Afterschool Snacks to Make Your Kids Smile

Every parent has a stash of crackers and pretzels or big bowl of fruit somewhere in their kitchen, ready and waiting for little hands and grumbling bellies. But after a long day of tests or during a afterschool play date, your kids deserve better than a boring bag of chips. Try these yummy pick-me-ups instead.

PB&J Fries

4 slices bread
Peanut Butter or substitute another spread
1 tsp. butter
Powdered sugar (optional)

1. Make a sandwich and then cut off the crusts. Don’t overfill.
2. Flatten out with rolling pin and then cut into strips.
3. Melt a teaspoon in pan over medium heat.
4. Add your strips and fry up and both sides.
5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
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Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps

Apple slices
Deli ham (you can use turkey or other deli meat of your choice)
Cheddar cheese, thickly sliced and cut into triangles

1. Arrange a piece of cheddar cheese on one apple wedge.
2. Wrap ham around the middle of the apple and cheese.
3. To keep the apples from browning, brush the slices with lemon juice after coring and slicing.
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Fresh Orange Smoothie

4 fresh oranges, peeled
2 cups ice
1/3 cup milk (your preference – regular, soy, coconut, etc.)
1-2 tablespoons honey (or agave or your desired sweetener), if needed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add more ice if you like. Makes 4-5 cups.
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Banana and Nutella Sushi

2 Soft taco flour tortillas
2 Bananas
4 tablespoon Nutella

1. Microwave tortillas on paper towel for 10 seconds to soften
2. Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons Nutella
3. Peel banana and place the banana on top of your Nutella coating
4. Roll tortillas tightly around the banana
5. Slice into half inch pieces like sushi
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Strawberry Granola Yogurt Bark

24 oz container of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons of honey
1 cup of strawberries, sliced
1 cup of granola

1. In a small bowl (or even in the yogurt container), mix together honey and yogurt.
2. Spread the mixture into the bottom of a 9″x13″ pan that has been covered in aluminum foil.
3. Sprinkle the strawberries and the granola over the top of the yogurt, slightly pressing it into the yogurt with your hands.
4. Freeze for about an hour, or until completely frozen.
5. Remove from freezer, and cut into about 12 slices (you might want to use a pizza cutter). Serve immediately, or keep in freezer in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 30 days.
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