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Fun After School Snacks

My grandchildren come over after school. Do you have any ideas for fun snacks they might like?
Fun After School Snacks

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You can tempt their taste buds (and yours) with these creative (and nutritious!) snack ideas:

  • Fruity peanut butterfly: Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter or Sunbutter. Decorate with raisins or dried cranberries.
  • Personalized mini pizzas: Use whole-wheat English muffins as the crust. Top with pizza sauce and shredded cheese. Add chopped veggies, then heat in the microwave oven or oven until the cheese melts.
  • Bugs on a log: Use celery, cucumber spears or carrot sticks as the log. Add peanut butter or Sunbutter, then top with dried fruit.
  • Smoothie creations: Blend fat-free or low-fat yogurt or milk with fruit pieces and crushed ice. Use fresh, frozen and/or canned* fruits. Try bananas, berries, peaches and/or pineapple. If you use frozen fruit, you won’t need to add ice. Choose fruits canned in juice or light syrup instead of heavy syrup, which is higher in sugar.
  • Make homemade fruit leather in your oven. See “Making Fruit Leathers” available from the NDSU Extension Service at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn1586.pdf.
  • Find more ideas at www.choosemyplate.gov.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise September 2013 newsletter (PDF)

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