When kids get home from school, sometimes all they can think about is candy, cake and cookies. There are so many fun and healthier options for after school snacks. You can make cooking easy and fun! Here are some ideas that will be fun for children to make, and eat!
Ants on a Log
- Peanut Butter (or light cream cheese if students have nut allergies)
- Celery, cut into sticks
Step 1 – Give each child a plate. On each plate give children a plastic spoon full of peanut butter or cream cheese, a small portion of raisins and two celery sticks
Step 2 – Let them spread the peanut butter or cream cheese on the celery sticks
Step 3 – Have them place as many or as little raisins on the spread.
Step 4 – Read a fun story about food like We Eat Food That’s Fresh by Angela Rush-Ayon or Super Sprouts by Laura Concannon.
Tiny Tortilla Pizzas
- Small corn tortilla chips
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Step 1 – Mound some salsa and cheese onto each tortilla.
Step 2 – Cook on foil-lined tray in toaster oven until cheese has melted or is brown at the edges.
Step 3 – Add a layer of refried beans under the salsa or cilantro for garnish.
Step 4 – Eat!
- 1 rice cake
- Peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sunflower seeds or sesame seeds
- 6 baby carrots, sliced lengthwise
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 orange slice, halved
Step 1 – Spread the peanut butter on the rice cake.
Step 2 – Sprinkle the sunflower or sesame seeds on top of the peanut butter.
Step 3 – Place the carrot slices around the edge of the rice cake like petals on a flower.
Step 4 – Use the celery stalk as the flower stem and the orange slices as the leaves.
- Cream cheese
- 2 slices of cold cuts
- 1 whole wheat wrap
- Butter knife
Step 1 – Place the wrap on a plate
Step 2 – Spread cream cheese on the wrap
Step 3 – Add the cold cuts to the wrap
Step 4 – Roll the stuffed wrap into a tight roll.
Step 5 – Cut the roll into 8-10 pieces (each piece should be about 2 inches wide).
Step 6 – You can even try using chopsticks to practice eating your “sushi”!
Try these easy recipes for yourself or create your own! Kids can be creative, so don’t be afraid to let them think of their own ways to cook and eat!
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