Filling and Fabulous After School Snacks

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  • cut up veggies like celery, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, or some of your child's favorite raw veggies
  • cut up or small fruits like grapes, raisins, apple or orange slices, strawberries, bananas, or your child's favorite fruits
  • a handful of popcorn, pita chips, small pita triangles, or pretzels
  • light toppings like a 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a few spoonfuls of hummus, or a few small squares of low-fat cheese

Just combine these fun textual ingredients on a plate and let your child find their favorite new flavor combinations.

Elvis' Favorite

Peanut butter and banana sandwich, the King's all-time favorite snack at any hour. Try to explain to your kids who Elvis was. When their eyes start to glaze over just feed them this tasty treat. You'll have them singing "I Can't Stop Loving You" in no time.

What you'll need:

  • Whole grain bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Bananas
  • Butter

Slice the banana into rounds. Butter the outside of the bread with the butter, as you would for a grilled cheese sandwich. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter per slice of bread on the other side. Top with the banana slices. Drizzle some honey on top. (This wasn't part of Elvis' recipe but it tastes extra good!) In a skillet, cook at medium heat until golden brown, flipping once. Serve and enjoy.

Granola Peanut Butter Balls

(Adapted from Gale Gand and Nancy Russman, from the Food Network website)

Prep time: 10 min | Easy | Yield: 16 balls