The school bus pulls up, the door flies open, and in storm my kids practically SCREAMING for a snack. Woah Nelly! What happens at school that seems to completely and utterly drain them of all energy and reason by 4:15 p.m.?
The last few weeks have been somewhat of a challenge making sure I have something hearty for them the moment they get home. It used to be that I could just give them a little cup of cheese crackers or pretzels to tide them over but lately I’ve noticed that:
A. That’s not exactly the healthiest of options
B. It barely slows them down and they beg for snacks continually until dinner is served.
So I’ve tried a new approach with more complex combinations that will tide them over AND sneak in a little more nutrition. Here during the fall, apples are exactly the right staple to be incorporating for these tiny meals.
5 things to do with apples for after school snacks
1. Apples with pretzels and peanut butter dip:
This nibble plate offers a bit of this, a bit of that. My kids mix and match their bites and get some of each item in. I noticed immediately that they eat a LOT more of the apples when I cut them thinly and offer them alongside the dip than they would if I just handed them the apple itself. Be sure to check out the recipe for the dip at the bottom of the post.
Side Note: Featured here, I garnished it with mommy’s favorite honey sriracha roasted peanuts. If you can find them (or make them) they are AWESOME with the sweet dip.
2. Apples with a wedge of Laughing Cow swiss cheese:
Have you tried this combo yet? It has been a LONG time favorite of mine personally. The kids are still warming to the idea of the cheese, but when you pair it with a pink lady in particular this is pure heaven. Bonus that it is super light and protein packed.
3. Apples with caramel and popcorn:
In a twist on caramel corn, serve the apple wedges and popcorn alongside a small cup of homemade caramel dip. The homemade version is so much better than store bought and a very little goes a long way.
4. Trail mix made from homemade dried apple chips:
Homemade apple chips are so easy to make and they are delicious! They make the whole house smell like apple pie. Mix and match a homemade trail mix with them and your child’s favorite nuts and Chex cereal. Get the instructions on the chips here.
Better than a cookie, check out this apple pie monkey bread from my friend Zina over at Let’s Lasso the Moon. Made with apples and a simple refrigerator biscuit, my kids would love walking into the house with the smell of these lingering in the air!
For more great after school snack ideas, be sure to check out 30 Days of After School Snacks here.
And be sure to check out these adorable apple themed toys from Melissa & Doug. I’m in love with that sequencing puzzle set!:
- 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 8 oz marshmallow fluff
- 8 oz non-fat cream cheese
- Let the cream cheese come to room temperature. Then in a large mixing bowl, beat the three ingredients together with a hand mixer until well blended.
- Garnish with honey roasted peanuts (optional) and serve alongside apples & pretzels.
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