After school Snacks - Julie Green and Keen

After school Snacks

With summer vacation in sight and countless activities to drive the kids around to, it seems that the kids are even hungrier when they get home from school.  The moment Hannah and Liam run through the door, they head straight to the kitchen for a snack.  I always try to have something healthy and filling enough to bridge the gap until dinner.

Finding after school snacks that are “Hannah and Liam approved” can be a little difficult though.  I try mixing it up each day from snacks that sweet and ones that are savory.  I know how important it is to refuel my kid’s minds after a long day at school; so I have to make a list of a few after school snacks that are always welcomed. 

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips (this recipe makes plenty for leftovers :))

 
Ingredients-

•    2 kiwis- peeled and diced
•    2 golden delicious apples- peeled, cored and diced
•    8 ounces raspberries
•    1 pound strawberries
•    2 tbsp. white sugar
•    1 tbsp. brown sugar
•    3 tbsp. fruit preserves- any flavor
•    10 flour tortillas
•    Butter cooking spray
•    2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar

Instructions-
•    In a large bowl mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar, and fruit preserves.  Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
•    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
•    Coat one side of each tortilla with butter cooking spray.  Cut into wedges and spread on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the wedges and spray again with cooking spray.  Bake for 8-10 minutes and allow to cool. 
•    Use tortilla wedges to dip into fruit salsa and enjoy!


Stuffed Celery-




Ingredients-
•    1 bunch of celery
•    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
•    ¼ cup chopped walnuts
•    20 small green olives (chopped)
•    2 tablespoons of sour cream

Instructions-
•    Cut the washed celery stalk into bite sized pieces.
•    Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, walnuts, and chopped olives together.  Spread the filling on to the celery pieces. (If you don’t want to use celery, the kids also like to put it on crackers)
•    Enjoy!

Pizza Pockets-





Ingredients-
•    1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
•    4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
•    ½ cup parmesan cheese
•    Other toppings your kids like, mushrooms, olives, ect.

Instructions-
•    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
•    Unroll crescents and top each piece of dough with shredded cheese and the toppings you like, and sprinkle a little more cheese on.  Roll into a crescent shaped.
•    Place pizza pockets on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

For those hot summery days, Watermelon Strawberry Pops-



Ingredients-
•    1lbs. seedless watermelon
•    ¼ lbs. halved hulled strawberries
•    ¼ cup sugar
•    1 ½  tbsp. fresh lime juice

Instructions-
•    Puree watermelon and strawberries in a blender and place in a large bowl.  Add sugar and lime juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved
•    Pour mixture into 5 3ounce ice pop molds and add sticks.  Freeze pops until solid and Enjoy!

A healthy and filling after school snack holds my kids off until dinner and automatically puts them in a good mood when they come home. :) I love finding new ideas for snacking that the kids love.  Happy snacking!

Go Green and Stay Keen,

Julie

26 comments:

  1. How funny - I posted about after school snack on my site today, too! You have some great ideas here.

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  2. Tjhat Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips looks really good. My son might eat that. I might try it!

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  3. I'll be making those pizza pockets for sure! My kids love them, and I'll bet these ones taste much better than the store-bought ones!

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  4. These are all great snacks. My daughter would love the pizza pockets most!

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  5. Those cinnamon chips look delish!

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  6. My boys would devour those pizza pockets! I want that fruit salsa for myself lol

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  7. I can't decide which idea I like the most because they're all so good! I may start with those pizza pockets though!

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  8. I would love to have healthy pizza pockets. I don't like the super greasy or fried ones, no matter how good they look.

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  9. Great recipes - thanks! That fruit salsa looks really good, I bet it goes well with the cinnamon chips!!

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  10. Great snack ideas! Stuffed Celery sounds really good!

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    1. Yes, my kids love celery ever since they were babies!

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  11. yumm! Those are great snacks for even me! Loved the stuffed celery! thanks for the tips!

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    1. Here are some after school snacks for the whole family :) You're welcome! :)

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  12. Pizza pockets are good, and those look delicious. I'd like to make them here too.

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  13. Your ideas are really wonderful. Watermelon Strawberry pops looks very different and delicious. My kids would really love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I stopped my tracks at the fruit salsa... That looks and sounds divine. I must try some at home. Yum!

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  15. I really like making homemade popsicles, and the thought never crossed my mind to use watermelon. That sounds incredibly refreshing. I generally use cantaloupe and cream when making mine, and a cherry berry blend. The pizza pockets look really tasty and easy to make.

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  16. My children love making Popsicle! These food look so yummy! I followed you on twitter and Facebook.

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  17. Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Hannie :D

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  18. Great suggestion for summer desserts and snacks. I'm enticed to do the pizza pockets here at home.

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  19. I'm always looking for good ideas for after school snacks. I hate to say "Just grab a granola bar". I think I'll try out the fruit salsa today for the kiddos! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I loved every single one of your after school snacks. Simple, easy make.

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  21. I visited your blog and liked it. Great food. Love what your doing.

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