use plain Greek yogurt) as directed on the package. Cut up some veggies and you're done!

Veggies with Spinach & Herb Dip

Vanilla Bean Chai Snack Mix
If you're looking for something to send with them to eat on the bus ride home or just grab-and-go, this Vanilla Bean Chai Snack Mix is perfect. My kids both gave this one 5 stars! Check out the step-by-step instructions for this recipe below or simply view the recipe.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix 

Cherry Chip Quinoa Bars
Another option for grab-and-go are these delicious Cherry Chip Quinoa Bars. These happen to be one of my favorites. See recipe >

Cherry Chip Quinoa Bars

So there you have it. A few after-school answers to "Mom! I'm soooo hungry!" Remember, now that the kids are back in school, it's the perfect time for mom to take a break and enjoy a little quiet time with one of our delightful drink mixes

- Sara

Vanilla Bean Chai Snack Mix prep

Pour 4 cups corn or rice cereal into a large bowl.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix Prep

Add 1 cup peanuts.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix Prep

Add ½ cup mini M&Ms.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix Prep

Add ½ cup raisins.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix Prep

Top with ¼ cup (½ stick) melted butter and ½ cup Vanilla Bean Chai Drink Mix. Stir to coat.

Vanilla Chai Snack Mix Prep

Stir in ½ cup mini jelly beans. Enjoy!

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