Whether it’s immediately after school or after energy consuming activities the classic cookies and milk might not be able to fill the void needed by some depleted looking kids coming home. The following suggestions for snack time might just do the trick and most importantly not ruin appetites for dinner; the only drawback is not chomping on them yourselves.
These suggested ingredients could be replaced with a favorite fruit or vegetable. The main aim here is to shake things up in the snacks department.
Cut an apple into wedges. Stick a toothpick in each piece, dip in nut butter, and roll in crushed peanuts or sliced almonds.
Spread a dollop of blueberry yogurt on a graham cracker and top with banana slices, dried cranberries, and mini–chocolate chips.
Top whole-grain crackers with cranberry sauce, thin apple slices, and grated cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese melts.
Cut a tortilla into 6 pieces. Brush olive oil on each side. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with your fave fruit salad.
Slice apple into thin wedges. Top with a small slice of cheddar cheese. Wrap with a slice of deli ham.
Blend one 20-oz can crushed pineapple, 1 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Freeze into pops. (Just love pineapple, good for the warm weather)
Provide carrot sticks, a bowl of veggie cheese dip, and a plate of rainbow goldfish. Let the kids dip the carrot (fishing pole) into the cheese (bait) and then “catch” the fish.
The following are a list of recipes from the parenting magazine that will require some more time and ingredients to achieve.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries :These soft, yummy sweet potato fries are healthier than regular french fries (and taste great dipped in ketchup)
Oatmeal Snack Cakes :A healthy recipe for oatmeal snack cakes that make for a delicious on-the-go breakfast
Quick, Kid-Friendly Breadsticks :A quick recipe for breadsticks that make a great kid-friendly snack
Orange Cranberry Muffins :These fruity muffins are packed with kid-friendly fruits and fruit juice and make a yummy, healthy breakfast or snack
Parmesan Cheese Straws :An easy, cheesy breadstick recipe that kids will love. Plus, see more of our favorite healthy snacks for kids!
Zucchini Muffins Recipe :Kids won’t notice the vegetables in these yummy zucchini muffins. They can have fun helping you make them, too!
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