When it comes to after-school snacks for kids, parents don’t have to settle for cookies, chips or cereal bars. There are many quick, tasty and healthy snack options you can make for your kids. Try the seven snack ideas below that are as simple to make as they are delicious!
Baked Whole Wheat Bread and Cheese Sandwiches
Although the cooking time for baked whole wheat bread and cheese sandwiches is 30 minutes, the prep time is a tenth of that, which is why these snacks have made the list. Preparation is easy: For each sandwich you take 2 pieces of buttered whole wheat bread, place a slice of cheese between each piece and lay the sandwiches in a shallow cooking dish. In a mixing bowl, combine one egg, a dash of milk and a pinch of salt to taste. Blend the eggs, milk and salt and pour the mixture over the cheese sandwiches. Place the cooking dish in the oven and bake at 180 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Peanut Butter and Raisin Sandwich
The great thing about peanut butter and raisin sandwiches is that they are both delicious and nutritious. Bread, peanut butter and raisins are the only things you’ll need to treat your child to a snack that is quick and healthy. White bread or wheat bread, chunky or creamy peanut butter – It doesn’t matter what you use so pick whatever your child enjoys!
Garlic bread doesn’t always have to be served with pasta – it can also be dished up as a snack that is fast, tasty and healthy. White bread or French rolls work best because they can be buttered and toasted for an authentic Italian treat. To make the garlic butter, combine 1/4 cup softened butter and a pinch of parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. Season with a dash of garlic salt and pepper and mix into a buttery spread.Top off your toasted bread or roll with the garlic butter and you’re done in less than ten minutes!
If your kids live for pizza, then homemade pizza bread can be a real treat and requires only four simple ingredients to create a snack that is as delicious as it is healthy: White bread, tomato sauce, cheese and toppings. Simply spread the tomato sauce over the bread, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and your child’s favorite toppings. Place the pizza toast into the toaster oven and bake until the cheese begins to melt.
Both delicious and nutritious, bread cube casserole can be a great snack idea for parents who like the convenience of a dish that is already made and is ready to be reheated.To start, slice pieces of white bread or wheat bread into cubes and place along the bottom of a baking dish. Combine eggs, cheese, and a dash of milk in a mixing bowl and stir before adding some of your child’s favorite toppings such as ham or vegetables. Pour the mixture over the cubes, allowing them to soak up the liquid. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes or until the top begins to brown.
Eggs in a Basket
This recipe may seem more appropriate for breakfast, but who says you can’t have eggs for a snack? Eggs in a basket may be one of the easiest snacks to make and children are delighted with the creative cut out shapes in the toast. For this recipe you will need a cookie cutter, whole wheat bread, butter and eggs. First, heat the butter or oil in a pan on medium heat.Then use a fun cookie cutter shape to cut a hole in the middle of a piece of bread and lay it into the pan. Fry both sides until golden brown and then crack an egg into the hole of the bread and fry until thoroughly cooked and flip to the other side.
Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches
A cucumber and cream cheese sandwich can be a terrific alternative to heavier snacks – substantial enough to keep your kids going until dinner without spoiling their appetites. Spread a little cream cheese over slices of white bread or whole wheat bread and add slivers of cucumber. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and you have a quick, delicious and nutritious snack.
Whether parents are looking to prepare dishes ahead of time for quick and easy snacks or they’re searching for recipes they can make with their children and serve immediately, these 7 snack ideas are a great alternative to some of the other nutritionally inadequate options.
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