Back to school means time for after-school snack attacks

RANSON – Today’s the start of a new school year, and that means it’s again time for after-school snacks.

If you live with a child, you know that it is extremely important to offer a snack when your child finishes his or her school day. 

The perfect after-school snack is something that your kids love, that is easy to prepare and that’s nutritious. Here are some wonderful ideas that will satisfy your hungry young scholar.

For cheese cake crackers, you’ll need the following ingredients: softened light cream cheese, graham crackers (or other favorite cracker) and fresh fruit such as blueberries or sliced banana, kiwi or strawberries.

Putting together this treat is easy: Just spread a layer of cream cheese on your cracker, then top with slices of fruit.

Another easy, after-school snack that I love is peanut butter yogurt dip with apples.

To make it, combine a cup of light vanilla yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of your favorite peanut butter. (I prefer to use crunchy peanut butter in this concoction.) You can even add a bit of maple syrup or honey, if you’d like. Next, slice up a crisp apple such as a Macintosh or Gala and start dipping. This snack is delicious, sweet and filling.

Two other recipes that use peanut butter or apples: Whole-wheat pretzel twists taste great with some peanut butter spread on the top inch or two and then rolled in raisins or other dried fruit or in chopped peanuts. 

Or cut up an apple and spread with peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella. Next, sprinkle on some Kashi-brand Go Lean! Crunch cereal or the granola you like best.

For students, the school day means working hard in the classroom and spending the whole day listening to teachers, the principal and others in charge. I’m always hungry when I get home and it means a lot to find a wonderful snack that’s been prepared just for me. It always makes me feel like my hard work at school is appreciated. 

—  Claire Ford is a student at Ranson Elementary School. She loves cooking, baking, reading, photography and art.

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