EF Family Cookbook: Healthy & Easy After School Snacks

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To continue our series about treasured family recipes, our Everlasting Footprint Family Cookbook, Kimberly Knowles shares some of her favorite healthy after school snacks from her childhood that she now makes with her own daughter.

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After school snacks do not have to consist of pre-packaged sugary concoctions. Nor do they have to be boring. Get your kids involved by having them help in the kitchen,  preparing snacks from these easy recipes.

Below are three healthy recipes for the kids. Bonus points go to these snacks for being super easy and kid friendly!

Easy Recipe #1: Frozen Juice Pops

Mango blueberry popsicles

Mango blueberry homemade popsicles
(Photo by Meal Makeover Moms)

In terms of preparation there is no easier recipe. With just one (maybe two) ingredients, there isn’t even any stirring required.

Ingredient:
Fruit juice

Supplies:
Popsicle molds

Instructions:
Simply pour your favorite fruit juice into the Popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer and enjoy when frozen solid. There is no need to add any water or ice.

You can get creative with this easy recipe by mixing some of your favorite flavors. Our family household favorite is pineapple and coconut.

Popsicle molds are sold as inexpensively as a few dollars at many grocery stores. If you don’t have popsicle molds? Try using ice cube trays. You can crush the frozen cubes and serve them in a cup for a yummy icy treat.

For another refreshing, simple frozen-fruit treat, check out our family recipes for an orange frosty or orange soda.

Easy Recipe #2: Cinnamon Apples

This was one of my favorite after school snacks growing up. I learned this one in my middle school “home living” class. I’m pretty sure this was one of the first recipes that I was able to master, and now I love teaching my little girl to master it too!

Ingredients:

Apple
Cinnamon
Brown sugar
Granulated sugar

Instructions:
Core the apple. Sprinkle a pinch each of the cinnamon, brown sugar, and granulated sugar inside of the apple. Place the apple in the microwave for one to two minutes.

Note: The longer you microwave the apple, the softer it will become.

 

Easy Recipe #3: English Muffin Pizza

English muffin mini pizzas

English muffin mini-pizzas can be topped however you want.
Photo by Eric Molina

This recipe is great for older kids who may require a little more substance for their snacks. This is a easy recipe to get the kiddos involved, and teach them about nutrition at the same time.

You can make the base of each pizza with sauce and cheese and let the kids add the toppings you have provided. Try different sauces (what about barbecue sauce? or deli mustard?) and types of cheese accommodate other family recipes or try something totally new!

(Traditional) Ingredients:

English muffins (sliced in half and slightly toasted)
Vegetable or Olive oil
Tomato sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Pizza toppings of your choice, we suggest any of the following:

Tomato
Broccoli
Zucchini
Pineapple
Spinach
Deli meat

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is warming up, lightly toast the English muffins. This will help make the finished pizzas crunchy rather than soggy.

Place the toasted English muffins on a baking sheet and drizzle a small amount of vegetable or olive oil onto each English muffin. Now pour on the desired amount of tomato sauce (or other) onto each English muffin. Sprinkle with cheese and your choice of toppings.

You can substitute the English muffins with bagels or French or Italian bread. If the kiddos aren’t big vegetable fans, use a tomato sauce with vegetables cooked into it to sneak some veggies into their snacks.

This recipe is a great way to use up leftovers. Turn them into pizza toppings! Have the kids help find and create unique pizza combinations as healthy after school snacks they love. You’ll create new memories in the kitchen with them over and over.

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About Kimberly Knowles

Kimberly Knowles has a BS in Communication and post graduate education in event management, editing, and publishing. She enjoys writing, reading, and scrapbooking, believing that preserving photos and mementos is a great way to share memories. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

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