RECIPE: After school snacks

(WXYZ) - BACK TO SCHOOL—SATISFYING AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS

Children get about 25% of their daily calories from snacks, so plan to have a satisfying snack that is also nutritious. Include at least 2 main food groups in snacks – ideally a protein source like diary, meats or peanut butter and a carbohydrate for energy such as grains, fruit or vegetables.

Portion control is important when planning snacks to avoid over-indulging. Pre-portion snacks in individual containers and snack-size zip-lock bogs.

Snack Recipes:

Nut Butter Apple Pizza

Create this satisfying treat using Michigan apples from Meijer! The 2013 Michigan apple crop is expected to be the best crop in over 25 years! Buying local supports your local community and farmer.

Remove apple core and cut apple into 1/2" thick slices (slice crosswise, opposite direction that the apple core runs, to make circle like shapes). Brush with pineapple juice or lemon juice to prevent browning. Spread apple slices with 2 Tbsp. peanut butter and sprinkle with Meijer granola and dried cranberries.

Fruit Kabobs with Cheese Cubes

String different varieties of melon cut into chunks, whole strawberries, chunks of 2% milk cheese (cut into 1" cubes) and pineapple wedges or grapes.

Hummus Mini Pitas with Cucumber

Slice open mini-pitas, spread with humus and fill with sliced cucumber. Add additional veggies, such as sliced grape tomatoes, if desired.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Granola

In an 8 ounce cup, layer Greek yogurt and fresh (or frozen thawed fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries). Top with 2 tablespoons granola.

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