Self-Serve After-school Snacks

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Kids are normally ravenous when they come off the bus and running through the door in the afternoon. Satisfying their appetites without serving junk and spoiling dinner can be a challenge. But you don't have to get fancy or expensive when it comes to unique, tasty and healthful noshes.

Sometimes the simplest snacks will satisfy. Keep a bowl of washed fruit out in the kitchen for the kids to grab a piece of "nature's candy." Try freezing grapes when it's hot to offer a cool treat. Supplement with some baked chips, pretzels or a 100-calorie pack of their favorite snacks and a glass of milk or water, and you've got a quick, easy bite that will last them until dinner. Keep cut-up, crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and peppers in a container filled with water and refrigerate for a quick snack or lunchbox addition.