There's nothing quite like an afternoon snack. For adults it's kind of a guilty pleasure, a way to break up the workday. For kids, it's an important boost when energy levels are flagging. Young ones need something in their bellies to tide them over until dinner and older kids and teenagers often need extra energy after school for sports practice and other activities. This Recipe Revue is all about nutritious, yummy, after-school snacks. Some can be popped in the lunch box, others need to be eaten at home, and most can be made with help from little hands.
Snacks to Pack
Moms, fire up the oven. We've got four snacks to pack that will please even the pickiest palate. And you'll be pleased too, because these baked goods are low in fat and sugar and high in good-for-you ingredients like fruit. The recipes are simple enough to make with your kids.
Our Monkey Bars are practically a meal. Vitamin C and potassium-rich bananas are teamed with oats and currants and flavored with a hint of cinnamon. Or try our hearty Applesauce Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies. These chewy cookies are loaded with oats, which are high vitamin B-1 and also a good source of vitamin B -2 and vitamin E. Oats also have soluble fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol levels.
Your kids will flip over our Walnut-Raisin Somersaults. These rolls have a secret ingredientcottage cheese. It makes them extra moist and healthy, but all your kids will taste are fruit, nuts and a dab of raspberry jam.
Our Carrot Pineapple Sweet Bread is a new twist on an old favoritecarrot cake. Young and old alike love this rich bread. A slice of this straddles the line between a dessert and a snack.
Home Smoothie Bar
Open a smoothie bar at home with FoodFit's help. Our Banana Fruit Smoothie is so easy to make and so scrumptious to drink. Just combine orange juice, bananas and plain, low fat yogurt in a blender. Fresh strawberries make a great addition.
Our Mixed Berry Smoothie is another winner. It's made with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Youngsters love the color and the flavor of this smoothie.
Kids love dunking carrot sticks into Hummus. This creamy, tangy, Middle Eastern dish is novel and nutritious. Veggie City Dip is another fun snack to have waiting when the children come home from school. It 's a mild, tomato-based dip that's chock-full of vegetables like red peppers, celery and zucchini. Get the little ones involved in making Guacamole for Kids. With just a handful of ingredients, this flavorful dip is a breeze to make and pairs well with vegetables as well as tortillas.
When there's no time for a sit-down snack, washed fruits and vegetables make the perfect fast food. Have nibbles like washed carrots, celery sticks or peas ready to go in the refrigerator. Keep a bowl of washed fruit on the table for easy snacking. It can be added to the lunch box or gobbled on the way to sports practice, music lessons and other activities.
Granola is another good food to eat on the run. Our Great Granola lives up to its name. It's delectable and it's a lot less fatty than most store-bought kinds. Youngsters can munch it by the handful or sprinkle it over yogurt.
Applesauce Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Carrot Pineapple Sweetbread
Banana Fruit Smoothie
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Veggie City Dip
Guacamole for Kids
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Border Grill, Santa Monica, CA