After the end of a school day, kids will head straight for the kitchen looking for something to eat. Parents have a golden opportunity to nourish kids with snacks that are both healthy and satisfying.
Here are three snacks that my daughter Jenny and I created for a kids’ cooking snack class recently. These snacks are easy for parents to whip up after school — and kids will have fun making these treats with their friends and family.
If your kids will be running out the door, have a zip-lock bag nearby and fill with as much popcorn as possible.
4 cups popped popcorn
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place the popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil until lightly coated. Sprinkle with the cheese and toss gently until it is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 cups.
Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Pops
Make this recipe your own by substituting kids’ favorite fruit juice and adding fruit such as chopped cherries, bananas or peaches.
2 cups cranberry/raspberry juice
1 cup strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup strawberries, cleaned, hulled and chopped
In a bowl, combine the juice, yogurt and strawberries and stir until completely blended. Pour the mixture into 6 pop molds, insert the sticks, cover and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Makes 6 pops.
Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Marshmallow Dip
Kids love to thread their own fruit kabobs. If you have small cookie cutters in the shapes of stars, hearts or flowers, keep them on hand for the kids to make fun shapes before threading the fruit onto the skewers.
1/4 cup strawberries cleaned, hulled and sliced in half
1/4 cup pineapple cubes
1/4 cup grapes
1/4 cup watermelon cubes
Marshmallow dip for serving (see recipe below)
Thread the fruit onto 6 skewers (you can use any combination of fruit). Serve with marshmallow dip. Makes 6 skewers.
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese at room temperature
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow fluff
In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Makes 2 cups.