When you hear the school bus round the corner, you know that in just minutes, hungry kids will be marching into the house looking for an after school snack. Treat them, and yourselves, to these healthy and sneakily delicious choices.
Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites
This snack is the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Not to mention, bananas have endless heath benefits such as potassium, protein and vitamins A and B. With these bite-sized goodies you can give your kids a healthy snack without them even knowing!
3 large bananas
? cup nut butter of choice
½ cup melted chocolate of choice
Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
Melt chocolate and remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
As another fruit based snack, these apple cookies combine all your favorite cravings but in a healthy way. Nutritionist have found tons of health benefits in eating chocolate as well. Dark chocolate are packed full of antioxidants and can improve brain function. So if you ever needed an excuse to eat chocolate, there is yours.
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Slice apple into thin rings and remove core.
Spread peanut butter over one side of ring.
Top with pecans, coconut shreds, and chocolate chips.
If your child is looking for a little bit more substance, these veggie wraps are the perfect healthy bite they can enjoy without spoiling their dinner. You can also substitute any of the ingredients to satisfy your picky eater. Not to mention, they are perfect to wrap up and bring on the go.
1 tablespoon shredded carrot
1 tablespoon shredded zucchini
2 tablespoon fresh goat cheese at room temperature
1 whole-wheat flour tortilla, about 8 inches in diameter
Blot the shredded vegetables dry with a paper towel.
Spread the goat cheese evenly over the tortilla, all the way to the edges.
Sprinkle the vegetables on top of the cheese, leaving about 1 inch uncovered on one side.
Starting on the vegetable-covered side, roll up the tortilla into a tight cylinder (the exposed goat cheese will act as a glue to hold the cylinder together).
Trim the ends, and then slice the cylinder crosswise into pinwheels.