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Top Notch After School Snacks


Looking for a few more dishes to feed the kids when they get home? Here are three top notch after school snacks your kids will love:


Chicken Kabobs:

-Nutrition Facts: 126 calories, 4g carbs, 12g protein, 7g fat, 1g saturated fat

-Directions: Cut chicken breasts into long strips (about four strips per breast, depending on the size). Then, marinate the meat overnight in a mixture of equal parts vegetable oil and low-sodium soy sauce. Before the kids get home from school, stick the strips of chicken on kabob sticks and cook over a flat griddle. If you don’t have one accessible, simple fry in a pan and stick them on sticks after. Dip in a peanut sauce (combine peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, garlic and lime juice).


Cranberry Orange Muffins:

-Nutrition Facts: 175 calories, 31g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein, 5g fat, 0g saturated fat

-Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray. Next, blend ½ cup of orange juice, 1 orange, 1 egg and ¼ cup of vegetable oil in a blender. In a bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of flower, ¾ cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt. Stir in the blended liquids slowly. Mix in ½ cup of dried cranberries and pour the batter into the muffin tray. Bake for 20 minutes or until the outside of the muffins turn golden.


Homemade and Healthy (well, healthier) Whoopie Pies:

-Directions: Mix 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of coco powder, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, stir 1 ¼ cups of sugar, 3 eggs, ¾ cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 ½ cups of pureed beets. Set the oven to 350 degrees and drop small balls of the batter onto an oiled cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.


For the filling, mix 2 tablespoons of softened butter, 3 tablespoons of marshmallow fluff, 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Spread the mixture onto the flat side of the cooled cake and push another cake on top.


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