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23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School
Everyday after school your kids need to eat, right?
So, you give them a snack. Maybe it’s a piece of fruit, or something else.
After they’re done eating, maybe you have them do their homework or maybe they just relax from the school day, or maybe they have sports.
Well, if they’re still at home after snack; there’s a good chance they’ll end up saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’ 10 or 20 minutes after they eat their initial snack.
You tell them to wait for dinner; they say they can’t. They end up eating whatever they can find in the kitchen because they are sooo hungry; their little snack (with little protein) didn’t fill them up.
The solution (which you probably already know) is to give them a healthy after school snack rich in protein! (AKA a High Protein Vegan Snacks) This may mean the recipe contains nuts, seeds, nut butters, beans, or even tofu or quinoa!
The solution is not stocking up on processed food that won’t nourish your child, and only keep them coming back for more.
Did you know that food companies engineer their food to be addictive and the FDA doesn’t do anything about it?! Crazy, right?
So, stop trusting food companies to have your childrens health in mind when making food, and start making their snacks yourself. Many, if not all, of the snacks below can be made over the weekend and last all week! Go ahead and give them a try.
(You should know that some of the recipes below do require a food processor, not all of them do, but I honestly don’t know what I did before I had one, this is the one I have.)
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High Protein Vegan Snacks: Energy Bites and Bars
With ‘energy’ being right in their names (or most of their names) it’s an easy way to tell that they should help keep your child full til dinner!
pumpkin spice quinoa snack balls
I was in at ‘pumpkin spice’, my girls will know what Fall is all about, haha! Plus, adding quinoa to energy balls; brilliant!
LEARNING TO STIR + CRANBERRY COCONUT ENERGY BITES
This post will help you include your little ones in the snack making process, along with having a yummy and filling end result!
The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time
no bake pumpkin spice energy bars
It’s the season for pumpkin spice everything. Share this contagious pumpkin spice time of year with them with some delicious and filling energy bars!
VEGAN FRUIT & OAT BARS (DAIRY, NUT, GLUTEN, EGG AND SUGAR-FREE)
You can’t go wrong with make ahead bars!
EASY 3-INGREDIENT HOMEMADE PROTEIN BAR RECIPE
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Chocolate and Dessert-like Recipes
Ok, so maybe you’re wondering why there are dessert-like recipes on this list of healthy after school snacks focused on filling up your kids and stopping them from saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’.
Well, it just so happens that some desserts, even of the chocolate variety, can actually be healthy, filling, and count as a nutritious after school snack.
Especially if the ingredients in those snacks are in themselves healthy or whole foods, like dates and nuts, instead of processed sugar.
Check out the recipes below and enjoy
eating better-for-you desserts without the guilt feeding your kids a healthy after school snack.
*Hint- if you don’t already have this, you may want to look into investing in one. You will NEED it to make the some of the recipes below. Plus, it’ll help you make tons of healthy treats, snacks, and even meals to feed your whole family. It’s the easiest way to make banana ice cream & vegan mac and cheese!
Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies
My 5 year snuck a peek at this recipe while I was putting this post together and was perfectly ok with the secret ingredient that helps make these protein rich and chewy. Go check out this recipe and find out the secret ingredient!
chocolate bliss balls
The 5 ingredients for these have made it onto our grocery list, and currently I’m more excited to try these than my girls, but only because they don’t know, yet! It’s going to be like protein bar meet chocolate and energy balls (but way healthier, of course)!
Chocolate Chia Bliss Balls
You can never have enough chocolate bliss balls, and this one has a fun colorful twist that may help your child want to eat them! (If the chocolate wasn’t enough of a reason!)
CHEWY CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS WITH CARAMEL DRIZZLE
Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS (5-INGREDIENT)
MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT
Sure, these may look like cheesecake, and your kids may think they are getting away with eating something too sweet as an after school snack. But, it does have quite a bit of protein in it to help keep them full til dinner!
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Apple Sandwiches Recipe
These look delicious, I’m sure my girls and your kids will love these (as long as they like peanut butter- or replace with nut butter of choice). My girls actually call a single apple slice with toppings on it an apple cookie and they eat them like they would cookies, too!
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Savory Snacks
If your child isn’t into sweet after school snacks and looking fr something a little more savory, check out the recipes below, some are even traditional foods from other countries!
No Fry Black Gram-Kale Fritters/ Urad-Kale Appe / Black Gram-Kale Takoyaki
Maybe it’s just me, but there’s an ingredient in this recipe that I had never heard of before, which is pretty neat! I’m not sure if it’s available in stores near me, or you, but Amazon does have it here. Psst…this is one of those snacks from another country, and will not only help you get more protein into your kids, but veggies, too!
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
Do your kids like roasted chickpeas? Have they tried them? I can tell you right now that I’m making these this weekend to have my girls try! (We keep a stock of chickpeas in our kitchen at all times.)
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Dips
healthy fruit dip–4 ways
Maybe your kids are dippers; they’ll eat apples, but they prefer to have it with dip (or nutella). Check out these 4 healthy dip recipes that go great with apples and more, instead!
DELICIOUS DICED VEGGIE VEGAN BURRITOS
Who says vegans don’t get enough protein in their diets?
Vegans not getting enough protein in their diets is simply a myth. (Probably to encourage people to keep eating food that supports farmers, or big businesses, or others simply don’t know any better. I won’t go further into this issue in this post…)
Plus, you don’t have to be raising a vegan child for them to enjoy these healthy snacks.
I hope you and your children enjoy these high protein vegan snacks, and you can stop hearing ‘mom, I’m hungry’ everyday after snack and before dinner.
Let’s fill those little bellies up with some healthy protein filled snacks, that even a health nut of a mom can approve of!
Don’t forget to share these wonderful recipes with your friends who need snack ideas for their kids, too. Especially if they have picky eaters. (The dessert section above is bound to turn picky eaters into happy little kids with an empty plate in no time!)
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