–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–Snacking after school can spell disaster for a kid’s nutritional needs, especially when his or her school lunch was uneaten or traded away to other students for unhealthy foods. Faced with the temptations of sweets and packaged snacks after school, kids may be missing out on nutrients and adding lots of empty calories.
Parents can turn the tables to make after-school snacking a good time to supplement children’s diets with nutritious and delicious snacks. The key is to keep it simple and plan ahead for those inevitable afternoon lows.
Finger foods are always hits with kids, and snacks lend themselves to casual eating. Get your kids involved in smart snacking by involving them in the process of creating healthy snacks. A snack mix they help stir up the night before and pour in paper bags they decorate themselves is fun.
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 wand, spread the top half of a large pretzel rod or bread stick with peanut butter, then roll in Zante currants or raisins. Top 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 http://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 and mix well. Shape into a log and slice treats.
— Store in an 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 the first three ingredients. Seal the bag and gently rotate mix together. Pour in cereal or popcorn and marshmallows. Makes 5 cups, 8 to 10 servings.
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