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10 After-School Snacks Your Child Can Make

Filed Under: food, kids

School is back in full swing and chances are, your schedule is bursting at the seams. Why not delegate snacktime to your children with these easy, handy-to-make treats for your kiddies?

celery, raisins, fruit, cream cheese, snack, foodAnts on a log is a child's favorite; switch up the recipe with low-fat cream cheese and dried fruit. Photo: Martha Stewart

1. Ants on a Log
Keep a few strands of celery available in the refrigerator. Add peanut butter and raisins to the "log" for a fun and nutritious snack!

2. Crunchy Apples
Store some sliced apples in your fridge, along with some granola and peanut butter. Have your children roll the peanut-butter covered apples in loose granola over wax paper. It tastes delicious!

3. Tortilla Rolls
Roll ham, turkey, cheese and lettuce in tortilla wraps. Add your favorite condiment or sandwich spread to spice it up!

4. Cinnamon Toast*
Place a slice of whole-wheat bread in the toaster, top with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar sparingly.

5. S'Mores**
You know the drill; graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows make this fun treat. Place in a microwave on medium temperature for ten seconds.

6. Parfait
Add some vanilla yogurt, loose granola (or GrapeNuts cereal) and fresh blueberries or strawberries into a cup or mug. Top with whipped cream for a sweet surprise!

pizza, cheese, food, snackTry English Muffin mini-pizzas for a tasty microwave treat. Photo: Taste.Com

7. English Muffin Pizzas**
Divide an English Muffin into halves and spread tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni (or your favorite toppings!) onto each half. Microwave for twenty seconds and enjoy!

8. Banana Dog
Spread peanut butter onto a hot dog bun and sandwich a banana between each side of the bun. I've never met a kid that didn't love this recipe!

9. Trail Mix
Encourage your child to create their own trail mix by keeping pretzels, peanuts, granola, dried fruit and yogurt chips on hand.

10. Frozen Grapes
This takes some prep time, but teach your child the art of preparation with this handy treat. Place a bag of grapes in the freezer overnight, and by the time they arrive home, frozen snacks will await them!

With these yummy recipes, your kids will stop badgering you about dinner and start helping themselves to nutritious snacks. A win-win situation if you ask me!

*requires use of toaster
**requires use of microwave


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