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After-School Snacks for Every Schedule

By Craig Smith
September 1, 2017

Back-to-school season signals sports, schedules, and one other important staple — snacks.

Snack TimeIf you hear, “I’m hungry!” the minute your child hops in the car, you’re in good company. It’s common for kids to have an appetite after school. School-aged children eat early in the day, oftentimes before noon. It’s no wonder they crave mid-afternoon munchies!

It’s important for your kids to have portioned snacks – you want them to feel satisfied without spoiling their dinner. A nutritious diet, including both meals and snacks, helps build strong bones, teeth, and gums.

Although your kids may be in the same family, it doesn’t mean they’re on the same schedule.

Here are 3 smile-worthy snacks perfect* for every pick-up:

*Click the links to learn how certain foods benefit growing bodies and smiles.


Although it’s important to pack a tooth-friendly snack, make sure it’s car approved too! Stick to dry snacks in plastic baggies:

  • Non-messy fruits, like grapes or apple slices
  • Nuts mixed with dried fruit
  • String or cubed cheese

If school is close to the kitchen, why not skip the car food and savor snack time at home? Before you start dinner, cook up one of these creative snacks:


Little athletes have big appetites! Fuel your all-stars with these post-practice pleasers:

For more snack ideas, check out these Pinterest Boards.

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