Wednesday, September 15, 2010

After School Snack Attack

I don't know about your child, but mine comes home starving. Before he can answer, "How was school today?", he is asking, "Did you bring me a snack?" It is not unusual for him to eat yogurt, seaweed, mini pumpkin muffins, strawberries and leftovers from last night, only to ask a few hours later if dinner is ready. Our children work so hard at school; mentally, emotionally and physically, and they need lots of proper fuel. A while back I posted some Lunch Box Ideas. Now, here are some after school snack ideas from Wildtree.

Chocolate Marshmallow Granola Bars
Serves 12

Wildtree Hearty Morning Granola Mix, prepared
2 cups miniature marshmallows
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Heat marshmallows, butter, and brown sugar in a sauce pan until melted and bubbly. Add granola. Stir to coat. Grease a 9x9’’ pan. Press granola to coat all areas evenly. Cover surface evenly with chocolate chips. Press lightly to adhere. Cool in refrigerator until set. Cut into bars. Eat right away or wrap in plastic to be stored for up to 2 weeks.

Fruit Tacos
Serves 10

1 pint strawberries, chopped
2 small bananas, sliced
2 peaches, chopped
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
3 tablespoons Wildtree Raspberry Peach Sauce
10 taco shells
½ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup sliced almonds and pecans (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine fruit with Raspberry Peach Sauce. Fill taco shells evenly with fruit mixture and top with yogurt. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and nuts, if using.

Cranberry Graham Snacks
Serves 8

6 ounces non-fat Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Wildtree Cranberry Spice Blend
8 honey Graham Crackers
1 pear, sliced

 Blend yogurt, cream cheese, Cranberry Spice Blend and honey with an electric hand mixer until almost smooth. Spread onto graham crackers and pear slices and serve.

Tortellini Kabobs
Serves 10

1 (8 ounce) package spinach tortellini
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 (7 ounce) package fresh baby mozzarella
20 wooden skewers
1/3 cup Wildtree Basil Pesto
¼ cup warm water
½ cup ricotta
2 tablespoons sour cream

Bring water in a medium sized sauce pan to a boil. Add tortellini and cook about 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool off enough to handle with your hands. Thread each skewer with a tortellini followed by a tomato, another tortellini, and topped with a mozzarella ball. For the dipping sauce blend Basil Pesto Blend with warm water to hydrate. Then add ricotta and sour cream. Stir to blend.

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