The FunnySpoon Five: After School Snacks

Those after school munchies are one of the biggest culprits of ruining dinner time! The kids come home from school ravenous - and you need to give them energy to do homework, go to sports practice, etc - however, if you pick they wrong snack then dinner is doomed. Here are a couple of simple, healthy and tasty snacks that will tide them over until dinner's ready, but not fill them up too much.

  • Apples! Cut an apple into wedges, then toss with 1 tablespoon of sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. OR for a warm treat: peel and cut apple into bite sized pieces add a bit of butter, cinnamon & sugar and heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Tastes like the filling of an apple pie! YUM!

  • Tortilla roll-ups. Spread a tortilla with jam and peanut butter, then roll up into a log and cut into 1” pieces. Not PB&J lovers? Try a thin layer of turkey, cheese & ranch dressing.

  • Quesadillas. Take one flour tortilla, grate about ¼ cup of cheese onto it. Top with another tortilla and heat in the microwave for 1 min. or until the cheese is melted. Cut into 6 wedges and serve.

  • Peanut Butter! Dip pretzels, apples or fill celery sticks with a bit of peanut butter for the perfect snack! All of these are filling, full of protein and crunchy – the crunch is what most of us look for in a good snack.

  • Smoothies. Blend ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of yogurt with 1 cups of fruit or berries. For a dairy free option, use soy milk or orange juice.

What are some of your favorite after school (or, ahem, after work) simple and easy snack recipes?

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carrie myers jaynes said...

Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser recommends a similar apple snack. She says core, peel & slice an apple and place it in a bowl with a bit of water. Microwave for 3 minutes and sprinkle with cinnamon. Only 60 calories. YAY!

Personally, I add a tiny bit of sugar or a half packet of Splenda, but I've got an insane sweet tooth!

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