Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top Seven Healthy After-School (or Afternoon) Snacks

Throughout 2012 I plan to share some of my "Top ___" lists of different recipes. Since R started school this week, and since he always comes how ravenous, I thought I'd share our favorite after school snacks:

Apple Nachos
: Our perennial favorite. If you or yours have a peanut allergy, you can easily use another nut butter.

Pumpkin Muffins: Sure, you can eat for breakfast, but they make a quick after school snack too (bonus: you're getting your kids to eat a vegetable for a snack!)

Seven-Layer Greek Dip
: When I make this, it never lasts long. For the boys, I omit the red onion and tomato; you can customize it to your family's tastes! (PS--this recipe also uses my homemade hummus recipe, which is an easier, but equally tasty, after school snack)

Slow Cooker Applesauce: Have a busy day, mom? Then put all this in the slow cooker before you leave in the morning, and have a special treat waiting for your kids when they get home from school. Tastes waaaaaay better than applesauce, more like apple pie filling.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn: All you need is a brown paper lunch bag and some popcorn kernels...easy peasy and another Sweet Pea family favorite.

Super Granola Bars: An oldie, but a goodie (you can tell by the picture--I am no photographer now, but I've certainly learned a thing or two since this pic was snapped!), we've been making these for years. You can alter the fruit and other mix-ins to your heart's content.

Roasted Tomato Salsa: Sure, you can open a jar, but this is tastes so much better and takes very little effort!

All of these snacks are healthful and a great way to recharge your kid after a long day of school or play!

Life is sweet,


Rita @ Healthy Mom, Sexy Wife said...

Thank you for the wonderful ideas!! I will definitely be trying more than one of these.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

You are welcome Rita!!

Unknown said...

These really look wonderful! Now I want nachos!