Cure after-school munchies
It’s back-to-school time. Kids often come home from school and go directly to the kitchen in search of a snack. Finding an after-school snack that won’t ruin their appetite for dinner can be a challenge. Fresh fruit and raw cut vegetables are healthy, but can become boring. Try including hummus with cut vegetables or dip with fruit.
What snacks do you feed your kids after school?
Here are a few more tasty ideas:
Muffins and quick breads work well for sneaking in fruits or vegetables; think carrots or zucchini. Visit www.frugalvillage.com/2009/02/05/7-easy-quick-breads for a few quick bread recipes.
Add milk and fruit. Or try a fun cereal mix. You can adjust the ingredients and make it ahead, pre-packaging it into individual portions for the entire week.
1 cup toasted-oat cereal (plain, honey nut, apple cinnamon, frosted)
1 cup trail-mix cereal
1 cup nuts, such as almonds, mixed nuts, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, walnuts
1 cup Goldfish crackers
1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries or banana chips
1 cup candy-coated chocolates
1 cup baking chips (chocolate, peanut butter and/or butterscotch)
1 cup miniature pretzels
1 cup mini-marshmallows
1 cup animal crackers or bear-shaped graham crackers
Combine in a large bowl, divide, and store in plastic zip-enclosure baggies. Sweet ingredients are optional.
Buy plain yogurt and add your own fruit preserves. Top with granola, oatmeal or wheat germ or serve with graham crackers.
CHEESE AND CRACKERS:
Try cubed, string or cottage cheese and serve it with whole-grain crackers, pretzels or fruit. Or as a twist, mix cream cheese and fruit preserves and serve on graham crackers, a bagel, English muffin or raisin toast.
Hard-boil eggs ahead of time and have them cold and ready for when kids get home. Make deviled eggs, too. For an avocado-stuffed egg recipe, visit www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-recipes/view/28130/Ham-and-Avocado-Deviled-Eggs.
POPCORN OR RICE CAKES:
Popcorn is cheap and light. For sweet and savory popcorn recipes, visit www.recipegoldmine.com/popcorn/popcorn.html. For rice cakes, you can spread peanut butter on them to make them more appealing.
They can be made with healthy ingredients, such as fruit, ice, juices, milk and yogurt. You can pour smoothies into cups and freeze them to enjoy a fruity yogurt treat to eat with a spoon.
If not homemade, check your local grocery aisle for a variety of fruit sauce options, such as pear sauce or strawberry applesauce. Speaking of apples, they can be baked and even cooked in a Crock-Pot. For a recipe for Crock-Pot apples, visit www.food.com/recipe/slow-cooked-baked-apples-328381.
One reader, Ellise from South Carolina, shares: “I make apple toast. Here’s the recipe.
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices bread
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
cinnamon, to taste
brown or white sugar, to taste
Set oven to broil. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place apple slices on buttered side of bread. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Place bread on a baking sheet. Place in oven until toasted.”
Frozen grapes, blueberries or bananas are delicious ways to enjoy fruit. Another reader, Joseph from North Carolina, shares: “I just made this for the first time and am amazed at how great it tastes. It’s exactly like banana ice cream and comes out like soft serve. You’ll need some bananas and milk. Freeze a banana. Peel it, chop it into chunks, and put it into your food processor. Blend with a splash of milk until creamy. Then eat. This does not taste like a low-fat product; it is very rich and creamy.”