Healthy Afterschool Snacks
Soon the kids will be racing in the front door famished after a long day at school. These healthy snacks will help tame their hunger and put a little fun into their afternoon.
A fun twist on grapes and cheese! Putting their clay modeling skills to the test, the kids will enjoy making these tasty treats.
• 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
• 2 dozen seedless grapes, any variety, washed and patted dry
• 1 cup chopped nuts, almonds, peanuts, etc.
Flatten a 1 tablespoon portion of cream cheese in the palm of your hand. Place a grape over the cream cheese; roll to cover grape with cream cheese. Roll in chopped nuts and serve.
Math Facts GORP!
This “non-recipe” recipe will get the kids back into the swing of school by practicing their math facts. Then, they get to eat the tasty results.
1 sandwich size zip top bag per child
1 set of math facts flash cards (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division)
Any of the following:
• Dry roasted peanuts
• Popped popcorn
• Corn nuts
• Dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, apples, etc.
• Sunflower seeds
• Chocolate chips
• Banana chips
• Cereal O’s or squares
Place all food items in individual bowls on work surface. Each child draws a flash card and gives the answer by counting the corresponding number of food items they want to add to their zip top bag. If they get the answer correct, they add the food into their bag, if not, it goes back into the bowl. Play as long as the kids are engaged.
Cook’s Note: Preschoolers can play, too. Adjust the game by counting out the number of each item they are to put into their bag and display the amount next to the bowl. Then, they just match the amount and place in their bag.
We love cheesecake, but hardly ever make it because of the time involved. This simple and delicious recipe curbs that cheesecake craving in no time!
• 1 (8 ounce) container low fat cream cheese, softened
• 1 (8 ounce) container low fat strawberry yogurt
• 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
• several graham cracker rectangles or fun shaped cookies for dipping
Beat the cream cheese until fluffy; mix in yogurt and strawberries. Place in a serving bowl. Arrange graham crackers around bowl and enjoy!
Cook’s Note: This recipe begs for experimentation. Try a tropical twist by using vanilla yogurt and mixing in pineapple chunks and coconut; dip with gingersnaps.
Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann Anderson is also a freelance writer, enjoys public speaking, writing cookbooks and sharing her love of food with those around her.