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After-School Snacks

Contributed by: NAPSA

Add Nutrition to Kids' Diets

(NAPSA) - Because children's lunches may go uneaten or may be traded away, many parents use delicious, high-energy afternoon snacks to supplement their children's diets.

After-School Snacks
The key is to keep it simple and plan ahead for those inevitable afternoon lows.

Finger foods are always a hit with kids and snacks lend themselves to casual eating. A snack mix the kids help stir up the night before and pour in paper bags they decorate themselves is a fun way to get them involved in smart snacking.

Make-ahead foods that are ready when the kids arrive home are easy on parents, too. Try spreading a tortilla with cream cheese, cinnamon and raisins, roll up and cut into bite-sized rolls. Present the spirals in paper cupcake holders to add the element of fun.

To make an edible "wizard's wand" spread the top half of a large pretzel rod or bread stick with peanut butter, then roll in zante currants or raisins. Fill graham crackers with peanut butter and dried apples for a cracker sandwich, or thread fruit and cheese onto kabob skewers.

Here are two simple snacks that can be made ahead and are real kid pleasers. For more ideas check out www.sunmaid.com.

Honey Bee Treats

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins

Blend all ingredients, mix well. Shape into a log and slice treats.

Store in airtight container.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Mix

  • 1/2 cup candy coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins, or Golden Raisins
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup oat cereal rounds or low-fat popcorn
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

In large self-sealing plastic bag, place first three ingredients. Seal bag and gently rotate mix together. Pour in cereal or popcorn and marshmallows.

Makes 5 cups, 8 - 10 Servings


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