3 Healthy After School Snacks Easy as ABC

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When the kiddos get home from school, greet them with a healthy, nutritious snack that is quick and easy; perfect for hungry tummies after a long day of learning! Thankfully, my kids really like munching on fruits and vegetables more than grabbing a handful of chips or cookies. These recipes have been tested time and time again and have even been made as a special lunch over the years.

 I’m going to share three of our favorite after-school snacks that are as easy as ABC.

 

Apple Cheddar Muffins:

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Fall is apple season and I love that we can take part in buying fresh local produce to support our farmers and have a healthy snack always at hand. When faced with a 3-4 hour break between walking through the door and sitting down to dinner, a hearty snack is great to fill a hungry belly just enough to get through homework without a hunger-induced melt-down. This recipe for Apple Cheddar Muffins is the perfect way to do all the above!

1 fresh apple, sliced

1 English muffin,  split

2 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese (or 2-3 slices)

Slice apple in ½-inch slices and place on top of split half muffin.

Top with cheese.

Repeat with remaining split muffin half.

Place in toaster oven or 350 degree preheated oven. Toast or bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

{ MORE: Start your day with Apple Puffed Pancakes! }

 

Banana Peanut Butter Wraps

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I have been making these since my kids were really little. I’ve packed them for snacks, road trips, picnics, sporting events, & school lunches. When competing in speedskating meets, this was my go-to food, packed with potassium from the bananas and protein from peanut butter, it had all the nutrition needed and it was portable! Perfect! Don’t have tortillas? Not a problem – it makes a great sandwich on plain bread too! One tip I will share – if making this as a lunch, be sure to wrap tightly in plastic wrap AND place in a Ziploc sandwich baggie. Trust me. A brown paper bag does not go well with oozing honey!

1 flour tortilla, medium soft taco size is ideal

1 medium banana

2 tbsp. peanut butter

1-2 tsp. honey

Spread tortilla with peanut butter, leaving ¼ inch edge. It will look like a little pizza

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Slice banana in thin rounds, about the thickness of a coin (this will make it easier to roll) and place on top of peanut butter in spiral pattern until you reach center.

Drizzle honey over top of banana.

Fold left and right side of tortilla –about an inch toward the center. Starting with the bottom end, tightly roll toward the top, tucking folded ends as you roll.

Cut in half. Serve as is or wrap in plastic wrap.

 

Cracker Pizzas

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My family LOVES pizza – we could eat it every day if given the opportunity. Pizza is so versatile, you can let your imagination run completely wild with toppings: sauce or no sauce, veggies, fruit, meats, you name it. To make a pizza every day would be too time consuming so we came up with a way to have the great flavors of our favorite food but in miniature snack version! The best part – the kids can make these all by themselves and customize each bite to their liking. We like a slice of pepperoni on some, fresh basil on others – but again – let your taste bud imagination fly!

4-5 Triscuit crackers – your favorite flavor (I used cracked pepper)

1 tbsp. prepared sauce

1 tbsp. shredded mozzarella

Pepperoni, basil, olives, peppers, ham, pineapple, etc.- whatever you want to use as topping

Spread a smear of sauce on top of each cracker. Top with a pinch of shredded cheese. Place topping of your choice on cracker. Add another pinch of cheese.

Place crackers in toaster oven or microwave and cook until cheese melts, about 1-2 minutes in toaster oven, 30 seconds in microwave.

{ MORE: A great recipe for a Fruit Tart Pizza! }

What are some of your favorite Back to School Snacks?

 

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3 Healthy After School Snacks Easy as ABC

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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  1. I made the apple cheddar muffins as a pre-dinner snack this evening and they were a huge hit! Thanks for sharing such an deliciously unique recipe!

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