Sep 25, 2015

Back to School: After School Snacks You’ll Feel Good Giving to Your Kids

Now that everyone stateside is back to school, we at NAPCP would like to help you with a handful of after school snack ideas. These ‘goodies’ are on the healthier side of food, and should still leave plenty of room in tummies of all sizes for dinner.

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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Yogurt and Honey Dip have only 5 ingredients. Minimal prep, virtually no cleanup, and the possibilities are endless. Pair seasonally appropriate fruit with its complementary cheese and you have a completely new snack! Remember to trim the ends of pointy skewers before giving to younger children.

We don’t think this Trail Mix Popcorn snack requires the homemade seasoning mix at all, but add it on on Fridays, or for a special reward! Cranberries and raisins are full of naturally occurring antioxidants, while popcorn (popped from plain kernels) provides whole grains and fiber. Yum!

This recipe for Mini Spinach-and-Cheese Pizzas comes from Martha herself. Especially when served on fiber-rich whole wheat pitas, the health benefits are self-explanatory, but it’s the creamy, savory flavor that will have your kids begging you to make these again and again! If green makes them scream, hide the spinach under part-skim ricotta, or pre-blend the iron-loaded greens in a tablespoon of olive oil before spreading on your pita pizzas.

Throw all of the ingredients for these Peanut Butter Energy Bites into one bowl, stir, roll, and chill. Easy! Chock full of oats, coconut, and ground flax seeds with honey, these bites are a favorite of NAPCP moms, too! So good. Head over to Crunchy Creamy Sweet for substitutions, and variations on this scrumptious snack.

Enjoy!

What are your favorite snacks to serve your kids on busy days, or to tide them over until dinner? Chime in, in the comments, and be sure to follow NAPCP on Pinterest for more yummy recipes!

 

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About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Manager, is our wordsmith and communications extraordinaire!  After college and graduate school, she worked in the nonprofit world, and briefly in politics. She realized she'd be quickly burned out, and started writing for various lifestyle websites. Before landing at NAPCP, Katie shot product photography for Etsy shops and other small business owners. Katie also works with Pinterest, as a member of their Pinfluencer team. She is passionate about making the world a happier, more beautiful place! Katie lives for her husband and two children, updating their totally 90's home, and finding joy in the small things. Even washing dishes.

 

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