When school is in session, you want your kids on top of their game. And since learning doesn’t end when the school bell rings, keeping it going when they come home to do homework is important. So if you’re trying to decide what after-school snacks to serve your children, then you should consider some brain foods. These are foods which will keep the kids alert and on their toes and ready to learn and work their hardest. Here are ten after-school snack ideas (with variations) which make for great brain food.


Get some mixed nuts or any favorite type (assuming there’s no nut allergy) to feed your kids after school. They make a quick, easy, and filling snack which does wonders for the brain.


There are so many fruits you can go with that make great brain food. Here are just a few:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranate


Like with fruit, there’s a whole list of great brain foods that come in the vegetable variety. You shouldn’t have any trouble shaking things up with all of these choices:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Yams/Sweet potatoes


Low-fat cheese and crackers are great pick-me-ups for an after-school snack. Find one with Omega fatty acids and you have a real brain food right there.


More specifically, egg whites. Now we know, you’re probably thinking who wants to eat raw egg whites? Well, make a nice meringue and you’re all set. Or hard boil some eggs to slice up the whites for snacking while separating the yolks for use elsewhere.


Anything with oats. Oats are a great brain food, so oatmeal and oatmeal cookies are a great after-school snack. Add some raisins to the oatmeal cookies and you just brought this brain food to the next level.

Green Tea

If you’re looking for something to drink along with an after-school snack, then green tea is the perfect healthy brain food choice.

Almond Milk

Another perfect brain-food drink of choice. Pair this with one of the fruits or vegetables above and you have an unstoppable brain food snack.

Tuna Fish

Tuna doesn’t have to mean sandwich. Have a few snack crackers with tuna on them for an after-school snack.


You just can’t go wrong with yogurt, especially if you put one of the brainiac fruits mentioned above in it. A probiotic and brain food all in one makes this a perfect choice for an after-school snack.

Talk to your kids about what they would like to see as possible afternoon snacks. Give them options. Things that are easy to grab will be especially important for those on-the-go days. Change it up and try new things. You’ll be amazed what your children can do with the right brain food in their belly.