Snacking can be part of a healthy balanced food plan if they are planned for each day. Many times children come home from school "starving." If you don't have snacks they can have, they will grab anything available. Try these ideas for make ahead snacks for your after school gang.
Oat Cereal Bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
3 cups oat ring cereal
1/2 cup salted peanuts (optional)
Bring sugar and honey to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter until blended. Pour in cereal and peanuts, mixing until well coated. Spread in buttered 9x13 pan and let cool. Cut in squares.
Kid Friendly Snack Mix
6 cups frosted oat ring cereal
1/2 cup animal crackers
1 1/2 cups small pretzel twists
1 1/2 cups cheese-flavored snack crackers
1/2 package (9-ounce size) shark bites chewy fruit snacks
Stir together all ingredients. Store in airtight container.
Kid's Snackin' Corn
9 cups corn, popped
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/3 cup peanut butter
Pop the corn. Over low heat melt the butter or margarine with peanut butter until runny. Drizzle over the popcorn and mix well. Spread in shallow baking pans and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times. The corn will crisp and topping will set.
After School Fruit Treat
1 1/2 cup seedless grapes
1 cored and sliced red apple
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons white grape juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
Combine grapes, apple, orange, cantaloupe and cinnamon stick. Mix remaining ingredients. Pour over fruit. Cover and marinate in refrigerator until chilled. Remove cinnamon stick. Divide marinated fruits equally into 4 serving dishes.
Cheese and Carrot Bagels
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons carrot, shredded
Blend the cream cheese and peanut butter together and mix well. And the shredded carrot, mixing well. Serve on toasted bagels.
Sweet ‘n Spice Snack
2 cups corn square cereal
2 cups rice square cereal
2 cups apple cinnamon oat ring cereal
3 cups Bugles original corn snacks
1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons orange juice or water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Spray with cooking spray or grease 15x10x1-inch pan. In very large bowl, mix cereals, corn snacks and peanuts. In small bowl, beat egg whites, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon, using wire whisk or hand beater, until foamy. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Spread in pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until light brown and crisp. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Store in airtight container.