4 Easy After-School Snacks for Kids

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
October 8, 2014

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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In the afternoon, I head out the door to the school to pick up our kids.  I load them up in our Tahoe and head home.  As soon as they walk through the door, they take their shoes off, drop their backpacks off by the front door and make a bee line to the kitchen in search for an afternoon snacks.  I want to have snacks available for them are healthy, easy to make and taste good.

4 Easy After-School Snacks for Kids

1 – Fruit plate.  When I say a fruit plate, I’m not talking about the gourmet one you get at a fancy restaurant.  I’m talking about strawberries, grapes, sliced bananas and sliced apples.  You could literally pull a few of these fruits out of the fridge, wash them up and serve them up within a few minutes.  If you want to go the extra mile, serve them with peanut butter or yummy hazelnut spreads.

2 – Yogurt and granola.  Depending on the age of your child, they might just prefer yogurt by itself.  You can fruit to the yogurt as well.

3 – Sandwiches.  Sometimes a half sandwich will really take the edge off your child’s hunger.  Add some variety with Peanut Butter and Jelly, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Meat and Cheese or just Cheese!

4 – Cheese.  Our kids love crackers and a great protein to add to this snack is cheese.  I like to mix it up a little bit – switching between Cheddar, Mozzarella and Havarti.  The kids really like it when they can make their own “Cheese Sandwiches” with the cheese and crackers!  Cheese also goes really great with fruit (especially with grapes and apples)!  One of my favorite snacks is cheese – whether it’s in a sandwich, with fruit or by itself.  Our kids like cheese too!  I like to cut it into chunks, slices and even fun shapes!  You can go crazy with the shapes – trust me (especially when it’s holiday-themed)!

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At our local grocery store, I found a great selection of cheeses.  One of our favorites is the Arla Dofino brand.  I was impressed by how many different Havarti cheeses there were from Arla Dofino.  There was Dill Havarti, Creamy Havarti, Jalapeño Havarti, Light Havarti and Smoked Havarti.  The Smoked Havarti is so good and my favorite!  The Creamy Havarti is great for spreading on crackers.  We had a #HavartiParty at our house!

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The Arla Dofino brand of cheese, made by Arla Foods, includes a naturally delicious range of family-friendly cheese flavors, such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina.  These hormone-free and additive-free cheeses are great for school lunches or afternoon snacks!

Have you tried the Arla Dofino Cheeses?  What’s your favorite flavor?

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

38 Responses to “4 Easy After-School Snacks for Kids”

  1. Catherine S says:

    These are all great snack ideas. We go through a lot of cheese in my house. I like to have cheese and grapes for a snack.

  2. These are great ideas. I hate to admit it, but my niece and nephew have after school snacks that frequently include chips and fruit snacks. =/

  3. Dawn says:

    These are great snack ideas. They’re easy, they’re healthy, and they’re tasty. Winner, winner!

  4. I LOVE Dofino Cheese! My kids would flip for a snack plate like this!

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My kids are big on things they can grab & go, like cheese sticks or crackers!

  6. Mitch says:

    I wish! Some days my son eats a 12 inch subway sandwich after school! Maybe I’ll try all four of these, that might fill him up! Thanks for the ideas.

  7. Rosey says:

    I like that nice selection of flavors they have going on or the Havarti. I’d try this brand, in fact I’ll be looking for the Jalepeno Havarti.

  8. Amanda says:

    All great ideas! My kids love cheese. Actually we all love cheese!

  9. Veronica says:

    I try to keep the after school snacks to healthy fruits and veggies. My son does love cheese

  10. Amanda says:

    We’ve been running out of snack ideas. These are great!

  11. Felicia says:

    These are great ideas. We can never go wrong with cheese!

  12. Liz Mays says:

    I haven’t seen that brand yet, but I’m going to keep my eyes open. I really love cheese and crackers for a snack!

  13. deb says:

    Two of my favorite snacks are cheese and crackers and yogurt with granola. We really enjoy Dolfino brand of cheese. Thanks for sharing these great snacks ideas!

  14. Christie says:

    Cheese is always a good idea! I could snack on this every day!

  15. Kristin says:

    We love sandwiches after school. Good list thank you for sharing.

  16. I’m allergic to dairy, so I can’t try them, which makes me very sad. Love your snack ideas. I’ve needed some ideas.

  17. Ronni says:

    We got lucky that our guy actually prefers healthy stuff over junk. Fluke, yes. But I’m not complaining!

  18. Stacie says:

    These are great tips for snacks over a bag of hips for sure!

  19. Those Arla Dofino Cheeses look like great snacks. I don’t think I have seen them before. I will have to see if I can find them.

  20. Debbie L. says:

    Good snacks – I love having a cheese – fruit & cracker lunch at work. Perfect for working in ER – fast and healthy.

  21. Melinda says:

    we offer small things for after school snacks. It’s usually fruit, cheese, crackers, dip or even pretzels. these are all satisfying enough to keep the kids happy

  22. Laura says:

    We have been coming up short on after school snack ideas. Thanks for these ideas!

  23. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have not tried Dofino cheese. I do give cheese as a snack. It is great with fancy molasses to dip it in.

  24. Cheese to me is the way chocolate is to others. I just loooooooooooove it. I had to stop bringing it in the house. I think it was getting to be too much for me. I needed a break. #cheeseaddict

  25. Krystal says:

    These are all great ideas for healthy snacks. Kids eat too much processed garbage!

  26. All solid choices. Not just for kids after school, but me after work, too.

  27. Amanda says:

    We struggle with snack ideas! This was great!! Thanks!

  28. Rachelle J says:

    I’m always looking for great after school snacks for my kids and these snack ideas would be perfect, thanks!

  29. Chrysa says:

    Love these great after school snacks! Thanks for sharing. The kids all love cheese of every kind.

  30. Lisa says:

    We love cheese at our house!!! My kids favorite cheese is colby-jack (they call it cow cheese because of hte pattern in the cheese) but I ‘m a big fan of any kind of cheese!!! MMMMMM!

  31. Mmm, great tips. Those look like a tasty treat for mom too!

  32. Haven’t seen these cheeses yet by me locally I’m going to have look around near work! Boy are kids lunches getting fancy upgrades or what? LOL 🙂

    I have got to stop surfing the web so late, now I crave a late night snack!

  33. These are great snack options. We love to have snack cheese or grapes and stuff like that on hand for light snacking.

  34. Those cheeses look delicious! I love these after school snacks – they all sound delicious!

  35. Lara says:

    Great choices. Cheese is a fav in our home too!

  36. Debbie Welchert says:

    Thanks for the great snack ideas. I like to give my grandkids cheese and crackers for a snack and they love it too.

  37. Leela says:

    My kids love crackers and cheese.

  38. Marti Tabora says:

    These are really great snack ideas, but I especially love the cheese. I think my family could eat cheese and crackers for a snack anytime.

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