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Healthy After School Snacks

It’s that time of the year again. Our much-loved kiddos are headed back to school, and boy will they be hungry after school is out for the day! Make sure your children eat healthy snacks that will provide the needed fuel in order to get that dreaded homework completed! Here is a great list of quick, healthy treats that you can make ahead of time for those hungry kids that will be ready to gobble up anything in their path after school!

Triscuit Pizzas: Did you know that these delicious crackers are now made with brown rice in alternative flavors? My personal favorite is cracked sea salt and black pepper. Choose which ever flavor your child loves. Place 8 Triscuit crackers on a microwave safe plate. Top crackers with a pinch of shredded fresh mozzarella cheese, some shredded chicken, grated veggies, or olives. Cover plate with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. When your child gets home from school, all they will need to do is remove plastic, microwave plate of crackers on high for about 30 to 45 seconds, and they’re done! Add a piece of fruit and a refreshing glass of ice cold water to this treat, and you have a full snack of nutrients!

Banana Roll-ups: I like to make these 3 to 4 at a time! You’ll need whole wheat flour tortillas, all natural nut butter ( I use natural peanut butter, the 3 grams of sugar kind, found at my local farmers market store), and bananas! It’s simple: Lay your tortillas on a flat surface. Spread 2 tablespoons of natural nut butter on the entire tortilla. Peel bananas and place to the far side of tortilla. Roll the banana up in the tortilla. Wallah! Now, repeat this for as many Banana Roll-up snacks as you’d like to prepare in advance. Wrap them each individually in plastic wrap and store in fridge for a quick on-the-go healthy breakfast or snack for your kiddos. They will thank you for it, and you can have piece-of-mind knowing that they are not filling their precious bellies with junk food!

Fruit Kabob Snacks: This is quite simple… Chop your kids’ favorite fruits, a variety of 3 or 4 different types, into large chunks. Dice a few cubes of cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, or jack cheese. Layer these cubes onto shish-kabob skewers and store in an air tight container. A powerful and healthy Snack at their fingertips! I also like to mix a cup of Greek unflavored yogurt with a teaspoon of good vanilla, and a squeeze of lemon, a teaspoon of grated lemon zest, and a tablespoon of honey to it and stir until combined. This makes a great, unrefined, healthy dipping “sauce” for the fruit kabobs!

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