It’s that time of year again! School is in session and the kids are back to their usual schedule of hopping off the bus and immediately raiding the kitchen for anything edible. But let’s be honest here, I bet they’re not the only ones feeling that midday hunger—with lunch long behind you and hours to go until dinner is ready, we all need a three o’clock snack sometimes.
Here are some quick and easy after-school snack ideas that you can make with your kids to beat that midday hunger. In the spirit of keeping things simple, I’ve also thought of a few beverage ideas that you can make with your Keurig® brewer to wash down these tasty snacks.
Who doesn’t like a good bug? Make “nut butterflies” with apples, carrots, and your favorite nut-butter. Sandwich thin apple slices together with nut butter and then arrange four sandwiches around a carrot stick to make a butterfly, or challenge your kids to see what else they can make. Pair your nut butterflies with a warm cup of Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider to make a sweet and satisfying snack.
Parfaits are a healthy, no-fuss option that your kids can make all by themselves. Simply layer into a tall glass ¼ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt followed by 2 tablespoons of granola, ¼ cup mixed fresh berries and a drizzle of honey. While they are making parfaits, brew a few cups of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa to complete a snack that will rival any dessert.
Never reach for a frozen box of pizza snacks again! You can make your own bagel pizzas in a matter of minutes and your kids will love that they get to choose their own toppings. Simply spread pizza sauce or last night’s pasta sauce on bagel halves and sprinkle on a layer with mozzarella cheese and any additional toppings you might have hiding in the fridge. Place your pizzas into the toaster oven set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes or until the bagels are golden brown. Enjoy your personal bagel pizza with a glass of ice cold Green Mountain Naturals® Lemonade.
Now brew yourself a relaxing cup of Celestial Seasonings® Green Tea and sit back and relax! Keep snack time simple so you can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen. Good luck in the new school year!