7 Easy After-School Snacks

Summer fun really made the days go by quickly. Now the kids are going back to school, and we all know what that means — they’ll be coming home and asking, “What is there to eat?”

You don’t want the kids tackling their homework on an empty stomach, so here are seven fun (and easy) after-school snacks:

Taco Pinwheels

4 soft flour tortillas
4oz softened cream cheese
1 cup seasoned taco meat
Shredded Mexican cheese

  1. Mix all ingredients (except tortillas) in a bowl
  2. Spread over tortillas
  3. Roll tightly and wrap in plastic wrap
  4. Refrigerate 1-2 hours
  5. Cut into 1-inch slices
  6. Olé!

Pizza Pockets

8oz can of crescent roll dough
1/4 cup marinara sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
Your kids’ favorite pizza toppings

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Divide the dough into four rectangles
  3. Spread marinara on half of each rectangle, leaving space around the edges
  4. Add cheese and toppings
  5. Fold over the other half of the rectangle
  6. Press the edges together to seal
  7. Pierce the tops with a fork
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes
  9. Mama mia, that’s good!

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

4 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
Bacon bits
¼ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup buttermilk
Sea salt & pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. On a baking sheet, season sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake until tender, about 35-40 minutes.
  4. Let them cool, then cut them lengthwise.
  5. Scoop out most of the flesh and put it into a bowl with the buttermilk and more salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Beat it smooth and re-fill the skins with the mixture.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes or so, until the edges get brown.
  8. Top with the Greek yogurt and bacon bits.
  9. How sweet it is!

Ants on a Log

Celery (stalks cleaned and cut into thirds)
Peanut Butter (or cream cheese, or Nutella)

  1. Spread peanut butter (or favorite spread) into celery
  2. Place raisins in peanut butter
  3. Snack time!

Banana Dogs

Hot dog buns
Peanut butter
Squeeze Jam

  1. Spread peanut butter inside hot dog bun
  2. Place banana on top of peanut butter
  3. Squeeze jam over banana
  4. Mmmm!

Apple Racers

Apple slices
2 grapes for each apple slice (cut in half)

1. Push a toothpick through each end of the apple (The axles!)
2. Place a grape half on each end of the toothpicks, flat side out (The tires!)
3. Rev up that appetite!

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad

Melon (in season, cut into 1” slices)
Grapes (cut in half)
Strawberries (Tops removed, cut in half)

  1. Slice melon into 1” thick rounds
  2. Using cookie cutters, cut shapes out of melon
  3. Place all fruit in large salad bowl
  4. Lightly sprinkle with sugar if desired. Mix.
  5. Dig in!

And here’s a bonus one — perfect for October.

— P.J. Butland