These kid-friendly foods make the perfect after-school snacks and will keep ‘em full until supper.
Everybody loves Trader Joe’s. The grocery chain’s private label allows us to try new unique products without completely emptying our wallets in the process. But the store doesn’t only carry those innovative, hard-to-find Trader Joe’s products that sophisticated shoppers love. It also carries kid-friendly snacks perfect to fill the after-school snack rut. These Trader Joe’s snacks for kids won’t ruin dinner, won’t bore your kids, and they won’t scare them, either. From pretzel slims to cheese sticks, these after-school snacks from Trader Joe’s are perfect healthy, filling, and slightly-sweet after school snacks to satisfy a hungry carpool.
Cheddar Rocket Crackers
What kid wouldn’t love a cheese cracker shaped like a rocket ship? And what parent wouldn’t love the real cheddar cheese used to flavor these bad boys?
Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks
TJ’s released these in 2013, so they may not be not available at every location – but if you happen to find them, you’ve stumbled upon Trader Joe’s gold. They are crunchy, taste like a churro, and perfect for dipping. Best news is: they’re made with whole-wheat ingredients and minimal sugar.
Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
Richer and creamier than their fat-free alternatives, these snack-sized yogurt cupscome in flavors like honey, strawberry vanilla, and apricot mango. They’re also full of live cultures beneficial to digestive systems, like L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, and Bifidus. Maybe don’t tell your kids that part.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
This slightly sweet bread is made with cinnamon, raisins, and rice flour. Toast it, and add a smear of peanut butter for a filling and energizing post-school snack.
Freeze Dried Strawberies
Extra flavorful with no added sugar, a handful of these will satisfy an after-school sweet tooth. Mix them into yogurt, add to trail mix, or eat them plain.
Gear your kids’ immune systems up to survive the next day of school: these kid-friendly juice boxes each contain 100% of the daily value of vitamin C.
Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks
Slightly salty with a hint of honey sweetness, these classic and beloved pretzel sticks are great dipped in peanut butter or honey mustard.
Organic Apple Sauce
Made from crushed whole apples and lightly cooked, this organic applesauce is made in small batches using U.S. grown organic apples like Golden Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, and Red Delicious. Bonus on the health-meter: they contain no added sugar!
In-Shell Roasted Salted Peanuts
Roasted peanuts are a classic salty snack, and a perfect for a pre-practice food. Made from peanuts grown in the U.S. and full of protein and fiber, these 99-cent bags are the ultimate crowd-pleasing snack.
Ridge Cut Potato Chips with Sea Salt
No list of after-school snacks would be complete without a salty bag of potato chips. These top-selling potato chips are perfect for dipping in one of TJ’s vegetable spreads, or eating plain. Just don’t spoil dinner!
Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds
Roasted peanuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds make this crunchy peanut butter spread a winner for everyone. Spread on celery or dip apples in this classic (and healthy!) after school snack.
Organic Lowfat Yogurt Squishers
Free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup – but your kids won’t know it. Throw a few in your purse before heading through carpool line, and a few in the freezer for a healthy dessert.
Organic Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers
It’s hard to go wrong with cheese and crackers. These sandwich crackers are made with organic cheese are perfect for packing in schoolbags to take for in between school and practice.
These bars are basically portable, snack-sized peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. With “bread” made from oatmeal, peanut butter, and rice flower and “jelly” made from sweet strawberry fruit filling, these gluten-free snacks are the perfect after-school sweet fix.
Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil
Air-popped, seasoned with organic olive oil and a sprinkle of natural sea salt, this popcorn is as much an after-school snack for your kids as it is for you.
Pinks & Whites Cookies
TJ’s version of the beloved frosted animal crackers, these buttery shortbread crisps are supplied by a small-batch bakery in Upstate New York. They’re also covered in yogurt icing, topped with colorful sprinkles, and shaped like flowers. They’re also irresistible.
Mild Cheddar Cheese Snack Sticks
Wisconsin-made, individually wrapped, and perfect for snacking on the go. Save a couple for yourself – it’s actually really good cheddar.
When it comes to after school snacks, pretzels are elementary. Salty and filling, these slims are somewhere between a cracker and a chip, and can be treated as either. Top with a slice of cheese, or dip into salsa.
Organic Chia Bars
Full of healthy chia seeds, crunchy almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sweet cranberries, these 100-calorie bars will help hold your kid over until dinnertime.
Simply Nutty Dark Chocolate Nut Bars
In three flavors – Dark Chocolate, Peanut, & Almond; Dark Chocolate, Walnut, & Peanut; and Fig & Date – these bars come in boxes of five. You’ll probably want a few for yourself.
White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Puffy, crunchy, corny, and cheesy, these cheddar puffs will fool your kids into thinking they’re eating complete junk food. But they’re not complete junk food! Each large, two-cup serving only has 140 calories.
Sweetened Dried Orange Slices
Dried orange slices have all the taste of a fresh, juicy orange without the sticky peel or drippy mess. Pack a back of these for carpool for some smiling after-schoolers.