School’s Out: Can I Have a Snack, Mom?

Author: Shannon Miller

Where is the first place your kids tend to go when walking in the door from school?

Can anyone say kitchen? Kids are hungry when they get home from school.

If you’re tired of your kids reaching for the nearest bag of potato chips or leftover Halloween candy, Deb Perelman from offers several suggestions for some quick after school snacks that your children can help you prepare (quick is the key word!).1

  • Tiny tortilla pizzas. You’ll need small corn tortillas, salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese.  Scoop the salsa and cheese on each tortilla.  Place tortillas on a pan that is covered in tin foil.  Toast in oven until the cheese is melted.  Your kids can help by putting the salsa and cheese on the pizzas and by covering the pan with tin foil.
  • Cherries with brown sugar dip. Mix ¼ cup of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.  Your kids can help by mixing the ingredients and washing the cherries.  Finally, dip the cherries in your tasteful concoction!
  • Strawberry cheesecakes. Mix 3 ounces of cream cheese (after softening it for 10 seconds in the microwave) with 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam.  Spread the mixture on graham crackers (that have been broken into smaller pieces).  Your kids can help by breaking up the graham crackers or mixing the cream cheese and jam.  You can eat right away or chill the cheesecakes for 30 minutes.
TIP:  You’ll be sure to serve more than just appetites when you let your children help you in the kitchen!


Perelman, Deb  “10 Super Yummy After-School Snacks.” on  31 Oct 2010
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