From Our Kitchen to Yours: Easy After School Snacks

With back to school here, it is often helpful to have some quick snacks ready for lunchboxes and after school activities.  Preparing meals at the beginning of the week can help when things get hectic.  Here are a few healthy after school snacks that your family is sure to love.  We found these great ideas on Pinterest.

Chocolate Banana Pops

These are a great treat to prepare at the beginning of the week and then freeze.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 large banana, ripe but firm
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 12 toothpicks or popsicle sticks

How to make:

  1. Slice the banana into 3/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Skewer with a toothpick or popsicle stick.
  3. Add the chips to a glass bowl.
  4. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until the chocolate chips are melted.
  5. One at a time, dip the banana bites into the melted chips, place on a baking sheet that has been covered with wax paper.
  6. Freeze and serve frozen.

Healthy tip:

  • Use low fat peanut butter or yogurt as a healthier alternative to chocolate. Click this link for more information on this treat:

http://domesticfits.com/2013/08/08/after-school-snack-chocolate-banana-pops/

Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip

This is another great recipe.  With 8.4 grams of protein per quarter cup, this snack is sure to keep everyone full and focused.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of natural, creamy peanut butter
  • Your favorite fruit for dipping, chopped

How to make:

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl and serve or refrigerate. Dip your favorite fruit, and enjoy! Click this link for more info on the recipe:

http://preventionrd.com/2012/09/meatless-monday-peanut-butter-yogurt-fruit-dip/

Waffle pencil stack

These cute waffle snacks are great for an after school snack or a fun, quick breakfast idea.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Waffle dunkers
  • 1 banana
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 pretzel rod
  • 1 raisin

How to make:

  1. Cook 2 of the waffles and put them on a plate.
  2. Peel a banana and cut it in half.  From one half, you will slice two triangles then place that on one end of the waffle, as if to create a pencil point.
  3. Break the pretzel and put it at the other end of the waffle.
  4. For the eraser, you will cut a strawberry and place it on top of the pretzel.  Use the raisin for the “tip” of the pencil. Get more info on this idea at this link:

http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/2013/09/eggo-waffle-after-school-pencil-snack.html/

Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Chips

These tasty treats are a great way to get your kiddos to eat more vegetables.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 or 3 zucchini, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • ½ cup of ground parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Cooking spray

How to make:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line 3 baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Combine zucchini slices, olive oil and, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining spices.
  4. Coat the oiled zucchini slices in the spice mixture and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Lightly spray the slices with cooking spray; this will help create a crunchier texture.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and then rotate pan and continue cooking until golden brown.

Get more info on this snack at this link:

http://diethood.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-zucchini-chips/

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