School’s only been back in for a few weeks, but are you already kinda feeling like you’re in a rut when it comes to the all-important after-school snack?
Do your kids come home ravenous? (Just what are they doing at school that makes them soooo hungry??)
We can’t speak for everyone, but our experience has been that the success of homework and after-school activities strongly depends on if our kiddos get a snack. More importantly, it depends on what that snack is.
Sure – the pantry could be filled with those “convenience” foods. But when your kids crash from too much sugar or overly processed carbs, is that really convenient? We don’t think so, either.
So you might be thinking, “Hmmm, what would a good snack be??” We’re not going to let you down! We love our THKers too much!
We’ve got Ants on a Log … Version 2.0! It’s improved. It’s better than ever. It’s much more scrumptious than the ol’ celery with peanut butter and raisins. Not that there’s anything wrong with the classic – we’ve just jazzed it up a bit!
Our most favorite part … you can use what you’ve got on hand! (But get creative!)
No, the peanut butter doesn’t always have to go on celery. Try it with carrots. (Really! Shelley loves pb with carrots and dried cranberries!) How about peaches with cream cheese and a sprinkling of blueberries and almonds? (Gretchen’s favorite! Try it – it’s awesome!) Fill up that celery trench with cottage cheese and roasted sunflower seeds! Or slather bananas with peanut butter and press in some coconut and a few mini chocolate chips – seriously, so good!
Maybe you’ve got leftovers from making some No-Bake Fruit Pizzas or cute and easy Fruit Skewers (hint hint – two more awesome after-school snack ideas!). Or maybe you filled up your basket at the store with all of the best in-season fruits and veggies.
Makes no difference – just mix it up! Our kids had a total blast inventing all kinds of fun combinations – but they had WAY more fun eating after our photo shoot was done! In fact, our little helpers really filled up on sweet fruits, crunchy vegetables, and loads of protein from nuts, seeds, cottage cheese, peanut butter, cream cheese and our favorite Greek yogurt Fruit Dip.
We didn’t hear, “Can we have a snack?” or “I’m hungry!” for hours. Hours, people.
These aren’t just perfect for after school. This would make a fun activity and snack for a preschool play group. Or a do-it-yourself appetizer spread for a family dinner or even a casual party. We love options …
And we love super-healthy ideas that keep ’em full and satisfied!
We’d Love to Hear From You!
Ok – fess up – what was your favorite after-school snack when you were a kid? Not healthy? That’s ok! Tell us anyway … maybe we can even make it over!
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- Peaches or nectarines
- Cream cheese
- Peanut butter
- Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip
- Almond slivers or slices
- Chia seeds
- Flax meal
- Roasted sunflower seeds
- Dried, chopped dates
- Dried cranberries
- Dried pineapple
- Mini chocolate chips
- Choose any of the fresh fruits and vegetables you'd like. Rinse the fresh fruits and veggies and then cut them into "log" shapes and lengths.
- Slather your fruit and veggie "logs" with spreads of your choice.
- Sprinkle desired toppings onto your "logs," pressing them into the spreads, if needed, to help them stick.